Jack Selman, NCARB
CEO & Managing Partner

“I love what I do. And while my role in this industry has changed through the years, my goals haven’t changed a bit. At the end of every day, we strive to succeed in producing great design and happy clients. ”

Jack Selman’s talent and passion for design began at an early age. His course was set during high school mechanical and architectural drawing classes. It was cemented when a neighborhood friend – recognizing Jack’s interest in architecture – took him to a Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit in Los Angeles (that friend went on to found LPA Architects).

Fifty years later, and since founding AO, Jack’s excitement for design remains intact and has evolved to include a passion for the business of architecture, from building client relationships to merging business goals with design excellence.  In his role, Jack leads the firm’s 10 studios and offers client and team counsel on everything from design direction to continuity in the process. He has enjoyed immense pride overseeing the evolution of AO’s world-class design teams and projects living out the motto to always, Under Promise. Over Deliver.

Contact: Jack@aoarchitects.com | T 714.639.9860

Jack in three words:

Relationship Driven. Dedicated. Fun Loving.

Proud Partner Moment

Reaching AO’s 45th Anniversary and becoming the #1 Architecture Firm in Orange County, in the same year.



NCARB Certified Architect | Licensed Architect State of California, Nevada


Bachelor of Architecture, University of California Berkeley


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