The Studio W Story

Founded on the principles of serving the communities where we live, work and play, Studio W Architects was established as a design firm specializing in educational and public works architecture. The company originally opened its doors in Fremont, CA in 1989 as an architecture and structural engineering practice named BCA Architects. Soon thereafter, the firm began focusing exclusively on architecture and expanded into the commercial market.

Today, Studio W Architects is a full-service architecture, interiors and planning firm with thriving public and private education, civic, commercial and retail markets throughout California. The firm rebranded from BCA Architects to become Studio W Architects in 2021 as a reflection of the company’s current leadership, core values and energetic staff.

Our mission of enriching the fabric of communities and delighting the human experience is a mainstay of our culture and the foundation of what we do. Our innovation and passion are driven by research, lessons learned, continuing education, a commitment to sustainability and, most importantly, partnerships with our clients and users. We create spaces where people learn, socialize, imagine, collaborate and dream—and WE HAVE FUN DOING IT.

well beyond design.

Architecture is more than just great design. We know that in order to be successful we must also bring a high-level of value and service to our clients. We approach each project by examining all aspects of how it will be implemented and how it will ultimately perform. How is the project funded and are there ways to maximize the investment? How does the building, campus or organization influence the community and how might the scope of that project enhance its social impact? And how does the timeline of implementation directly affect the financial outcomes?

We bring together our knowledge, expertise and affiliations with industry partners to bridge the gaps between vision and reality. We reach solutions that extend WELL BEYOND DESIGN. Once we understand the project and the challenges or opportunities it presents, we can craft creative, responsive and practical designs that are imaginative, emotional and timeless.



Studio W Architects provides a myriad of services to assist our clients and their projects in reaching their fullest potential. Our expertise is derived from hands-on experience, evidence-based design and a determination to excel at all levels of our practice.


January 4, 2022 in Studio W Spotlight, News, Brie Gargano, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Spotlight: Brie Gargano

Sacramento, CA—Please meet Brie Gargano, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT, Client Leader and Associate in our Sacramento Studio. With more than 20 years of architectural experience, Brie’s career has been…
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December 27, 2021 in 12 Months of Architecture, Brian Whitmore, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

12 Months of Architecture: Reflections of Gratitude

As we look back on 2021, we're so grateful for and proud of the partnerships, relationships and successes we shared with our clients, staff and all business associates. Some of…
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December 7, 2021 in Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Ian Bjorgum

Studio W Spotlight: Ian Bjorgum

Sacramento, CA—Please meet Ian Bjorgum, Project Designer in our Sacramento Studio. Ian has been with the firm for two and a half years and is exceptionally talented in creating BIM/CAD…
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November 9, 2021 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Gillian Crane, Klaude Matias, Mario Hernandez

Studio W Architects Team Takes 1st Place in IIDA “Haunt Couture” Fashion Competition

Avalon, CA—LA Haunt Couture is an annual event hosted by IIDA (International Interior Design Association) that brings together architecture firms and college students for a spectacular runway show competition at…
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November 5, 2021 in Abby Annis, Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Spotlight: Abby Annis

Sacramento, CA—We’re pleased to introduce Abby Annis, Project Architect in our Sacramento Studio. Abby has been with the firm for nearly three years, where she started as a project designer…
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November 4, 2021 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Architects #10 Fastest Growing Private Company in Silicon Valley

San Jose, CA—Thank you to the Silicon Valley Business Journal for including Studio W Architects on the list of Fast Private Companies. Studio W Architects ranked #10 on the list…
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October 16, 2021 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Sacramento Studio Open House Celebration

Sacramento, CA—We had such a wonderful time welcoming guests to our new office space at our Grand Opening on October 7th! The celebration was a culmination of several months of…
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October 1, 2021 in Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Leslie Guenther

Studio W Spotlight: Leslie Guenther

San Jose, CA—Please meet Leslie Guenther, Studio W Architects’ Controller. A valuable part of our business services team, she is responsible for accounts receivable and accounts payable, oversees human resources…
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October 1, 2021 in News, Life at Studio W

AIACV Design Access 2021

Sacramento, CA—Thank you to the American Institute of Architects Central Valley (AIACV) for featuring Studio W Architects’ new Sacramento office in the Design Access tours. We’re excited to participate in…
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September 7, 2021 in Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Michael Henning

Studio W Spotlight: Michael Henning

Irvine, CA—Please meet Michael Henning, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Construction Administrator and Associate Principal, in our Irvine office. Michael has been with Studio W Architects for more than 10 years…
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