What we do

Our buildings embrace simple forms but are realized through rigorous inquiry, conceptualization, iteration, and thoughtful detailing.

With a deep sense of appreciation for place and cultural identity, we share a determined optimism for the potential of the built environment.

Our Approach

Each project departs from collaborative conversation and shared ambitions as we endeavor to transform place from its existing environment and built conditions. A precise methodology and thorough research allow us to convey the passage of time within architecture; we aim to preserve historical fabric and define new future possibilities for spaces.

Discovery

Our design process starts with a thorough site investigation and a review of the environmental conditions. We engage deeply with clients to grasp their needs and desires, which guide our design direction.

Prototype

Through sketches, renderings, collages, and handcrafted scale models, we engage our clients in exploring a broad spectrum of design possibilities. Each design iteration is thoughtfully developed, ensuring our clients are actively involved and expertly navigated through the prototyping process.

Definition

We help our clients define all aspects of their project, including budget, permitting, design, and construction. Our experience in diverse environments—from mountaintops to waterfronts, forests, and historic urban centers—enables us to accurately assess the scope and feasibility of projects, whether for new construction or adaptive reuse.

Build

We coordinate with contractors and observe construction to ensure our designs meet the highest standards of quality and functionality. Our deep understanding of building culture and techniques, as well as our close collaboration with building consultants, enables us to create timeless spaces that integrate seamlessly with their environments.

Analyze

For us, a project’s success hinges on client satisfaction. We take pride in maintaining contact with our clients after project completion to ensure an outcome that not only meets our standards but also fulfills their expectations.

Our team

We approach buildings and people alike—with integrity, transparency, and playfulness.

Partners

Tyler Noblin and Max Obata founded ONO in 2020 from a tiny office space in San Francisco. Our studio environment has grown into a bustling workplace filled with plants, models, and music – fostering an energetic atmosphere for creating. This dynamic setting enables us to generate boundless ideas and expand beyond set notions of design.

Max Obata
Max is from St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his B.A. in Art & Architectural History from Middlebury College and his Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from the University of Michigan where he was awarded the Thesis Prize. For his Master's thesis, Max constructed numerous basswood models to explore how architecture can effortlessly transition between scales, from objects to furniture to buildings.

Max previously worked at Snøhetta, Fumihiko Maki + Associates, LAMAS, SAW, HOK and Architecture for Humanity
Tyler Noblin
Tyler is from Pensacola, Florida. Someday, he'll be moving to Palm Springs which seems like a fitting conclusion to his life journey.
Kati Albee
Kati is from St. Joseph, Michigan. She earned her B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan and her M.Arch from the University of California Berkeley. Her Master's thesis explored opportunities to activate underutilized public spaces. She proposed transforming a series of six rooftops in San Francisco's Financial District into immersive, uncanny landscapes in the sky.
Sarah Wagner
Sarah grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her B.A. in architecture and English literature from the University of Kentucky and her M.Arch from MIT. For her Master's thesis, Sarah created a set of play spaces for children in order to understand how different forms of architectural authorship could be challenged.
Hilary Kusuma
Hilary is from Jakarta, Indonesia. She received her B.Arch from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. For her undergraduate thesis, Hilary investigated "in-between voids" - the juxtaposition between form, structure and systems that informs experimentation and spontaneous interactions between people.
Geoffrey Hazard
Geoffrey is from Paris, France. He received his B.A. from Brown University in Architecture and Computer Science, and is starting the M.Arch program at MIT. In his undergraduate studies, he helped teach a class on traditional boat building.
Ian Galang
Ian is from Sunnyvale, California. He received his B.Arch from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. For his undergraduate thesis, he dove into Los Angeles' creative community and the idea of 'third spaces' to create a vibrant gathering and working space in the heart of the Arts District.
Ethan Lee
Ethan is from San Francisco, California. He holds a dual Bachelor's degree, a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College, as well as an M.Arch from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. For his Master's thesis, Ethan proposed two residential buildings that demonstrate a new attitude towards a transforming Chinatown - one that prioritizes the residents and workers while respecting the connection between past and future, shifting the architectural focus from ornamentation to human activity.
Julie Perrone
Julie is from San Jose, California. She received her B.A. in Architectural Studies and French Language from Tufts University and her M. Arch from Columbia University.
Orli Schwartz
Orli earned her B.A. from Middlebury College and is currently a M.Arch candidate at the University of Michigan.
Olivia Vercruysse
Olivia is from Palo Alto, California. She received her B.Arch from Tulane University.

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757 Brannan St
San Francisco
CA 94103
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