About us

Ware Associates is an award-winning design firm that transcends the traditional boundaries between architecture and engineering, designing buildings whose craft and detail spring from an intimate understanding of materials and fabrication.

Located in the heart of Oakland, overlooking beautiful Lake Merritt, we are a close-knit integrated office, where coordination of all aspects of a project are deliberately built into the work product. At Ware Associates we consider projects not only as functional spaces, but unique creations, developed in concert with our client's desired performance criteria, available budget and aesthetic aspirations. From inception, each project is a collaboration with the client. Our team works with the materials, light and space, and elements of construction to infuse a client's creative ideas with the technical innovation to make their ideas reality. We carefully consider all details to convey a sense of what the building of structure is made of, those who have crafted it, and the community it is destined to serve. It is this human touch and scale that makes our projects enjoyable places to stop, to sit, or just to be.

Ware Associates offers a complete and integrated range of architectural and structural engineering services from initial site evaluation and schematic design through to construction documents and contract administration services. Our excellent reputation stems from creative, on-time and on-budget commercial and civic projects ranging from community centers to public park facilities, and pedestrian bridges. As members of the U.S. Green Building Council and with LEED Accredited Professionals on staff, Ware Associates is deeply committed to providing leadership in sustainable design practices, and integrating sustainable measures into planning and design. Ware Associates is also a certified Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) with the City of Oakland, a Very Small Local Business Enterprise with the Alameda County Transportation Commission, and a Small, Local, Emerging Business (SLEB) with the County of Alameda.

We are proud to have successfully collaborated with public agencies, developers, and landscape architects on a variety of municipal and commercial projects. Our clients include the City of Berkeley, the City of Burlingame, the City of Cupertino, the City of Mountain View, the Oakland Museum of California, the City of San Mateo, East Bay Regional Parks District, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District. We've also worked with developers Lennar Urban and Martin Building Company, landscape architects Lutsko Associates, RHAA, and Restoration Design Group, and architects EHDD, Dilworth Eliot Studios, Siegel & Strain Architects, Studio Urbis, and Cheng Design.