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Taylor Design Overview

Irvine, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
At Taylor Design, we collaborate with our clients to learn together and develop user-centered solutions that are effective, meaningful, and delightful.

Since 1979, Taylor Design has embraced projects that contribute to positive experiences for people and the ... Read more

Mission: We believe that our work can make a difference - whether it's helping people navigate a healthcare setting, supporting new ways that research and education can happen, or learning with our new clients to develop new ways of thinking about doing things better ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Instead of passing the torch, Randy Regier passes the "keys" to Kevin Hinrichs as he becomes President of the firm and Randy Regier becomes Chairman of the Board. Congratulations to both on this exciting transition!

  • We are delighted to announce that our work on the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has received an Honorable Mention in the category of The Most Innovative Architecture and Urban Design of 2019 by Fast Company. Rancho Los Amigos is a leader in rebuilding lives and revitalizing hope for persons with life-changing illness, injury or disability. We take great pride in sharing the Honoree title with Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and our design partners.

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Taylor Design – Why Work With Us?

At Taylor Design, we collaborate with our clients to learn together and develop user-centered solutions that are effective, meaningful, and delightful.

We embrace market sectors and projects that contribute to positive experiences, and the creation of greater possibilities. We discover, develop, and design solutions for the built environment.


We use strategy-based design as a creative method to discover, define, develop, and deliver solutions that meet user needs and drive value for our clients. Strategy-based design is an iterative approach that leverages the best of lean methodology, human-centered design, and design thinking.


Taylor Design’s three practice areas – Architectural Design, Interior Design, and Design Strategies – are united in their use of strategy-based design as both a point of view, and a shared process.


We believe in creating spaces of consequence—places where individuals can come together to develop an appreciation for community, a shared purpose, and identity. In such settings, experiences are enhanced and more authentic, cultures are enriched and new ones created, and a sense of community becomes more meaningful even while architectural designs are mindful of sustainability and set the stage for greater possibilities.

Interior Design

We believe that interior spaces should anticipate the needs of the people who use them. We collaborate with our clients to transform the experience of their surroundings and interactions in ways that drive value beyond the physical space. Through innovative thinking and thoughtful planning, we create environments that support comfort, privacy, connection, productivity and learning. We strive to create beautiful spaces that engage the senses, support the culture, delight the mind and leave a lasting impression.

Design Strategy

We believe in getting to the most meaningful outcome as efficiently as possible, with human needs in mind. Our strategy-based design process includes questioning core assumptions, investigating existing conditions, exploring analogous industries, understanding the competitive landscape, and observing behaviors in context. This holistic approach opens new paths for discovery and unleashes ideas that lead to innovative outcomes.

Design That Empowers People
Best Firm to Work for 2019 - Zweig Group

Design That Empowers People

At Taylor Design we believe that our work can make a difference - whether it's helping people navigate a healthcare setting, supporting new ways that research and education can happen, or learning with our new clients to develop new ways of thinking about doing things better. While our firm was founded on these ideas, our future will be reimagined every day, and in each of our new projects, and with those who join our team with an appetite for exploration and discovery.

As a two-time winner of Zweig Group's Best Architectural Firms to Work For, Taylor Design attracts curious-minded, unassuming people with an entrepreneurial spirit. Our success lies in being good listeners and good partners with our clients. We help clients develop their own solutions by engaging them in the design process. We roll up our sleeves and work through problems together as we discover, define, develop, and deliver a built solution. Through this process we have developed lasting relationships and shared success with clients that align with our values. As an employee-owned firm, our staff understands what drives success. Every employee is positioned to think like an owner.

If you're that kind of person, we invite you to join us on our journey.

Benefits include:

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Licensure Reimbursement
  • Education Allowance
  • Social Activities
  • 401(k) and Roth 401(k)
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision
  • Employee Gatherings
  • Voluntary Life & Long-term Disability
  • Voluntary Accident, Hospital & Serious Illness Coverage
  • ...and so much more!


Strategy-based Design

As an integrated design firm, we share an iterative process replete with strategic methods, which help us uncover user needs, work efficiently with clients, expand our creative thinking, and collaborate effectively with each other.

We’re so invested in the quality of our design process that we created a product – a deck of Method Cards – with the goal to instill these behaviors across the firm and practice them consistently. When we speak a shared language, we strengthen our culture, improve communication, and move in the same direction towards high quality design output.

Using Method Cards during our strategy-based design process

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    Current Employee - Project Director in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Taylor Design full-time (More than 3 years)


    Taylor Design puts people first. The firm cares deeply for its employees, and the employees in turn care deeply for the users for whom they design. The result is a positive workplace culture built on trust and a desire to make a positive social impact through design.


    Taylor Design is still evolving from beyond its early roots as a single-office, single-market, privately held firm. The firm has the ability to compete with firms three times its size, but hasn't yet solidified its place in the marketplace or in the minds of its prospective clients. That is slowly changing, however.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work that has been done to emphasize the importance of human-centered design as the common thread through everything the firm does. Don't be afraid to think bigger and take risks.

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Taylor Design Photos

Taylor Design photo of: Retirement Party for one of our Principals
Taylor Design photo of: Pizza Fire Truck for Midsummer Madness
Taylor Design photo of: Our Team in Irvine
Taylor Design photo of: Irvine collaboration
Taylor Design photo of: Some of our San Diego team
Taylor Design photo of: San Francisco striking a pose
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Taylor Design Awards & Accolades

  • Best Firms to Work For, Zweig Group, 2019
  • Innovation by Design Award, Fast Company, 2019
  • Best Firms to Work For, The Zweig Group, 2018
  • Healthcare Interior Design (UCSF Ambulatory Care Center 5th Floor Heart & Vascular Clinic), IIDA (International Interior Design Association), 2017
  • Sustainable Innovation Award (Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center), USGBC Los Angeles, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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