DESIGNWORKS’ founder and Principal-In-Charge, Hamed Akhavein, began his career in architecture in San Diego in 1984 after finishing his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at University of Southwestern Louisiana.

After building his foundation with several architectural firms, Mr. Akhavein opened a partnership practice, 2 DESIGN, in 1988. Two years later, he branched out on his own, creating DESIGNWORKS. Mr. Akhavein is actively involved in every facet of the business. Beyond his responsibilities for design and project direction, he manages the firm’s professional and technical resources. His 26 years of experience give him a deep understanding of quality, scope, budget and schedule.


At DESIGNWORKS, we seek to create long term value for our clients, and to enhance efficiency, sustainability and livability of spaces and sites. DESIGNWORKS’ professionals relish the challenge that each project brings.

We listen closely to each client, whether it’s a world-class industry leader like Incyte Pharmaceuticals embarking on a major upgrade to its laboratories, a start-up firm seeking to reinvent its offices, or a couple looking to update their living space. Each client becomes an integral part of the collaboration from the moment an idea is proposed all the way through final construction. Combining state-of-the-art technology with efficient business practices and processes, DESIGNWORKS is dogged about keeping each project on schedule and within budget.


Over the last two decades, DESIGNWORKS has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious and full service architectural firms in Northern California.

The expertise and talent of DESIGNWORKS’ professionals span all facets of architectural design and drafting. We place a high priority on staying at the cutting edge of industry trends and advances. We encourage each professional to regularly attend seminars, lectures and courses to stimulate fresh thinking and learn new techniques.

DESIGNWORKS maintains highly sophisticated technology to manage and produce projects efficiently. The team’s proficiency with the latest technology, such as CAD upgrades, is often sought by other architectural firms as part of DESIGNWORKS’ consulting services.