From the outset, interior designers in Vegas don’t expect their creations to rival the lavishness of the city’s palace-like hotels. Instead, they shoot for timeless elegance or desert tranquility, or even sleek modern — whatever style fits the client’s taste. Budgets are more of an afterthought for Vegas’s high-rolling homeowners, and this allows a designer’s imagination to run wild. That means sunken courtyards, floating stairways, glass-encased wine cellars, and other such eye-popping design elements are almost standard. But the best of interior professionals in Vegas know that anyone can throw up Swarovski-crystalled chandeliers in unlikely spots. That’s not how to demonstrate skill. Instead, the designers on this list were chosen because they know how to put lofty designs to practical use and create large and not-so-large homes, where not one element is out of place. Years of experience and scope of project were important criteria, as were dazzling presentation and fulfilling the wishes of the client, the ultimate judge.
Office design might be one of the few things in Las Vegas that bears no trace of flamboyance. The city’s corporate architectural scene is easily overlooked by the splendor of the landmark casinos running up and down The Strip. Perhaps that is because so few corporations not in the resorts and hotel market have made their home in Vegas. Or, it could be due to the tempering influence of the harsh desert climate. But if function and visual appeal set the standards, then Sin City’s business offices meet the mark. And that is largely because of the firms listed here. Whether the firm’s reach is nationwide or global, each has put careful research into designing spaces that have every right to call themselves workplace wellness zones. The ranking here is straightforward: by project scope, client prestige, and depth of vision.
Like everything else in Vegas, dining is high stakes and high speed. This former cowboy town has a culinary culture that was born and still lives in the shadow of the city’s main attraction casinos. Big-name restaurants did not come to Vegas until the mid to late 1960s when the tourist trade took off big-time. That’s when casinos joined the arms race to attract world-class eateries. The result has been a booming business for architects, as long as they have the skill and resources to choreograph dining scenes that high rollers would look twice at. The firms on this list meet that criteria. Each one is a giant among giants, as each has a reputation for design brilliance that has gotten the attention of a famed chef or Vegas kingmaker. The ranking was trickier. It came down to experience, innovation, and genius.
It’s amid tough competition that design-build professionals, no matter their pedigree, set up shop in the breakneck Las Vegas home-building industry. Even during market downswings, one can find home price tags in the stratosphere. And extreme wealth isn’t the only thing the Vegas market has going for it. It’s also a magnet for the most passionate, driven, and dedicated artisans anywhere, many of whom have spent years dreaming of the chance to break ground in some of the most picturesque settings in the country. All of this would make ranking design build firms in Vegas pretty hard, and it was. The grading done here came down to levels of expertise: which firm took on the most challenging projects and which had the resources to offer clients a home build like no other. Still, the lines are blurred. Difference in firm size and revenue will seem like petty calculations when one compares them to the posh homes these pros consider a routine project. Although the firms have been ranked by “best-in-class” order, not one of them can do a bad job.
When most of us think of Las Vegas, we think of the Strip, that dazzling stretch of lights and glitz and “what happens there stays there” mentalities. We think of casinos so fancy, so huge, that families even take children there to ooh and ahh at the fountains of Bellagio, marvel at the pyramid of the Luxor, or swim in the glistening pools of Mandalay Bay. The architects behind those fancy casinos deserve attention; those are beautiful, functional, and smart buildings. There’s more to Vegas, though, of course, in terms of commercial buildings. Many off-the-Strip buildings are impressive in their own right. Here we name the top 10 commercial architects in Las Vegas, some responsible for some of the glitz of the Strip and others making Vegas beautiful elsewhere. What they have in common is their passion and dedication to creating lasting structures for private and public use that look impressive on the outside and are also highly functional on the inside.
Terms like “luxury” and “grandeur” barely come close to describing the multimillion-dollar residences in Vegas that compare in size to a 747. These are the castles that gave birth to the term “starchitecture,” a term still relevant but not as defining as it once was. That’s not to say that citadels with tons of custom stone and bowling alleys in the basement aren’t being built. They are, but with less fervor. Instead, even casino moguls today have scaled back, preferring a minimalist design and much less real estate. The Vegas housing market is transforming, and one developer leading the way is Ascaya, which is building up a luxury hilltop community in Henderson. The goal there is more functional, creating desert getaways or primary residences that offer an outdoor-indoor living experience, but also timeless design that matches the landscape. To that end, Ascaya hand-picked a few of the most skilled and prominent residential architects to create inspiration homes. Some of those architects are on this list. Even if they are out of state, being selected by Ascaya to re-define home luxury in Vegas carried much weight. Other weighty criteria were innovation, adaptability, and professional stature.