Firm Profile

Architecture has the potential to transform. This process begins with our ability to understand each of our clients’ needs and goals, and the potential of their unique project. Creating a design vision that is collaborative, comprehensive and transformative forms our core value and is reflected in each of our projects.

CA Architects is committed to offering quality architecture and personalized professional services tailored to each project and clients’ needs. We offer rich interaction and principal-level attention for the duration of each project. The breadth and depth of our experience ensure that CA Architects will meet the complex functional requirements of each projects, while providing our clients with superlative service and a design that exceeds their expectations.

CA Architects is a San Francisco based firm that provides full architectural and design services, with extensive experience in commercial, education, institutional, exhibit + zoological, transportation, residential and other project types.



Joshua Cohn

Joshua Cohn founded CA Architects in 2004. During his +25 years of practice he has worked on a variety of challenging and award winning projects throughout the world; from small scale residential design work to large, mixed-use commercial projects and major international master plans. Josh has always considered design to be at the center of his approach to architecture; from the beginning programming and concept phase through the construction of the project, the focus is on bringing built form to the design vision. Josh’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and publications.

Previously, Josh was an associate with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill where he led the design efforts on a variety of award winning projects. As a senior associate with NBBJ Design, Josh led and managed design teams on a diverse range of challenging projects such as the Los Angeles Discovery Center, the Children Cancer Research Center at the University of Texas, the Bay Area Veterinary Hospital as well as a variety of large-scale international projects. The breadth and scope of design projects for which he has been directly responsible provides our clients with a vision that is both compelling and comprehensive.

Josh received both his Master of architecture and his Bachelor of Arts degrees in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded the prestigious Eisner prize in architecture at UC Berkeley.

Josh is licensed in the state of California and NCARB and is a member of the AIA.


Philip Snyder

Philip Snyder brings more than twenty-five years of design and construction experience to CA Architects.

Formerly a senior technical architect with the internationally recognized design firm of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), Philip’s experience with both large-scale international projects as well as domestic projects both public and private, has been focused on how buildings are put together and the recognition that a building’s integrity begins with the structure and the exterior wall.

Philip was the senior technical design architect for numerous domestic and international projects. His projects include the new US Embassy complex in Beijing; the Sacramento State Library restoration and seismic and infrastructure upgrade; the Kuwait Police Academy, Dole Corporation’s World Headquarters, and the US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, San Francisco . Philip also led the technical and design coordination for the development of the award-winning Poly International Plaza project in Guangzhou, China, and the 500,000 square meter Kerry Center in Tianjin..

With proficiency in Type I, III and V construction types, and extensive experience in construction team interface and coordination, as well and field work and quality control, Philip is an important member of the CA project team.

Philip is licensed in the state of California and is a member of AIA.


Suemi Liu

Suemi Liu is an Electrical Engineer and Lighting designer . She has received her Bachelor of Harbin Institute of Architectural Engineering and has received numerous awards for her design work. She is a Senior Electrical Engineer, Professor, national registered electrical engineer, Director of Hainan Provincial construction survey and Design Association, the national electrical network station of Hainan the Secretary-General, as specialists in Hainan Province, Simay(Hainan) project manager. Over the last 20 years, Ms. Lui has garnered extensive experience in electrical & lighting design, and as part of the senior management team, has successfully managed a wide range of project teams that include: Tianjin Palace Hotel, Tianjin Causeway Bay Commercial Mall, Tianjin Juchuan Gold Coast Hotel ,Jinfeng Hill Sorest , Wanlilong Hotel , Platinum Coast Hotel of Hainan.

刘素梅,星美照明设计公司项目负责人,毕业于哈尔滨工业大学,教授级高级电气工程师,国家注 册电气工程师,海南省建筑勘察设计协会理事,全国电气情报网海南站秘书长,海南省图审专家,现为海南星美公司项目负责
人。从事电气设计工作20余年,积累了大量的电气、灯光设计经验,具有很好的沟通和协调能力主要业绩包括:天津市皇宫饭店、 天津铜锣湾商业广场、海南海口豪生酒店、海南星海湾商业街、海南海口新埠岛游艇展览中心、广州希尔顿酒店、河南南阳豪生酒店等,海南尖 峰岭铂金五星酒店,海南龙沐湾高尔夫酒店公寓,海南文昌白金酒店,海南万利隆酒店项目