AO Launches New Science + Technology Design Studio, Adds new NorCal Address

AO Press Release

AO has acquired Silicon Valley-based science and technology architecture firm WHL Architects, forming AO Science + Technology. The Sunnyvale-based science and technology design firm was founded in 1987 by Douglas White, AIA, NCARB, who joins AO as principal, spearheading AO Science + Technology studio alongside AO Partner Rob Budetti.

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Designing for a New Future

Shopping Center Business

Experience, flexibility, and placemaking remain the key drivers to successful retail centers of the future according to AO retail experts, Rob Budetti and Ken Smith. Check out the latest issue of Shopping Center Business to read how designers are working with retail owners to create properties that will draw consumers while making them feel safe and secure.

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Proper Advance Planning Increases Value Proposition

By Jena Tesse Fox and Chuck Dobrosielski | Hotel Management

Modular design has gone from niche to standard within the design and construction sectors of hospitality. AO Principal Henry Wong details how hoteliers can think differently to reap the benefits of this quicker and (relatively) cheaper method of construction.

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Hotel Optimization: How to Get Hotels in Position to Perform

By Jena Tesse Fox | Hotel Management

AO Principal Henry Wong shared his insights on optimizing hotel operations and ownership at a three-day virtual event presented by Questex Hospitality Group and AAHOA.

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AO Listed as a Hotel Management Top Design Firm

AO is proud to be listed among Hotel Management’s top 2020 design firms in the publication’s June/July issue.

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AOpen | Evolving with E-Commerce

In this edition of AOpen we will share AO’s top four strategies for delivering efficient industrial spaces, and how our expert team of industrial and mixed-use designers can help property owners maximize industrial developments through thoughtful design and planning.

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Evolving Hospitality Design for Post-Coronavirus World

By Tom Bergerson | Hotel Executive

AO Principal Tom Bergerson discusses what the future of hospitality design may look like in a post-pandemic world.

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The Future of Industrial: Designing for Efficiency in the Era of E-Commerce

By Eric Aubort, AO | The Mann Report

E-commerce has exploded in the last decade, driving strong demand for industrial development to keep pace with the growing market. The unexpected event of COVID-19 worldwide has only expedited this ongoing cultural shift to e-commerce…

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A Vineyard Inspired Open-Air Lifestyle Center Completes it’s Retail Portion

By Amy Works |

We are excited to announce the completion of the lifestyle and entertainment portions of The Vineyards at Porter Ranch. AO is looking forward to submit this project to the Gold Nugget Awards next week!

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How to save time and money with modular construction

By Jena Tesse Fox | Hotel Management

Dive deeper into modular construction and how this industry is saving developers both time and money. AO Principal, Henry Wong weighs in on modular construction in the hospitality sector and offers advice on how to reap the benefits.

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AOpen | The Time is Right to Consider Modular

By Bruce Greenfield, AO & Mitch Lund, Fulcrum

For this edition of AOpen, we rounded up our in-house Modular Studio experts and a leading modular construction innovator, Fulcrum, to come up with our top ten reasons for why now is the time for developers and cities to consider modular.

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AOpen | Social Gathering While Social Distancing

In this edition of #AOpen, we will explore some best practices and lessons learned, and how our expert team of retail, restaurant, hospitality, and landscape designers can help property owners maximize gathering spaces through thoughtful planning and design.

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A new shopping and dining destination receives a warm welcome

Harry Saltzgaver | Grunion Gazette | Long Beach Press-Telegram

2nd & PCH, an award-winning new seaside destination, opened with 4 days of celebrations, concerts, games, giveaways and more.

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The Bowery, connecting industrial heritage with urban tech

By Steven Sharp | Urbanize LA

Featured in Urbanize LA, The Bowery is a new urban community heading to Santa Ana. The project achieves an energetic mix of uses, with 80,000 SF of retail space accessible from the central public plaza, and a neighborhood of five-story rental apartments behind this public asset.

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AOpen | A guide for restaurant owners

By Jeff Rabbitt & Ruba Younan

For this edition of #AOpen, we pondered practical ways for restaurants to rebuild consumer confidence through palpable cleanliness and great, proactive design.

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Design strategies and technologies for hospitality design in a post-Coronavirus world

By Bruce Greenfield | Hotel Business

Hospitality Principal Bruce Greenfield shared his thoughts with Hotel Business on how designers and hotel operators can create a healthy environment and ensure guests feel safe when traveling.

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From Auto Repair Shop to Premier Dining Destination

By Jeff Rabbitt and Ruba Younan | Mann Report

A century-old building in quaint Old Towne Orange seamlessly blends the old and the new. Working closely with the City of Orange, The Orange Community Historical Society, the building owners and restaurant tenant, AO Architects crafted a design that pays homage to the past while representing the bold future of Bosscat Kitchen.

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AOpen | Future-proofing Hotels

As we prepare to re-open society and businesses, adjusting to the new normal will be a challenge for us all, and especially so for the hospitality industry. AO hospitality experts provide short- and long-term strategies through the architects lens.

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Rising to the Occasion

By John Caulfield | Building Design + Construction

The BANC accentuates how roof deck entertainment spaces have become prevalent, even essential, in new construction and existing buildings. AO Partner, Rob Budetti and AO Principal, Diego Alessi are featured for their thought leadership on the engineering and code complexities of entertainment roof decks.

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The Allure of Japanese Interior Design in American Restaurants

By Rachel Pittman | FSR

AO Principal, Ruba Younan is featured in FSR Magazine for the Japanese inspired interior design of the ramen house IPPUDO in San Francisco.

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