Primo Orpilla is the co-founder and director, along with Verda Alexander, of the award winning Studio O+A, a San Francisco design firm responsible for the ground breaking offices at Facebook, Microsoft, AOL, Yelp, Samsung, TATA, Levi Strauss, and many other companies. A leader in the field of workplace environments with an emphasis on “democratic design,” O+A’s expansive, open-plan offices have become a signature look for some of the country’s most forward-thinking tech innovators.
Alexander and Orpilla established their firm in 1991 with an eye to bringing the agility, innovation and speed of execution then prevalent in the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial economy to the offices in which that economy was being hatched. Their unique workspaces have won international recognition in design publications, books, design blogs and websites of great diversity, including the Financial Times of London, the Huffington Post, Architectural Record, Metropolis and Inc. Magazine. Studio O+A’s design for the Facebook headquarters, in Palo Alto, received the International Interior Design Association’s 2010 Northern California Honor Award and was a finalist in Frame Magazine’s 2009 Great Indoors Awards. Its design for AOL’s West Coast Headquarters in Palo Alto won Best Workplace Environment at the FX Design Awards in London in 2011. Last year Contract Magazine named Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander Designers of the Year.
Orpillla is a graduate of the San Jose State University Interior Design program. He and his partner have conducted design seminars at CEDIM in Monterrey, Mexico and at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia. Orpilla speaks regularly at international forums including giving the 2012 keynote address at the NeoCon interiors trade show in Chicago, USA.