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Built In The Past. Designing the Future.

We listen. We think. We explore. We design the built environment.

Nacht & Lewis is a multi-disciplinary design firm, deeply rooted in the historic fabric of the Sacramento community. Over the last 97 years, we have built an outstanding reputation for designing innovative solutions with integrity and dedication. Our project portfolio can be seen throughout Northern California, the Central Valley and beyond. We specialize in civic, education, healthcare, justice (corrections & courts) and public safety markets. Quality is represented throughout our body of work, but it is our team behind the name that makes us so exceptional. Nacht & Lewis is made up of a collection of imaginative and strategic problem solvers who genuinely enjoy collaboration for the best project outcomes, having fun together and with our clients along the way.

From the beginning of each project, we employ a solutions-based approach to design that is carried through every phase of the job and brought to life with the latest visualization technologies and trends. Collectively with our clients, our trusted consultants and the surrounding communities, we create designs that enrich the community and environment.


Sustaining a reputation of excellent architectural design for nearly a century is no small charge, achieved through outstanding leadership, innovation and high-quality client service.

In 1922, a young architect from New York, Leonard F. Starks, traveled across the Country to Sacramento at the request of his employer to design a chain of theatres. Construction difficulties with the first theatre, The Fox-Senator, provoked Starks to establish his own firm, setting the foundation for what Nacht & Lewis is today. The Fox-Senator and the Alhambra Theatres, while no longer standing, played a significant role in the formative years of architecture in Sacramento and this firm. Signature buildings designed by our founding architects include the Elks Building, C.K. McClatchy High School and the U.S. Post Office Building. Through the next nine decades, names and faces have changed but one thing remains the same…when one looks at Sacramento’s architectural history, our work is seen everywhere.


Our commitment to being guided by integrity, designing thoughtfully, delivering excellence, empowering the team and cultivating optimism - our core values, has contributed to our ability to develop lasting client relationships. In fact, we take pride in the fact that over 75% of our business is from returning clients.

Featured Clients


Administrative Office of the Courts
Agricultural Bank
Calaveras County
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
California Department of General Services
California Imaging Institute
Center Unified School District
City of Sacramento
County of San Mateo
Department of Veterans Affairs
El Dorado County

Elk Grove Unified School District
KXTV Channel 10
Lake County Sheriff’s Department
Los Rios Community College District
Merced County
Modesto Radiology Imaging
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Natomas Unified School District
River Oak Center for Children
Sacramento County
Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento Sheriff’s Department
Sacramento State University

Sacramento Zoological Society
San Benito County
San Joaquin County
San Joaquin County Office of Education
San Juan Unified School District
Sonoma Valley Hospital
Superior Court of California, Solano
Sutter County Office of Education
U.S. General Services Administration
UC Davis Medical Center
UC San Francisco Medical Center
Washington Unified School District
Yuba City Unified School District


Connecting with our clients, partners, colleagues and surrounding communities through associations and organizations is critical to providing relevant services for each and every project.

Staff members at all levels at Nacht & Lewis are involved in various associations, organizations and groups that meet their professional and personal desires, which in turn contributes to a higher degree of service for our clients. We are proud to be involved with the following associations and organization:

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA Central Valley Chapter
– Academy of Architecture for Healthcare (AAH)
– Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ)
– Technology Committee
– Committee on the Environment
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
California State Association of Counties (CSAC)
California State Fire Marshall Codes Task Group

California State Sheriffs Association (CSSA) – Corporate 100 Sponsor
Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI)
Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH)
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC)
Construction Industry Education Foundation
Council for Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)

Eskaton Foundation
Real Estate & Construction Network (RECON)
River Oak Center for Children
Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO)
Sacramento Builders Exchange
Sacramento Building Information Management (BIM) Network
Sacramento Metro Chamber
Society for Marketing Professionals, Sacramento (SMPS)