We are Better Together.


Here at AO you’re not just a number, you’re family. We believe in casual Fridays, company sponsored events, annual holiday parties, picnics, bowling and more. As the host of Toastmasters International, we seek to expand one’s confidence in public speaking, leadership and teamwork while providing both professional and personal growth. With collaborative work spaces and driven coworkers, AO welcomes creativity, learning, and lasting relationships.


Holiday Ugly Sweater & Snowflake Contest

Over the 2020 holiday season we celebrated the end of the year with a virtual zoom happy hour which included an ugly sweater contest and paper snowflake contest. The top 3 winners in each category received a prize for their hard work and creative costume. It was a wonderful celebration spent with the entire AO family. We are looking forward to holidays spent together soon!

2020 Friendly Center Food Drive & Fundraiser
The AO-Friendly Center Food Drive and Fundraiser was an overwhelming success. Together AO raised a total of $13,860 that will provide a weeks worth of food to over 1,000 OC families in need during the holiday season! We would also like to congratulate the 46 AO team members who earned a special gold star for completing the November fitness challenge, walking, running, and biking a total of 6,245 miles. This outstanding success proves that AO truly can make a tremendous impact on our community, and that we are in fact Better Together!
AO Steps into Sept.

For the month of September AO team members were presented with the challenge to complete either 60 miles of running/walking or 180 miles of biking. The goal was to encourage team members to stay healthy while working from home as well as give back to the Friendly Center. With 50 competitors completing over 6,400 miles, AO was able to donate funds to the Friendly Center in this time of need.

AO Celebrates Together

From graduations and birthdays to baby showers and weddings, we have all missed important milestones over the past few months. But team AO doesn’t let a little social distancing get in the way of sharing these special moments. Let’s raise a glass, and Celebrate Together! #BetterTogether #CelebrateTogether

Virtual Friday Happy Hours

8 Weeks in and AO’s virtual Friday Happy Hours are still going strong! Taking the time to share ideas, laugh, and raise a glass…it’s how team AO rides out quarantine #BetterTogether!

AO Better Connected – Team Spirit

Even when we can’t be in the office, the AO team spirit is alive and well! Our 45th anniversary ushered in a new brand for AO – which the team showed off and got creative with while working from home.

AO Better Connected – Office Mates

A relationship-focused approach has been at the core of AO’s business philosophy since our firm was founded 45 years ago. This extends to our team – who is constantly reinventing what it means to be “Better Together”. This week AO employees shared their new office mates who are keeping them company while working from home. Take a look at AO’s extended family.

Wellness Week

The first week in February, our Multifamily studio embarked on a week of Wellness. The week consisted of a Nutrition and Sleep presentation, guided walks around Orange and Yoga at Sunspark Yoga studio. Certified Chiropractor, Brian Wikoff, also came and presented on how to live a healthy lifestyle. On the last day of Wellness Week there were multiple fitness competitions as well as a celebration to congratulate everyone for being mindful and thinking about their health and well-being over the week.

6th Annual Friendly Center Fundraiser

The 6th Annual AO Friendly Center fundraiser nets $16,500 for the local non-profit on a mission to end the cycle of generational poverty in Orange County.

AO45 Celebration

Thank you to our clients and friends who gathered to celebrate AO’s 45th anniversary and the launch of our new brand. The evolution and innovation of Architects Orange is reflected in our new identity; we are now AO.

Happy Halloween

Our annual Halloween Monster Mash took place at Chapman Crafted where staff took part in a costume contest, pumpkin carving/painting contest, food, prizes and lots of laughs.

AO45 Staff Celebration

AO staff joined in celebration of our 45th Anniversary at The Woman’s Club in Orange. The festivities included food, drinks, games, raffles, and fun with coworkers celebrating this incredible milestone.

Our Commercial Team Bonds Over Brews & BBQ

This summer our Commercial Studio met at the Bruery Terreux Tasting Room in Anaheim for a beer-tasting event catered by Offset Barbecue. What a blast!

3rd Annual Bowling Night!

Every year to kick off the summer, AO employees devote one night to hang up their helmets and take to the alleys for a round of bowling, food, drinks, and good company. We bowled at Lucky Strike in Orange, strengthening our bonds and even earning brownie points for displaying some hidden bowling skills. The competition and prizes are an added bonus to an already fun night, making this a memorable crowd favorite.

Taco Day 2019

Can we just taco ’bout how awesome this year’s annual taco day was?! Fiesta!

Toastmasters International- World Champion Public Speaker Lance Miller Pays a Visit

AO Archispeak Toastmasters was honored with guest speaker and world champion in public speaking, Lance Miller! Miller is a Toastmasters International world champion from 2005 and gave a great presentation called, An Internship for Success. More than 50 AO employees and Toastmasters members were in attendance for this great event.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Thanks to Two Doughs for the awesome open-air catering and friendly staff, and thanks to the whole team for your continued awesomeness! Let’s go, Team AO!

The best kind of selfie is an #architectselfie.

On a visit to Vegas, a few of our great Mixed Use Studio team members visited a potential new mixed-use project site, located just across the street from the new Raiders Stadium! In the top left photo, from left to right, are Project Director Bryan Tessner, Principal Bruce Greenfield, Partner Rob Budetti, and Senior Designer Lalaine Tanaka. Now that’s a great #architectselfie. Way to go, team!

2018 CANStruction OC I Millennium Fal-CAN I Hunger Can’t Be Solved Solo

Hunger Can’t Be Solved Solo… The AO troop mobilized for the premier voyage of the Millennium Fal-CAN as we summoned The Force to keep our cans hurdling through outer space, doing our part to send hunger into another galaxy far, far away. For the third time, AO participated in the Orange County Design-Build Competition, organized to “combine the fun of a design-build competition with an ingenious way to help feed hungry people”. The well-received, iconic sculpture was an engineering challenge for the team determined to showcase the piece in all its craft glory by designing a cantilevered, angled, presentation set for flight, complete with galaxy stars. The design went through months of 3D modeling, structural engineering, food product label design and profile research, pre-builds, revisions and testing to achieve the final sculpture, which took 7 hours to install after hours on August 31, for the Labor Day weekend premiere.