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Commercial Architecture

Our commercial architects in Salt Lake City, UT provide professional commercial architecture services in Utah & throughout the United States. We understand how the right retail or office space can make all the difference. Through our commercial architecture services, we conceptualize and deliver efficient communal spaces that reflect the development’s intentions and exceed your expectations. Our attention to every element of design and structure helps us create experiences that are relaxed yet uplifting, and sophisticated yet comfortable.

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Commercial Building Architects

Selecting an architect is usually the first and most important step of any project. A commercial architect melds the art and science of building, designing a space that looks impressive and functions effectively. From luxury getaways to municipal centers and medical facilities, we hone in on the critical purpose your space needs to accomplish. With a clear destination ahead, we develop each piece of the necessary framework to reach it. We make building decisions with careful consideration so that your team, clients, guests, and visitors will have a positive and rewarding experience.

Award-Winning Commercial Architects in Utah

Our Utah-based architecture firm includes award-winning commercial building architects that bring unmatched architectural design experience and skill to the table. We rely on collaboration with project owners to ensure each commercial architecture project we create reflects your vision and meets your needs. By using our expertise, and working closely with your team, we design industry-leading commercial buildings in Utah and across the country.

Commercial Building Design

Like residential architects, commercial architects lead the entire design process for your commercial property. Here are just a few of the steps our architects typically take to guide the design development and construction of your project:

Initial Consultation:

This first step is where we collaborate to align our work with your vision. We not only discuss requirements but establish a strong working relationship which is critical for project success.

Development of Initial Design:

With all the information at-hand, our commercial architects begin their initial design plans, often consulting with other professionals such as a structural engineer, HVAC experts, and lighting designers to make sure their design is not only in line with safety codes but is working to the advantage of each design and construction element. When the design is approved, we draw up detailed specs and contracts to guide and inform the general contractor. These spec documents, along with design proposals listed below, are usually required before permitting can begin, as well.


Once complete, the necessary building permits can be applied for and obtained so that construction can begin. Architecture firms help organize and manage this often convoluted process to expedite it as much as possible.

Project Planning:

Before we begin, we compile all the information we need to create an effective design. The timeline, budget, and general aesthetics will be outlined, along with existing permits, zoning information, and more.

Diagrams and Schematic Design:

By adding additional layers to the initial design, commercial building architects can display additional information that will be critical to the construction and permitting process. Diagrams show governmental agencies how certain regulations are accounted for in a project while schematic design shows the full description of building systems (including mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical requirements), along with interior and exterior materials and finishes.

Ongoing Project Support and Construction Consultation:

Because commercial architects have created the plan for the building, they act as critical consultants and advisors to the general contractor and construction teams, as well as interior designers, lighting designers, and other professionals who bring the project to completion.

Commercial Architecture Services

Our commercial architects provide commercial architecture services in Utah and across the United States, delivering award-winning architectural design for the following types of commercial buildings:

For recent projects in these categories and more, browse our recently completed projects.

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Commercial Landscape Architecture


While a building or collection of buildings is the center of commercial development, they are not the only focus. Perceptions and interactions with space begin with the outside environment. Commercial landscaping has become more and more critical as people realize the power landscaping holds in positively shaping a person’s overall experience.

At Think Architecture, we look at each project holistically. Our coordinating commercial architecture and landscaping architecture teams design and develop structures and landscaping in harmony. Unlike other architectural firms, we offer comprehensive architecture for every facet of your project under one roof. This not only improves communication across both our teams, but it helps us align our vision to deliver a more cohesive final product.

Patio Design at Eaglewood Lofts in Northern Salt Lake | Salt Lake City Multifamily Architects | Think Architecture
Landscape Architecture at Nielsens Grove Historical Park in Orem, UT designed by Salt Lake City architects | Think Architecture

Commercial Landscape Architecture vs. Commercial Landscape Design

Landscaping architecture is a highly skilled service that goes above and beyond landscaping design. More than how the outdoor environment looks, our landscape architects design how it will serve and support your commercial space. Our commercial landscaping team brings extensive knowledge of several different areas to your project, including architecture, urban design, civil engineering, geography, horticulture and botany, ecology and sustainable design, and more.

For the most well-considered and intentional landscaping, turn to our commercial landscapers for functional and beautiful landscapes, hardscapes, and waterscapes.

Take the next step

For your next commercial project, trust the architectural experts at Think. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, we serve 16 states and counting; let us know how we can help you.

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Commercial Architecture FAQs:

What is commercial architecture?

Commercial architecture is a specific type of architecture that is focused solely on designing buildings and spaces that are used only for commercial purposes. Commercial buildings perform or provide a service, including familiar buildings such as restaurants, offices, restaurants, retail stores, hospitals, and much more. Throughout the design process, it focuses on the specific needs of that business while incorporating functional design. Commercial building requirements are different from residential requirements. For example, it’s common in commercial architecture to incorporate elements such as large bay access points, storage facilities, refrigeration facilities, parking requirements, environmental control, fire regulations, and more.