Clay Aurell obtained a Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. After several influential years working and living in Los Angeles, Clay moved to Santa Barbara (1998). He worked with two top award winning architectural design firms where he gained valuable experience in design, management and project delivery. In 2003, Clay began his own practice and in 2005 created AB design studio with Josh Blumer. Clay served on the local Architectural Board of Review from 2006 - 2011. In 2012, Clay was honored as one of the 40 under 40 influential architects by Professional Builders Magazine.
Josh Blumer obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also studied architecture abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark at the DIS program. Josh began his Santa Barbara architectural career working ten years with a top Southern California architecture design firm where he gained valuable experience in design, project management and construction while designing and executing custom high-end residential projects and award-winning commercial Tenant Improvement projects. In 2005, Josh joined forces with Clay Aurell to create AB design studio. Josh has a passion for the construction process and the potential of design-build projects; over the years he has been a catalyst for executing challenging design projects on site.