"In my architectural career, I have learned that sometimes the assignments with the greatest constraints and challenges are often the projects that become the most successful ones."

Mel Tan, Architect

Senior Associate Partner


With over 20 years of professional experience, Mel Tan has served as the lead planner and designer for countless architectural projects ranging from private and public projects to a variety of mixed-use developments. While his design experience is diverse, his key area of expertise for the last eight years has been educational and student housing work.


Bachelor of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Architecture & Planning Certificate, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Licenses and Registrations

Registered Professional Architect in the State of California

Key Projects

Costa Mesa High School Theater

Woodbridge High School Performing Arts Center

Laguna Beach Playhouse

Laguna Woods Performing Arts Center

West Covina High School Performing Arts Center

San Diego State University – South Campus Plaza Student Housing

Sacramento State University – American River Courtyard Student Housing

La Escuelita Downtown Educational Complex

Outside Interests

Camping and Overlanding

Backpacking and Hiking

Cycling (Road and Mountain)

Restoring Vintage Cars