The Principals

AVRP Studios takes an innovative approach to architectural practice, with each studio spearheaded by the unique

talents of a different principal.

Douglas H. Austin, FAIA

Chairman / CEO

Since establishing his own firm in San Diego in 1976, Douglas H. Austin, FAIA has led teams in designing projects that have received over 100 design awards.

Doug is widely recognized by his peers and the community as a leader in the design profession and is a highly respected Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Doug is the “architect” among the Firm Principals. He was appointed by the Mayor of San Diego to the City’s Task Force in Ballpark Planning. His participation as chair in the advisory group and the quality and diligence of his service earned him the appointment of Director with the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), a non-profit organization that plans, facilitates, and manages redevelopment of the downtown district.

A graduate of the architecture program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Doug Austin’s work encompasses a broad spectrum of project types as well as large-scale master planning. His completed work includes both domestic and international projects and he is well known for his expertise in human responsive design.

Doug heads the design behind the Urban & Hospitality Studios.

Christopher T. Veum, IIDA


Chris Veum is the President of Austin Veum Robbins Partners and not only manages the Firm’s business but also oversees the Firm’s strategic growth and development. He understands that architecture is not just a commodity to be bought and sold but has the potential to also leverage clients’ real estate strategies and make a clients’ staff more productive. He touts the AVRP mantra of process, innovation, and service. Chris instills these values into each AVRP staff member and emphasizes the importance of attending to client needs on an individual basis and the true value of customer service.

Although Chris is the “businessman” among the Firm Principals, he is also a highly trained designer. He has over seventeen years of experience in interior design and architectural design specializing in corporate, high-tech, and industrial facilities. At 26, he was one of the youngest designers to receive a National AIA design award. His previous clients have included some of the most respected corporations in the World such as the Microsoft Corporation, Nokia, Intel, Raytheon, and Cymer, Inc.

Chris holds a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University, completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is past-Chairman of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, and a Board member of the Young Presidents Organization’s Coastal San Diego Chapter.

Chris leads the teams behind the Healthcare & Corporate Interiors Studios.

Randy Robbins, AIA


Randy Robbins has a keen eye for design and a sophisticated aesthetic sensibility that he brings to each of the projects he works on. Randy has twenty-eight years of experience in architecture and interior design and has won numerous design awards. He has extensive experience in the design and management of educational, commercial and religious facility projects. Many of his projects include the integration of architecture, interior design, and artwork.

Randy is the “scholar/artist” of the Firm Principals. His most notable work includes the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Price Student Center, the UCSD College of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UCSD Revelle Science Center, and the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue. Randy sits on the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and his designs have been included in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the LA Municipal Gallery.

Randy is current Treasurer and past President of the Board of Installation Gallery, the sponsor of inSITE, a binational program dedicated to commissioning new work by artists from the Americas in public places for the San Diego/Tijuana region. He has also served as a director on the San Diego Architectural Foundation. A graduate of the architecture program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Randy also completed post-graduate work at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Randy Robbins is in charge of the Campus/Community & Institutional Studios.