client testimonials

“Thank you for creating such an amazing space for us. Every single person that enters our office makes comments about how much they love our space. It is everything we hoped it would be and so much more. Light. Creative. Open. Great flow. And form was never at the expense of function. What a talent you are. Your unflinching attention to detail is a source of daily enjoyment for every one of us here at Donat/Wald. I can’t wait until we do an entire building together.”

-Lucas Donat, Founding Partner, Donat/Wald Company

Although I’ve worked in real estate development and home building for nearly 15 years, I knew that when I began the renovation of my home on the beach in Marina Del Rey, it was a project that demanded a more creative architectural and design element: more that anything I’ve done throughout my career. With this realization (and a relatively exhaustive search) came Alexander Elias.

Alexander took the project, which easily could have been dismissed as simplistic remodel, and created a totally unique design element, which added a wonderfully open, contemporary style and feel throughout the unit. The finished design is not only extremely functional, but also makes a strong creative statement without overwhelming the viewer.

There is no question that his work has created tremendous value both architecturally and financially.

-Antonio M. Saxon
Vice President
Land Acquisition & Forward Planning
Beazer Homes, Los Angeles Division

We were lucky enough to catch Alex Elias at the start of what is sure to be a big career in architecture. He’s passionate about architecture, and it shows. Alex’s finished product continues to wow all our neighbors who stop by regularly to ask for his name and number. He impressivly turned a two bedroom one bath bungalow into a gorgeous two story cape cod – and what is definitely the nicest house on the street! Our primary objective was to make sure our “remodel” looked as if it was the way the house was originally designed, and Alex definitely delivered! And to top it off, he was a pleasure to work with and always made himself available which we appreciated.

-Al and Tracy Shaffer

“Working with Alexander Elias Architecture has been a pleasure. Alex’s design exhibits an artistic integrity that both appreciates the natural landscape of my home and aligns well with my stated aesthetic desires. Moreover, his designs are not only beautiful, but also are practical, build-able structures and I have enjoyed my deck immensely!”

-Jeremy A. Netka
Vice President
Bovitz Research Group

Alex is extremely professional and creative. Linette and I were looking at re-doing our house in Santa Monica, California, without using anymore of our backyard. Alex sat down with us and showed us remarkable patience with our novice questions. Alex designed our Dream Home, all within our budget and use of property. Alex is very aware of the always-changing codes of our city. Being our first remodel, and, hopefully, our last, we were definitely a little intimidated with the process prior to meeting Alex. Alex made it a very smooth, bumps-free ride with all his attention to detail and professionalism. Linette and I would definitely refer Alex to our closest friends and family. He’s sharp, enthusiastic, and has a creative mind.

-Doug & Linette O’Neill

We had a good idea of what we wanted our addition to include but Alex made several suggestions that made it so much better than if he had just designed what we asked for. He not only prepared the plans and obtained the necessary approvals from the City (no easy task in itself) but stayed involved throughout the construction process, monitoring the work of the contractor to assure that it conformed to the plans. Alex was a pleasure to work with, and I would recommend him without reservation.

-Sandra Kass & Chris Gilman

We hired Alex to design a remodel for our house. We had a fixed budget and vague ideas about a modern Japanese-style design. Alex listened to us and returned with a better-than-imagined architectural solution that combined light, space and structure wrapped into an environmentally aware design. His attention to detail enabled us to get our plans approved quickly. During construction he has been conferring with the contractor as questions and issues arise. We would eagerly recommend him to anyone with an architectural design project.

-Richard & Chika Parr
Culver City, CA

Alexander handled my commercial space design, renovation, and build-out from start to finish. His drawings were extremely detailed, so my contractor and sub-contractors could give me accurate estimates. Moreover, Alex toured the site weekly to keep on top of the contractor. I didn’t have to interact with the contractor at all — Alex did all the work for me. And, the architectural design for my law offices is amazing: business-like, but warm; organized; and light-filled.

David Glass, Esq.
Glass Family Law
Beverly Hills, CA


I’ve brought Alexander in on several projects to help my clients determine how to attain highest and best use of their real estate property. He is absolutely great to work with: smart, personable, creative and trustworthy. I have walked through the final results of some of his projects and am always impressed by the balance he strikes between form and function. I highly recommend Alexander Elias Architecture without reservation.

Anthony Papillo, Esq.
Coldwell Baker
Los Angeles

Alexander Elias is the architect you want for your project if you are looking for someone with vision, integrity and talent. Alex is committed to providing an excellent product and service at the cost quoted. We worked with him on a code and building and safety sensitive issue, and he provided us with exactly what we asked for and, more importantly, guided us on what was needed for the building department. I have also seen him work with two business colleagues, one on a major home remodel and the other on a commercial space build out, and both projects were handled with the utmost care, creativity and cost-effectiveness.

Jan Bauer
Los Angeles