We are


We are kinetic

Things move quickly around here. At Internet speed. That means we have to be nimble, in both work and play. 'Livably minimal' perhaps?


We have been around

Founded in 1992, we have earned a solid recognition for what we do. But we continue to advance and welcome new challenges.

We have a distinct design philosophy backed by years of experience

We deliver precise thinking and artistic design that can turn your objective from virtual to real. The core of our strategy is modern, perceptible, elegant results.

A step further beyond Bauhaus' three F’s - form follows function is what we see as form fuses function - parallel evolution at every level of development with complete transparency of building interaction and automation at all stages of its life. And yet one more F - for fun, an integral part of our credo. The delicate definition of space, the fluid transition between different parts of a total volume, which are defined without vertical partitions and still retain their identity and crisp function; and besides being poetic this also becomes a fact. Controlled transparency is yet another technique, which works in close connection with passive sustainability to enhance building performance.

Furthermore and back to basics, PAAstudio provides the proficiency of executing the job within the required time and budget.

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We provide high quality services in a variety of fields
Architecture - 35+ years expreience

condstruction - 20+ years of experience

fine and applied arts - 35+ years Experience

music and music production - 37 years Experience

film and film production - 4 years Experience

We deliver precise thinking and artistic design that can turn your objective from virtual to real. The core of our strategy is achieving modern, perceptible, elegant results. We can help you plan and successfully build your next project!

thinking PAAstudio

We could just call it livable minimalism and be done. However, there are function and form, structure and aesthetics, beauty and... budget. All of them handled with the same attention to detail; the fusion of art and building science into a practical, sustainable piece of imagination.

Limitless innovation

A practical, inhabitable piece of art - fully integrated BIM, allowing interactivity, real time changes and total visualization of the project at every stage.

From start to finish

Turnkey Design | Built process. Your dreams to life - the most efficient way. Continuous customization, painless revisions, consistent quality.

Greater value

Consistent Publication | Award record adds more than 7% to the total real estate value, or more than 2x design fees. Design or Design | Built pays for itself.


predesign and schematics

Establish project goals, program and determine the Building Information Model


design and docs

Advance design and create the Building Information Model and incorporate Construction Documents



Itegrate necessitated reveiws and changes, physically erect the Building Information Model,


and much more

Finish interiors, landscaping, FM, applied and fine arts - supplement the Building Information Model

Sustainable controlled tansparency | hillside expertise

design and construction services

unique talent combination
The special ability to see a project start to finish

As well as add much more to it. In addition, our artistic portfolio brings beauty and function to a new level of experience. Did we mention that architecture is an applied art? We elevate it to its rightful place and we are not exaggerating - we happen to live with and within our own creations every single day.

Then comes the fun part.

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uneasy tree-way relation
Between Owner, Architect and Contractor

The Architect as the Owner's Agent has no right over means and methods of construction. This "love-hate triangle" is more likely to result in an unpleasant process and a relatively mediocre end product. Contractors also don't comprehend well new complex building data. As a Design | Build firm, PAAstudio has a direct method to remedy all that. Our comprehensive hands-on BIM | BUILD approach eliminates all hurdles by providing a clear and easy answer.

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A simple turnkey operation
It's easy, isn't it?

We did not invent the Design | Build operation. We just took it a bit further. Call it the BIM | BUILD approach. Our advanced 3D modeling systems allow for the creation of a detailed, true-to-reality building model and integrated elements + quantity data, which are translated directly to Construction Documents and to construction site without ambivalent interpretations. Our proprietary BIM | BUILD workflow stands clearly in a league of its own.

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We do it all and a bit more
Practically there would be little to compare

Of course, we offer design only services as well as a CM package per project specifics. However, to total PAAexperience is the best way to utilize our full potential. Also the best way to save on professional fees and benefit from efficiency of the total package. For instance, hillside design expertise is something that comes with time and skill and depends on quite a few additional factors, such as tenacity and adequate code interpretation. Recognition for doing that says it all.

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It all is practically free
Double return on design investment

With our record of publications + awards, we can all but guarantee, that your project will get published or, even better, receive a design award. In common RE practice, such projects bring ±10% increase in property value. The calc is simple - design fees relate to construction cost (CC), which itself is 50% of the sales price. If we increase the overall RE value by ~10% and design fees are ~10% of CC, simply working with us pays 200% in return, earning back the full design fee + profit as a bonus!

