Our Mission

     To become an indispensable member of the design, development and construction team by continually demonstrating how our expertise, innovative and sustainable designs, and collaborative problem solving techniques dramatically increase the value of any construction project.

Our Story

     In 1991, Jim Bickel created an architectural firm specializing in innovative design and uncommonly detailed service. Over two decades since our founding, we have developed a distinct design philosophy. We believe that it is possible to create a building or environment in which the entirety of the project is more valuable than the aggregate of its individual components.

     Our philosophy is to ensure that the final project has a value greater than the capital invested. To achieve this, our experienced staff listens to the goals and desires of our clients. Through collaboration and careful examination of each step, from the macro to micro, the Bickel Group has completed construction documents for commercial, healthcare, restaurant, educational, religious, residential and adaptive reuse projects with a construction value totalling nearly $500 million.

Our Firm

     Our firm consists of AIA accredited and LEED AP professionals. We create a work environment where each person strives individually with their craft and more importantly as a team member.

Jim Bickel
Licensed in California, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico & Arizona

     Jim has over 28 years of experience in site design, building conceptualization, project management, code analysis, and construction of retail, office, medical, religious, educational, restaurant, and residential projects. He also has extensive experience in the management and preparation of construction drawings and specifications as well as client interaction, governmental processing, construction administration and engineering coordination for Type I high-rise to Type V buildings.

Jim received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, at San Luis Obispo in 1986. He has been a licensed architect in California since 1989. Jim is a member of the American Institute of Architects and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is the architect member of both the Granville Design Review committee in Newport Beach and the Marbella Design Review Committee in San Juan Capistrano. In addition, Jim is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

Away from the office, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. He enjoys playing golf, traveling, and being involved with his sons' activities.