Karl Dakteris Architecture


Your Project is about you, your vision, your needs. Karl listens to you and creates a solution that brings your project to reality in a way that surpasses your expectation. Your project should fit your lifestyle and taste and provide a strong sense of place you are proud of. With over 35 years of experience, Karl is skilled at creating a solution that fits you and the site constraints in a creative, affordable and timely manner.
Karl Dakteris Architecture is a boutique architecture firm specializing in designing new homes (custom or production), new commercial properties and renovations/remodels. Whether you are a homeowner, home builder, or commercial property owner or developer, you’ll appreciate the Karl Dakteris difference:
Your work is done by a Senior Architect.

Karl, a licensed Architect with over 35 years of diverse experience, will handle your project from start to finish. You’ll never be shuttled from one member of an “architecture assembly line” to another.

You are heard.

Karl will truly listen, and then let your visions, desires, ideas and needs serve as his inspiration in the design process.

You are always in close communication with your Architect.

Karl continually communicates with you throughout each step of the process.

Meet Your Architect: Karl Dakteris

A licensed Architect with over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of project types and sectors, Karl is highly skilled in all the technical aspects of architecture: feasibility studies, floor plans, elevations, detailing, code research, entitlements, quality control, etc. But it’s the intersection of his technical expertise and his passion for design that enables Karl to work the “magic” that his clients appreciate.

Throughout his career as an Architect, Karl’s passion for architecture has been evident to everyone he works with. You will see it in his attention to detail. And you’ll feel it in his drive to nurture your project through to completion, always striving to ensure you get the most value out of the project.

Karl is licensed in both California and Arizona. He studied architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci Arc) in Santa Monica and earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).

Awards and Recognition

Award winning Condominium project in Rancho Mission Viejo for Lyon Homes. Aurora is considered one of best examples of Multi-Family for sale product in Orange County; won an OC AIA award for Best Multi-Family Project.

Condominium project in Irvine for Lyon Homes. Won Orange County MAME award for Best Multi-Family Floor Plan.

Award winning Condominium Loft Podium project in Phoenix Arizona for Artisan Homes. Spearheaded Design and delivery of 40 Unit, 1.8 Acre Urban Infill project. Created flexible base floor plans enabling buyers to customize their units. Project was awarded with 2005 Best in American Living platinum awards “Home of the Year” as well as “Best Attached Urban Infill” and “Best Attached Home + 20 U/A”. Honored with 2006 Nationals Gold award for “Best Attached Home”.

Offering A Full Range of Architecture Services, From Initial Concepts to Construction Drawings

From stunning custom homes to apartments or senior living housing where even the smallest units feel delightfully open and spacious, Karl’s approach ensures your property will be a pleasure to live in.

Restaurants… retail stores… office buildings… self-storage facilities… storefronts. Each commercial property type has its own architectural nuances. Take advantage of Karl’s 35+ years of experience designing all these property types.

Perhaps you’re looking to add a Master Suite to your home. Maybe you need to modernize an apartment building, renovate a retail center or remodel a restaurant. Whatever your needs, Karl has the expertise to update your property.

Complete range of architectural design services, including:

Site and Zoning Analysis
Site Feasibility Studies.
Urban Infill and Reuse.
3D Visualization.
Concept Design, Design Development, Construction Documents.
Entitlement Procurement including Planning, HOA and Building Department.
Engineering Coordination.
Interiors and Furnishing Advice.
Contractor Selection & Bid Analysis.


For several years, my wife and I considered transforming an unused balcony space off our bedroom into a useable living space. Having worked with a contractor on a relatively large backyard landscaping project, we both agreed we could not imagine they would be able to adequately create the space we’d envisioned. It was clear to both of us an architect was the only option. Karl Dakteris’ name popped up quickly when we scoured local online recommendations. After interviewing a couple architects, we knew immediately that he was the best fit for us. Not only did he get to know each of our perspectives on the remodel, but he was thoroughly professional, prepared, and prompt. Communication was excellent and his solutions to problems were concise and practical. When he offered us the first visual renderings, we were pleased to note he listened to us. Throughout the project, he was available for any calls and meetings with the contractor and structural engineer, and, for that matter, any concerns or issues we had during the remodel process. Because his work was so thorough there were few issues related to the design and the outcome was precisely as he designed it. We highly recommend Karl Dakteris for any project of any size.

