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Who We Are

Designing for the 21st Century, one great client at a time! We are practical idealists that believe that as shapers of the built environment, we can not only create great places for people to live, work and play, we can also move the needle forward on creating a more sustainable world that is more inclusive of its inhabitants. We are a 30-person team of architects and project managers that have worked on a wide variety of education, civic, commercial and transportation projects in the Bay Area and throughout California. Over the past 15 years, AE3 has built an extensive design portfolio and has had the privilege of managing the construction of projects ranging in scope and budget. We are an award winning firm, and as a 100% African American Owned practice, we are one of the largest Minority Owned architecture firms on the West Coast.

Clients since 2007

Ground up Buildings

City/State/Federal Clients

It's All About You!

As the Client, you are always center stage and our role is to translate your dreams into reality. Our designers will work together to understand your aspirations, your needs and your concerns.

Small Firm Service. Large Firm Vision.

Our firm is large enough to provide talented and experienced professionals for every role, but small enough to provide a personal, tailored level of service for each client.

Good Design Can Coexist With Your Budget and Schedule

As architects that understand great design and project managers that understand budget and schedule, we help our clients to find successful solutions.

Less Is More

Clean lines, simplicity and good proportions never go out of style. Our pragmatic approach provides an ideal balance of economy and utility that is beautiful and timeless.

Yes, We Are Trying to Save the Planet

All of our projects incorporate sustainability, most are built to LEED or Calgreen Standards, and many of our buildings now meet Zero Net Energy Standards.

Our Diversity

We believe that we must use the power of our profession to create a more positive, inclusive, and sustainable world for all of us. The designers of our communities should resemble the persons that inhabit them.

Featured Project

patelco credit union & Sprinkles

Patelco Credit Union and Sprinkles is a joint commercial retail space located at the new Bishop Ranch City Center Shopping Mall in San Ramon, California. The two companies are serving up financial wellness and sweet treats, including a cupcake ATM.

I agree that form follows function, but getting inspiration is the key to good architecture.

Featured Team Member

Meet Anika Scott

I agree that form follows function, but getting inspiration is the key to good architecture.



Conceptual Design

Project Entitlements

Design Development

Construction Documents


Construction & Project Management

 Budget Development
and Tracking

Design Management

Value Engineering

Bid Management

Change Order

Project Closeout

Sustainable Design

Project Sustainability

Guidelines and Strategy

Sustainable Design

LEED Certification

Low Impact Design (LID)

Site Planning

Existing Building / Real Estate Portfolio Analysis  

Real Estate Acquisition & Development

Property Search/Identification

Property Evaluation/“Test Fits” Due Diligence

Project Conceptual Development

Market Analysis

Financial Analysis/Pro Forma Development

Space Demand vs. Supply Analysis

Long Range Forecast Needs Assessment

Let’s Build Something

Reach out to us to understand how AE3 can give you the critical advantage on your next project.

315 Montgomery Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA

(415) 233-9991