Hilliard Architects, a women-owned small business, designs healthcare and bioscience buildings, clinics and laboratories. Our services range from design and construction phase services to investigation, study and forensics.

What sets us apart from other firms is our technical excellence.  We improve designs or solve puzzles through building science—the integrated knowledge of building components, materials, structures and systems.

This excellence translates to your projects thoroughly well done by our architects and designers who have exemplary knowledge, experience and skill sets.

Who are willing to crawl around a job site to really understand the project and its parameters.

Who are proficient with tools like BIM, resulting in well-integrated and efficient plans.

Who are in close communication with our client throughout the entire process.

Who are, gosh darn it, really great to work with.

“For a project with this many challenges to be successful takes a strong cohesive team. Hilliard Architects produced a quality set of drawings in a short period, was a team player and responsive throughout the construction process.

I hope that we have the opportunity to work with Hilliard Architects on another successful project.”

– Sr Project Manager/North America-based int’l construction company, Lycée Français

What We Do

Designed to help mind and body.

As healthcare facilities have evolved to be responsive and needs-specific, our designs provide technical solutions while focused on the people.

A hybrid operating room with advanced imaging devices enables combined multiple procedures with one stay, potentially resulting in faster recovery by patients.

A Community Living Center, on the other hand, offers long-term resident Veterans both function and aesthetics: private, homey rooms with areas for social interaction and support staff.

The Center for Integrated Brain Health & Wellness treats young Veterans with traumatic brain injuries. It provides cutting-edge rehabilitation and research while engaging the clients with a non-traditional health club ambience.

Collaboration between the architect team, VA physicians, psychologists, therapists and the Vets themselves was key to determining the Center’s design.

“When people come to me about a new building, they say “We want a nice building like the Brain Health & Wellness Center, not just another box.””

– Contracting Officer/VA Martinez, Center for Integrated Brain Health & Wellness

Making buildings better.

We can provide analyses of building components, materials, structures and systems to improve new designs.

We offer forensic investigation, litigation consulting and solutions for building failures such roof, skylight or window leaks.

Our knowledge works for you.

In addition to healthcare design and building science, our expertise includes (but isn’t limited to!)

About Us

Hilliard Architects was founded in 1988 by Mike Hilliard, AIA, LEED AP. Our Oakland-based firm is a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB).

Our clients include government agencies, not-for-profits, large contractors, building owners and A/E partners. Projects span the SF Bay Area, throughout the Sacramento Valley corridor and up to Reno, Nevada.

We bring technical excellence to architectural design through building science. As one of the first LEED-accredited architecture firms in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are committed to sustainable design.

Technical excellence requires specialized tools. Hilliard Architects is 100% BIM (Building Information Modeling), using industry-leading Revit software by Autodesk. Project information management is handled via Newforma Project Center.

“It was nice to work with you—you actually cared about the project—and you were really knowledgeable.”

– Owner’s Representative/Construction Management Company, VA Mather

About Mike Hilliard

Mike Hilliard, puzzle-solver extraordinaire and our resident building scientist, brings technical excellence to design. His experience as project architect and medical planner is critical to many of our clients’ projects.

Mike’s technical expertise is industry-recognized. He is hired by architects and engineers to solve puzzles which would otherwise prevent buildings from being successful.

“We like working with Hilliard Architects because Mike knows hospitals.”

– Supervisor Client, VA Martinez