SVBJ Architectural Firms Ranking


Yes,,-theBayAreaeconomy is booming. But, that’s just the start to this story. DES Architects + Engineers’ (DES A+E) current success is much more than that.

Recent industry rankings showcase DES A+E’s growing strength in its key markets. The firm placed higher than ever on ENR California’s annual Top Design Firms list, placing 3rd for interior workplaces and 5th for commercial buildings. Topping that, the firm ranked as the #1 architecture firm in the Silicon Valley for the first time.*


DES A+E’s integrated design expertise and seven in-house services provide a better experience and better results.

Focused on four core markets — commercial, science and tech, healthcare, and education — DES takes lessons learned from each market and leverages those insights to improve design. The synergies between these markets provides a distinctive advantage to clients. Take education spaces. The design teams are utilizing lessons learned from tech workplaces to improve learning environments, such as creating flexible spaces, maximizing daylighting, and integrating indoor-outdoor connectivity.

“We have deep roots in each of the four markets.” says Steve Mincey, CEO of DES A+E.  “As such, we understand the demand and need to create unique spaces that appeals to specific users. This ability to tailor solutions to each client enables us to best deliver on their vision.”

Whether a space for learning, healing or working, DES is leading the way by pushing the boundaries of design and offering novel solutions. Currently, the firm is creating forward-thinking projects that include:

  • Moffett Gateway, a 628,000-sf, LEED Platinum tech campus with a 30,000-sf roof garden
  • BioMarin, 24,000-sf adaptable workplace for a pioneering life science company
  • Crossover Health Center, a 8,000-sf, next-gen corporate wellness center
  • Design Tech High, an innovative charter school being built on Oracle’s HQ campus

SVBJ Rankings -- Moffett Gateway 2

DES’ culture thrives on teamwork, initiative, innovation, and flexibility. These are many of the same qualities that makes the Silicon Valley so special.


With wind at its back, DES A+E is opening a new office in San Francisco’s Financial District. The new, 3,800-sf location will offer multiple advantages, most importantly a convenient place to collaborate with San Francisco and North Bay clients. With DES A+E being adept at what many simply call the Silicon Valley style, the time has come for the firm to lead a new generation of startups in San Francisco.

The firm’s breadth of services and design expertise does indeed set it apart but it’s paring those characteristics with a client-focused approach and a small-firm feel that puts the company on the top of the charts.


About DES Architects + Engineers

For over 40 years, DES Architects + Engineers has designed working, learning, and healing environments for our clients.  As a full-service design firm headquartered in Redwood City, California, DES provides creative and sustainable solutions that serve the needs of municipal, healthcare, education, development, and science and technology clients.

*Sources: Silicon Valley Business Journal  and ENR California