Betsey Olenick Dougherty

Betsey Olenick Dougherty



“Human by Design most significantly represents our dedication to the vision, design, creation and collaboration of publicly centric projects that serve our communities and elevate the quality of life. The inspirational goals of responsive solutions create well communities that prepare our families for a bright and sustainable future.”

Passionate about civic life and culture, Betsey gives back to her communities as often as possible. As a Managing Principal of the Costa Mesa and Oakland studios, she leads the practice with a signature focus on creating positive experiences for people through design. With expertise in K-12 educational facilities, early childhood education, higher education, and municipal and government facilities, Betsey brings a collaborative approach to institutional and public clients. A long-time volunteer leader committed to advancing the profession of architecture, Betsey has served as AIA California President, an AIA National Board Member and Secretary, and as Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows. Through her involvement in various other industry organizations and work with local colleges and high schools, she strives make architecture equitable and accessible for all.

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Betsey works with teams throughout California and across the firm seeking to elevate many voices in the design process and supports colleagues to reach their potential as an active contributor to our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (714) 345-4371
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  • Education

  • University of California, Berkeley; B.Arch, M.Arch
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • U.S. Green Building Council