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—effectively translating ideas into reality through innovative solutions.
In 2005, what began as a conversation between two architects about making a difference in the world through architecture organically evolved into a lasting partnership. Instantly finding inspiration through collaboration enabled founders Clay Aurell and Josh Blumer to rise above any challenge with each other’s unwavering support. Together, Clay and Josh bring more than 20 years of passion, experience, and creativity to explorative designs that reflect client, context, and history.
Today, their collaborative partnership drives AB design studio forward. By placing value on powerful listening and trust, Clay and Josh champion one another to push the boundaries of what is possible for future generations. This participatory model invites the project team—including clients, stakeholders, and staff—to join in dialogue, allowing all of them to dream bigger, perform better, and dare greater. When collaborating with the studio, clients gain direct access to the partners’ invaluable expertise and creative insight, along with an extended network of local agencies, decision makers, consultants, and builders to explore a project’s full potential.
Beyond the practice, Clay and Josh strive to make a global impact as advocates for bettering the communities around them and their projects. From designing surf resorts in Costa Rica to master plans in Michigan, they take care in working with local councils, organizations, and leaders to create ecosystems that benefit the environment.