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Yes, they do occur in design and construction

PAAstudio's BIM | Build method provides the most comprehensive change and revision implementation process. Alterations could be done at any stage of the project with fully automatic building documentation update. From the office main frame to any mobile device in true VR via BIMx. We not only design, we make it real.

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10 fun facts


Our BIM | Build method saves not only time, but money too. Design cost is incorporated in the overall project fee structure at practically no charge.

- cost savings


The Virtual Building remains flexible and modifiable at any point of the project - from the beginning to the very end.

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Initial consultation with us is usually free, depending on job specifics. Let us know if we can be of help.

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Schematic Design and Design Development are fused in one phase, saving a great deal of time and fees.

- additional cost savings


Clients can access the VBM (Virtual Building Model) online and review progress and any applicable changes and revisions at any time. They can markup and leave own input as well.

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Energy performance of the building is part of the VBM and could be autput and rendered as part of any Design | Build or Design only package.

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Passive sustainable features underline of our design philosophy - they are the most cost savings green features of any project. They also come free with any PAAstudio project.

- energy performance and cost savings


We have done almost any kind of architectural or interior design. The same goes for graphic design and art. Now we can build it for you and have the art in!

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During construction 24/7 webcams allow for direct construction observation on computer and mobile devices.

- security


Good design actually pays for itself. As mentioned before, it is a well known real estate fact, that a publication or design award brings 7+% of the total value increase. This covers all architectural and most contracting fees. In other words, working with us is just a profitable enterprise.

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meet the team
  • Professional Profile License
    1984 Licensed Architect, Europe
    1994 Licensed Architect, CA, USA
    2013 Licensed General Contractor, CA, USA
    Professional Affiliations
    1994 American Institute of Architects
    With a solid creative career of over 35 years, Ivo is the backbone of this agile multidisciplinary firm with international recognition.
    Architect | Founder
    Career profile

    Since opening practice in Europe in 1984, Ivo Venkov has designed a number of important projects in the United States and overseas. His architectural expertise ranges from private residences to assembly facilities and has earned him international recognition and awards. Since founding PAAstudio in 1992, Ivo has been developing a broad spectrum of works, which have established PAA's line of thinking as well as the company's perception for functional design. He has also a successful art career with a number of works in international museums and private collections. Coincidentally, he is also author of a rock opera in 1984, which once again shows, that architecture could be considered 'silent music'. Sometimes silent, that is.

    Professional Profile License
    1996 Licensed Architect, Europe
    Rossi is the heart and soul of PAAstudio. Her abilities range from architecture and design to deep code analysis, to applied arts and crafts.
    creative director
    Career profile

    Upon earning MA degree with specialization in Environmental and Historic Monument Preservation, Rossi Venkov has worked as a licensed architect in Sofia, Bulgaria. She joined PAAstudio in 1999. Since then, Rossi has been as the company's other design partner and Creative Director in both aesthetics and functional, as well as regular office matters. She is also the office code expert- recent successful LA Municipal Code interpretations and negotiations with City of Los Angeles Zoning and Building and Safety officials are primarily attributed to her abilities. Somehow she also manages to be a dedicated mother of two.

    Pioneering the Virtual Office Timeline
    1992 PAAstudio fouded
    1997 Establishing the Virtual office Concept
    1998 - current

    Since pioneering the idea at the end of the last century, we developed strong skills in managing a virtual office environment, which allows for superior design, quick project delivery, detailed construction focus and excellent results.

    main consultants
    Matrix Seismic, Inc, Kzarians Engineering Inc,
    JK Associates, JacoCal engineering, CSM
    How It Works

    Based on the good capacity of our CAD mainframe, we run an online BIM server, which allows all consultants to participate directly in the Virtual Building Model. The construction process follows closely the approved Construction Documents, with changes implemented directly into the BIM database.

