Y&M Architects is an architecture firm

focused on designing efficient, human-

friendly, and sustainable multi-unit housing.

Y&M Architects, formerly John Cotton Architects, Inc., provides full architectural services including master planning and urban design. Over the years, the firm has been the recipient of nearly 50 design awards from such organizations as the Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects, National Association of Home Builders, and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.  Y&M Architects has developed a widespread practice in market-rate, government-subsidized, affordable family and senior housing, as well as condominium projects completing over 11,000 units. Currently, the firm has an additional 1,000 units of multifamily housing in various stages of planning, design, and construction.

Y&M Architects is committed to design excellence and provides a “hands-on” approach to architecture, developing long-standing relationships with clients and public agencies. Senior staff members are directly involved with every project from inception to completion, working closely with client management teams and consultants to ensure continuity throughout the process. It is this philosophy that has resulted in a strong portfolio and has earned the firm a specific reputation for the design and implementation of both economically and aesthetically successful projects.


  • A Community of Friends
  • Abner Company
  • William Arnold
  • City of Arvin
  • City of Bakersfield
  • City of Bellflower
  • Bren Company (Irvine)
  • Bunker Hill Associates / Metropolitan Structures
  • Chandler Pratt & Partners
  • Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
  • Corporation for Better Housing
  • City of Beverly Hills
  • Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles
  • California Pacific Construction
  • Edwards Property
  • Essex Property Trust, Inc.
  • Glendale Federal Savings and Loan
  • Goldrich and Kest
  • Irvine Pacific Development Company
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
  • Kaufman and Broad
  • Kenneth Cokeley Development
  • City of La Mirada
  • Lincoln Properties
  • Levine Management Group, Inc.
  • Mayer Construction Company
  • Menorah Housing Foundation
  • Meta Housing Corporation
  • Occidental College
  • City of Paramount
  • City of Parlier
  • Pico Union Neighborhood Council
  • City of Porterville
  • Raleigh Enterprises
  • City of Santa Monica
  • Shappell Industries
  • Southern California Housing Development Corporation
  • Thomas Safran Associates
  • Werner Scharff
  • R.W. Selby Company, Inc.
  • U.S. Condominiums
  • City of Vernon
  • Western Naval Facilities Engineering Command
  • World Savings and Loan