“Effortless to work with and expertise bar none”

As this was my first experience with tenant improvements in commercial real estate, I am so thankful to have found Michael Dern for my business. He's a great communicator, extremely easy to work with, and incredibly transparent, straightforward, and informative. Michael worked with my budget and tight timeline and produced clean work that turned my pencil sketches into something tangible. Michael is the only architect I can trust for my projects and the only architect that I would recommend. 

— Vivian Xue, Pamper Nail Gallery

“Everything we wanted and more”

There are moments when everything in your project falls into place, and the results are perfect. That was how we felt about getting to work with Michael Dern. We were originally slated to work with another architect, and due to various circumstances, we ended up being assigned to Michael for our large house remodel project.

Let's start with the fact that Michael is the nicest man ever. He is thoughtful, kind, courteous, works well with clients and contractors, and really listens to what you have in mind for bringing your building dreams to reality. Move on to the fact that Michael has incredible depth of knowledge, both in aesthetic architectural details and engineering concepts that can take your project to new heights (which he did on our project, literally transforming a low-slung ranch into a modern craftsman haven).

Aside from his expertise and attitude, we loved the fact that Michael wasn't afraid to offer new ideas -- and truly, his suggestions are spot-on. He suggested pass through areas, a pantry and a window configuration that truly transformed our little ranch into something so much more liveable and enjoyable. We remodeled over 75% of our house, and Michael was meticulous with all of the details, no matter how small they were. He cared as much about the position of wall sockets as he did with the window placement, and we felt truly looked after by someone with great expertise. Without Michael's guidance and artistic sense, we would not have the home we have today.

If you are looking around for an architect who will work in brilliant ways -- and make it enjoyable in the process -- then you don't need to look beyond Michael Dern. Not only can we confidently recommend him, we would hire him again in a second if we had another project.

— Rick and Christy


“Extremely proactive, collaborative, and solution-oriented”

Michael Dern was brought into a challenging project to augment the design effort on a project in Northern California.

I found Michael to be extremely proactive, collaborative, and solution oriented with the items he was assigned to. Michael’s attention to detail, experience, and common sense approach was very helpful in finding solutions to rather difficult design challenges encountered on the project. Based on my experience with Michael I would highly recommend him.

— Bob Aroyan, Deacon Corp.