    01. Assembly Facilities

    Heritage Welcome Center, Park City, KY, Comp. Entry
    Palos Verdes Art Center, Los Angeles,CA, Comp. Entry
    Hudson River Sun Shelter, New York, NY, Comp. Entry
    Yokohama Port Terminal, Yokohama, Japan, Comp. E
    Children’s Center, Gabrovo, Bulgaria
    Colossus Performance Arena, Las Vegas, NV
    Convention Center, Pleven, Bulgaria
    Municipal Building, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    02. banks | casinos

    City National Bank, Los Angeles, CA
    Security Pacific National Bank, Pasadena, CA
    Desert Inn Casino Remodel, Las Vegas, NV
    Luxor Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

    03. Residential

    Gloaming Way Residence Duo, Beverly Hills, CA
    Hollywood Hills Residences 1-2, Los Angeles, CA
    Hollywood Hills Residences 3-4, Los Angeles, CA
    Hollywood Hills Residences 5, Los Angeles, CA
    Lake Sherwood Residence 1, Ventura, CA
    Malibu Residence Remodel, Malibu, CA
    P | P Residences Remodel, Glendale, CA
    Palisades Residence 2, Pacific Palisades, CA
    Palisades Residences 3-4, Pacific Palisades, CA
    Palisades Residences 5-6, Pacific Palisades, CA
    Palisades Residences 7-8, Pacific Palisades, CA
    Palisades Residences 9, Pacific Palisades, CA
    Palisades Residences 10, Pacific Palisades, CA

    04. commercial development

    429 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA
    800 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA
    9301 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA
    Asahi Recording Studio, Santa Monica, CA
    Astrolite Alloys, Camarillo, CA
    ARCO Headquarters, Pasadena, CA
    Block 20, New Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
    City of Long Beach Animal Shelter, CA
    C.R.A. Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA
    Epitaph Records, Los Angeles, CA
    Gateway Tower Remodel, Pasadena, CA
    GTE Main Street TV, Santa Monica, CA
    MCC Santa Monica, Mall and Condominium Complex
    NHS Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA
    Town Center Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

    05. multihousing

    Holly Drive Condo Complex, Glendale, CA
    Kling Street Townhomes, Glendale, CA
    3 Unit Residence Remodel, San Pedro, CA
    Elm Avenue Condominiums, Glendale, CA
    Affordable Housing Complex, Las Vegas, NV
    Ely Meadows Townhouse Complex, Ely, NV

    06. restaurants

    Fine Dining, Luxor Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NV
    Fish House, Luxor Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NV
    High Energy, Luxor HotelCasino, Las Vegas, NV
    Hill Street Cafe, La Canada, CA

    07 hotels

    Western Hajj Salman Hotel, Karbala, Iraq
    VIP Suites, Desert Inn, Las Vegas, NV
    VIP Suites, Caesar's palace, Las Vegas, NV

    08. medical Facilities

    Ambulatory Surgical Center, Beverly Hills, California
    USC Physical Therapy, Los Angeles, California

    09. retail

    Block 20, New Belgrade, Serbia
    Town Center Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
    Nicole, West Hollywood, CA
    ( in association with DES-Arc below )
    Bay CIty Shopping Center, Nagoya, Japan
    Centro Commerciale Ipercoop, Pordenone, Italy
    Kukulcan Village, Cancun, Mexico
    Nassica Oporto Outlet Center, Oporto, Portugal
    Parco Commerciale Urbano, Vicolungo, Italy
    Tampines Mall, Koala Lumpur, Malaisia
    Walt Whitman Mall, Long Island, New York

    02. murals | sculptural

    429 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, California
    9301 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California
    Bacchanal Restaurant Mural, Caesar’s Palace, LV, NV
    Branca Residence, Mural Art, Beverly Hills, California

    press and awards
    Second prize, Invited Competition, Town Center Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
    NHS Office Complex - ArchiCad 8.1 international ad pro campaign, Architectural Record, Architecture Magazine
    Sofia Municipal Gallery of Art, Feature, 1 Magazine
    Grand Prize - Sofia Gallery of Art, New England Biolabs, Palos Verdes Art Center, PAAstudio Web site, ArchiCad LA Design Awards, Los angeles, California
    Special Award of the Gallery for Design 
    Excellence, Sofia Gallery of Art International Design Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Award of Excellence, NHS Office Complex, ArchiCad LA Design Awards, Los angeles, California
    Honorable mention, Heritage Welcome Center International competition, Park city, KY
    Selected Publication, Sun Shelter on Hudson River Competition, New York, New York