Acme Architectural Group (Acme) was founded in 1986, to serve a wide range of clients needing residential, commercial and industrial design services.

Over the years, Acme has designed and supervised the new construction or remodeling of dozens of private residences, commercial spaces, and industrial complexes.

Acme principal Richard Vaterlaus has been a licensed architect in the State of California since 1993.

During some of that time Richard served as a Building Inspector for the City of Oakland, where he learned first-hand what it takes to get plans through the system. As he often says, "The prettiest plans in the world aren't worth much if they won't get you the permits you need to build."

His knowledge of all phases and types of construction and depth of experience as an architect and business owner make him a uniquely qualified resource.


Because Acme principal Richard Vaterlaus brings 20+ years as an architect and 12 years as a Building Inspector to the table, Acme is able to offer a breadth and depth of services unmatched in the field:

  • Architectural design
  • Title 24 energy calculations (residential, commercial and industrial)
  • Code analysis
  • Permit-ready drawings
  • Coordination (and familiarity) with engineers, planners, builders, landscape architects, and interior designers to ensure project completion, on time and within budget
  • Realistic cost estimates based on extensive experience

There really isn't much Richard hasn't seen or isn't familiar with, from the San Francisco Academy of Sciences to the most basic (or involved) bathroom remodel.

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