Paolo Leon, AIA, NCARB, MBA

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable, it is essential to your growth.”

Paolo Leon brings over a decade of experience that spans across all project phases, from concept design and entitlement through construction administration. His experience includes a broad range of project types, such as multifamily residential, mixed-use, retail, education, healthcare, and civic projects. Most recently, Paolo leads a multidisciplinary team of planners and designers within AO’s Multifamily studio. He is an effective communicator who brings a balanced and holistic approach to every project. As a Principal for the Multifamily studio, Mr. Leon provides management support within the studio and across multiple projects. He also collaborates with internal and external teams to guide and execute projects, overseeing both design and technical tasks with an emphasis on client satisfaction. 

Paolo in three words:

Dependable. Motivated. Grateful.



Licensed Architect in the State of California
NCARB Certified


Master of Business Administration, Chapman University
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Southern California


American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orange County, Vice President
American Institute of Architects (AIA) California, Director

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