“Working with Karl Dakteris Architects has been an absolute pleasure. Karl is a very creative, thoughtful, and patient architect who listens closely and is very attentive to detail. “

L.D. Newport Beach, CA

If you are in search of an architect who is truly professional, extremely creative yet eager to listen to the client’s needs and desires, goes beyond that which he is obligated for to make sure those needs and desires are accomplished, then look no further than Karl Dakteris. He is a pleasure to work with.

B.W. Monarch Point, CA

I hired Karl Dakteris to create an indoor-outdoor paradise that emphasized California living. The goal was to keep the integrity of the modern architecture with a refined, softer interior and exterior. Karl’s achievement in this regard was beyond expectation. Karl has years of experience in Southern California and he is masterful at creating truly unique and progressive architecture. Working with Karl is comforting and wonderful. His expertise, calm demeanor, patience are just a few of his assets. Personality and professionalism plays about a 75% role in who I hire, Karl has these attributes in spades. I cannot recommend Karl enough, he is a joy, highly intelligent and easy to work with.

Bill Flynn, Real Estate Investor Laguna Beach, CA

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Karl Dakteris on my new duplex construction in Newport Beach. Karl is a talented, approachable, and honest architect who works with you from the beginning to find the best solution for your project. He never puts his design vision ahead of your needs or your budget. His advice is one text message or phone call away and is always constructive and intelligent. I recommend him without reservations

Alex Newport Beach, CA

We engaged Karl to design a master plan for our entire 1970's two-story home with the intent of delivering the vision in stages over several years. From the first meeting, we knew we had found our architect. He was very thoughtful, asked great questions, took away our initial ideas and quickly came back with suggestions for materials, layout, functionality, and staging of the phases overlaid on renderings of our spaces, fully aligned with our initial expressions. Another iteration to get to full renderings, and a last presentation to agree final specifics. From there we had our full drawings, engineering calculations, and off to permitting. His support through our first stage of work has been on point; answering all of our questions, leading us to great material suppliers, and guiding us through the various steps. We are really enjoying watching the vision come to life and look forward to working with Karl for many years to come.

The Williams Dana Point, CA

Karl has been fantastic to work with. Right away he came up with some very creative ideas and helped us to think about what would be the best options for our remodel. He communicated constantly throughout the entire process. He also communicated directly with the contractors, going over the plans with them. And he researched county requirements so that the plans were according to code. His attention to details was impeccable. His ability to transform our vision for our home into a beautiful, efficient, and practical home was amazing. Karl worked efficiently in developing ideas, reworking plans, and completing a fantastic design until we had approved plans. Karl consistently went above and beyond. Remodeling our home was a daunting task. Karl was great to work with and provided careful guidance from start to finish. In the end we were absolutely delighted with how our home turned out—far exceeded our expectations.

Zach and Kristen Schoening Orange, CA

Karl is a great Architect. He listened to what we wanted, designed and completed our Home Remodel / Master Bath expansion on time and on budget. Karl also got the project permitted with the City very quickly. In addition, Karl helped us with the contractor bidding and selection process. I would strongly recommend Karl

John Fushman Irvine, CA

“Working with Karl has been truly a great experience for me. He responds immediately to calls and emails. Best of all, his professional experience and design skills impressed me. I started two apartment projects in LA County and with Karl’s help and his entitlement experience we got City approvals sooner than I thought. I highly recommend working with Karl, he is one of the best Architects I have worked with.”

Thomas Emtiaz Client

We are absolutely thrilled with our new home design, thanks to Karl! From the first time we met we realized Karl was the sort of architect we wanted to work with as he listened and understood our vision and our constraints and worked magic! Karl understood when we wanted to change the design for budgetary reasons, something we did not observe when interviewing other architects during our search. From the start, he worked with us in picking the right team that met our desires for excellence and affordability. He took our preliminary design concept and turned that into a beautiful and functional design that I wouldn't have envisioned on my own, despite my years of experience as an engineer. We are completely impressed by Karl and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a visionary and talented professional who is a pleasure to work with. ‘Thank you so much!’

Sean Haeri, P.E., P.T.O.E. Client 2019

My architect, Karl Dakteris goes beyond the expected job description. He took extra time in person, by phone and emailed to share our building plans with our neighbors, the HOA, and the building department countless times to be sure everything was perfect. His attention to the hundreds of details is exceptional and his calm demeanor will help you breathe easier during this huge endeavor. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Karl.

Cindy Galloway