Habitat Architecture

residential design architects

Habitat Architecture is a boutique design firm, focused primarily on designing high end, environmentally responsive, residential projects of distinctive character, practical function, and architectural integrity. Whether building new or remodeling, your main residence or your cabin or lake home, your loft space or condo, you can trust our expertise and creativity to bring about the highest outcome and satisfying experience to your project. Best results in any building project starts with thoughtful planning and creative intelligent design.

As your residential design architects and your primary advocate during the entire process, we are committed to your ultimate success of and rewarding experience. Beside being able to listen well and understand your unique set of circumstance and goals, at the core of our practice we draw from the following background and strengths:

  • Strong background and experience in a variety of architectural styles, scales and special design considerations, such as accessibility, ADA and aging in place.
  • In depth knowledge and expertise in latest design trends, construction material and techniques in the market, and application of sustainable design and green building.
  • Proficient skills and experience with designing on small infill lots, challenging terrains and special need clientele.
  • Market awareness and sensitivity to costs, re-sale value & investment, as an important component in design approach.



While every job is different, we approach it with the same passion, energy and design ethos. We are contemporary – modern – residential design architects, meaning that whether building a new house from scratch, addition or renovation of an existing house or finishing a basement, our designs always maximize the potential for light and space, connect ‘inside and out’, combine old and new, and blur the boundaries between being on vacation and at home. 

Green Architecture

As well as enhancing well being, our architecture respects the environment. We are ‘green architects’ in the sense that we create buildings that harmonize with the site’s natural features and have minimal impact on the environment. Our approach varies depending on the project and the client, but typically includes specifying high levels of insulation, renewable energy solutions, rainwater harvesting and conservation systems, and, where possible, ‘green’ building materials.

Modern Sustainable Design

Regardless of project type, site or budget, whether you are looking for an architect to design your new contemporary house, an addition or reconfigure your existing building, a luxury finished basement, indoor sports court, or outdoor living space, we will work with you to create modern, sustainable architecture for easy 21st century living.

My wife and I began an odyssey in 2006 when we started designing a high-end home to be built on an amazing Mississippi River lot. We hired Habitat Architecture to give us a fresh perspective on a previous architect’s plans, and it was the best move we could have made. Hamid learned about us, what we were trying to accomplish, our budget, and most of all, how our new home would integrate in with its surroundings, by taking our extensive list of wishes, the incredible South facing river views, existing old growth trees and our budget into account – and created a Mediterranean masterpiece. 
His complete redesign maximized our design requirements and created an incredible, visually exciting and very comfortable and livable home. We truly do have a ‘wow’ house.

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His input on the design, layout and function of the home was invaluable, and without his involvement, I doubt the project would have been a success. The flow, feel and relaxing tone of our home comes from staying true to a design ideal, and Habitat was there for us every step of the way.

Working as our advocate with the builder, he helped keep the technical details of the project on track, corrected foundation framing errors and added a critical 3rd view of the project throughout construction. Without his input before, during and after the building process, so many details would have been done incorrectly or left out. He kept his attention level high and the builder on task. He truly was our project manager, design consultant and advocate.

Our home was featured on the 2011 Homes by Architects Tour, and was highly praised. 
After 5 years, we still say “wow” every day. We would highly recommend Hamid and Habitat Architecture to anyone looking for architect services – even if you have one already!

Ed Klemz· Minneapolis, MN

We recently completed a whole house remodel with Habitat Architecture.
Attention to light and flow created spaces both beautiful and functional. Our kitchen is now a wonderful focal point of our home and it is a joy to gather in all of our new spaces. The new areas blend seamlessly with the old creating a historic home with all the perks of new home living (hello closets!) The expertise and experience of Hamid Kashani yielded results far beyond our expectations.

Katie S.· Minneapolis, MN

Hamid’s willingness to listen to our wants and needs, his creative suggestions, and his easy-going personality made him a great fit for our project. He knew when to listen and also when to “push back” with creative alternate ideas. We are not only happy with the finished product, but also with the entire design process. Hamid helped make it fun, efficient and stress free. We ended up with our DREAM HOUSE! It fits us perfectly in every single way….

Michael J· Minnetonka, MN

Hamid designed our house 20 years ago, and then designed a significant addition 12 years ago. On both projects, he showed an outstanding ability to listen and understand our needs, and then translate that into designs that have worked out just perfectly for us.

He was very open to our ideas, often adjusting his approach based on our suggestions (we had some very specific ideas on how our kitchen should work, for example). 

We’d definitely go back to him for our next construction project.

Steve N.· Bloomington, MN

We hired Habitat Architecture to design our cabin. Hamid provided us prompt and professional service. He really listened to what we wanted, gave us excellent design advise, and kept the costs within our budget.

We are very happy with the end project and will enjoy our cabin for many years to come!

Laurel K.· Bloomington, MN

Hamid was wonderful to work with during the design process of a significant remodel. He provided creative solutions which allowed us to end up with a higher quality result, while being pragmatic at the same time.

Diane Ross· Bloomington, MN

We have worked with Hamid on many projects in the past and have always found his drawings to be spot on. His knowledge of codes and construction has been very helpful in the past and I am sure anyone using his service will be very pleased.

Tim Schoen· Lyman Lumber Co.

Hamid provides excellent design at a great value. As a Project Manager, I have found his designs to be well thought out and very build-able.

Steve Clinton· Project Manager

Hamid is a very talented, thoughtful Architect. His designs reflect the dreams of his clients and are a pleasure to build.

Jim Baratto· Baratto Brs. Construction

About Habitat Architecture

The balance between beauty and function, and sensitivity and integration to the site and its surrounding environment is a challenge that can never be underestimated. The commitment to that ideal is the main driving force behind our work as residential design specialists and home remodeling experts. As such, designing homes of distinctive quality and character is our passion, and long list of satisfied clients is the testament to what sets us apart from others, as the premier residential architecture firm in the Twin Cities.

For more than twenty years, we have been serving the community, working with homeowners and collaborating with homebuilders, designing and remodeling hundreds of homes of various styles and scales, providing uniquely distinctive, thoughtfully creative and sustainable designs, sensitive to the lifestyle and budget that responds to today’s living and marketplace, as well as the environment.

As residential design specialists, not only we are to help you avoid costly mistakes, we can guide and direct you to creative ideas and solutions you may never have considered. Our mission is to make good design a necessity, by creating the highest outcome through thoughtful and strategic approach. It is therefore imperative to understand our role in your project as a critical component for success, rather than a luxury you can’t afford.



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