• About Douglas Austin

    A longtime resident of San Diego, California, Douglas Austin holds a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. While enrolled at Cal Poly, he served as a member of the SCARAB architect scholarship fraternity and competed on multiple athletic teams. Douglas Austin became an intermural football champion in 1970.

    Over the course of his career as an architect and business leader, Mr. Austin completed considerable postgraduate coursework through the Harvard University School of Design, studying disciplines ranging from workforce housing and health care facility design to retail and mixed-use space design. He also completed an urban development program through the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative.

    Douglas Austin has served as chairman and chief executive officer under the name AVRP Skyport since 2016. In addition to its extensive residential portfolio, AVRP Skyport has designed a broad array of commercial and community buildings. Its Crowell Polvera Residence received a PCBC Gold Nugget in 2019 for Best on The Boards Custom Home Award of Merit.

  • Education 


    Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University


    Envisioning the Future of Urban Development

    Harvard Design School - Office of Executive Education


    Developing Affordable Workforce Housing Program


    Harvard University Graduate School of Design – Office of Executive Education


    Urban Retail Planning Principles for American Towns, Cities and Commercial Centers


    Harvard University Graduate School of Design – Office of Executive Education


    Owning the Future: Urban Housing and Mixed-Use Development

    California Polytechnic State University

    BArch (1966-1971)


  • Professional Experience

    AVRP Skyport

    Jan 2016-Present


    AVRP Studios

    Jan 2008-Jan 2016


    Austin Veum Robbins Parshalle

    Jan 1998-Jan 2008

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  • The Blog

    October 9, 2021 · Architect
    The CEO of San Diego company AVRP Studios, Douglas H. Austin started his company in 1976 as a small design firm in his home. Since then, Douglas H. Austin has built the firm into one of the most successful in San Diego, having designed billions of dollars’ worth of buildings. Mr. Austin studied...
    Douglas Austin is the CEO of architectural firm AVRP Studios in San Diego, California. AVRP Studios designs community buildings, affordable housing, educational buildings, and healthcare buildings, among others. As an architect, Douglas Austin is affiliated with many organizations, such as Yes In...
    May 11, 2021 · Bike Rides
    San Diego-based architect Douglas Austin is the CEO and founder of AVRP Studios. Through his company, he has worked on numerous construction projects in and around San Diego, including affordable housing developments and mixed-use buildings. In his free time, Douglas Austin enjoys surfing and...