West of West is an Architecture studio that creates experience-driven buildings and interior spaces
We work closely with brands, companies, and individuals to create meaningful projects that are relevant today and in the future. Our work reflects a strategic balance of function, beauty, economy, and opportunity founded on the value of design. We lead every project from start to finish to ensure a high level of design quality and service.
The studio’s portfolio includes creative workplace, bespoke retail, custom residential, and select hospitality. These diverse project types are connected by strong leadership, clear communication, and a rigorous design process.
West of West was founded by Jai Kumaran and Clayton Taylor, AIA. Inspired by the explorative spirit of the American West, the studio strives to push boundaries and has a long-standing obsession with light, form, materiality, and craft. Each project is an opportunity to create compelling spaces and shape new experiences.
The studio operates in Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA.
Clayton Taylor, AIA
Clayton is a founding partner of W/W. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Clayton has worked at a series of well-recognized Architectural Design firms including Coop Himmelblau in Vienna, as a Project Designer at Morphosis Architects (Los Angeles), and most recently as an Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Hollywood. At RCHS, Clayton led design efforts on many creative office and multi-family developments in the Los Angeles area including, Columbia Square, Crossroads of the World, The Telephone Building, and Flight at Tustin Legacy. He also completed many competitive design proposals for RCHS like the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex and the Southwest School of Art, which won the AIA Next LA Honor Award in 2013. Clayton is a NCARB certified architect and licensed to practice in California and Oregon.
Jai Kumaran, Associate AIA
Jai is a founding partner of W/W. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has worked for multiple internationally recognized design firms, most recently Morphosis Architects (Los Angeles). There, he was a design leader on large scale urban developments including the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Chengdu Financial Center, among many others. He also was a member of the construction administration team for Emerson College, Los Angeles, a project which brought together student housing, administrative offices, and educational facilities on a dense urban site. The project has since won multiple design awards both nationally and internationally. Jai’s longstanding dedication to the craft and detail of architecture allows W/W to consistently execute the highest level of work possible.