Our Team

Partnership

Clay Aurell is a California-based architect whose work includes accolades for adaptive reuse, commercial, institutional, multi-family, mixed-use, and residential projects. Regarded as a thought leader within the design community, Aurell has expanded the scope of possibilities in Santa Barbara and beyond through leadership initiatives and forward thinking design. A practicing architect for over twenty years, Aurell is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he learned to integrate efficient architecture withthoughtful design. Since then, Clay has given back to his alma mater and the educational community throughout California with projects located at CSU Pamona, UCLA, Brooks Institute, and UCSB. Josh Blumer obtained a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He began his Santa Barbara architectural career working 10 years with a top Southern California 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. Mr. Blumer has a passion for the design and construction process. He has been a catalyst and creative force for a transformative and inspirational design process based in a deep commitment to the architectural studio environment and ethos practiced at AB design studio. He is a dedicated mentor to the studio.

Leadership

Ivan Insua
Ivan Insua
Al Harris
Al Harris
Eric Behr
Eric Behr
Inga Langford
Inga Langford
Christen Amdahl
Christen Amdahl
Natasha Beck
Natasha Beck

Studio

Studio

Culture

Culture

AB design studio is committed to consistently redefining and expanding the perception of what is possible for people and communities through “emotive architecture.” Founders Clay Aurell, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, and Josh Blumer, AIA, embark on designs that reflect the client, context, history, and energy of a space.

Practicing a rigorous process of discovery, the designers and architects at AB design studio strive to unleash explorative, context-based designs that creatively re-assess what built environments provide for users and society. They approach projects as ecosystems designed to engender communication and collaboration among people.

AB design studio’s architecture, interior design, and master planning talents are applied to a variety of project types, including museums, retail, hospitality, commercial, housing, healthcare, education, and single-family homes. Whether new construction, adaptive reuse, renovation, or interior design, AB design studio promotes innovative techniques and thoughtful use of materials.

Careers

Careers

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AB design studio takes its name literally. Team members are actively engaged in the qualitative exploration of design as a learning experience. It’s a studio where collaboration is an all-inclusive process.

Believing in both mentorship and self-reliance, AB design studio challenges team members to achieve more than they thought they could—and to be unstoppable in their creativity.

Technology at AB design studio advances the work and encourages experimentation and excellence.

If you are committed to community-focused authentic solutions, then explore joining AB design studio—where ideas are built.

Testimonials

Testimonials

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AB design studio’s work is influenced by the opinions, perspectives, wishes, and needs of clients.

“We chose AB design studio as our architect because, as experienced developers with strong opinions and ideas about our developments, we needed an architect who would be responsive to our project criteria while also being creative and able to challenge us in our thinking and preconceived ideas.” – hotel developer client

As collaborators, AB design studio believes in all-inclusive, open communication with partners in the building process.

“AB design studios’ building plans are thorough, comprehensive, and well detailed, making all aspects of building easier, from the assembly of credible budgets to all related construction tasks and building practices required for a successful project.” – general contractor

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Awards

Awards

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AB design studio creates for client satisfaction first, but awards and accolades are testaments to a project’s success and its ability to connect to the greater public.

Winner of several Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards, AB design studio takes great joy in creatively contributing to the community for the better.

Gaining recognition from chapters of the American Institute of Architects—architecture’s “Oscar Awards”—elevates AB design studio’s range of projects high within the profession.