MO | MAYES OFFICE is an award winning, interdisciplinary design studio, with projects ranging across a spectrum of type and scale.

Each project we accept presents a different set of challenges and opportunities. Therefore, the design process must be flexible enough to accommodate and adapt to those conditions to achieve the best possible outcome. At the center of this process are drawings, models, and prototypes which evolve and inform the work. We believe in the active involvement of our clients throughout the process of design, and seek to create a final product which reflects this. Our work is focused on improving the lives of our clients as well as the communities and environments in which they exist.


Colby was raised in Paducah, Kentucky. He earned a 5 year-Professional Bachelor Degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Architecture in 1997.  During his studies, he participated in a study abroad program with architect Daniel Libeskind in Berlin- Germany and worked for Studio Daniel Libeskind on "Stonebreath"- a memorial in Berlin commemorating the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. 


From there Colby moved to Southern California to work for Frank O. Gehry and Associates (FOGA) |from 1998-2004.  During Colby’s tenure at FOGA as Associate Designer, he participated in many of the firm’s most innovative and award winning projects both nationally and internationally.  Most notably was Mayes’s design and technical contributions on the Marques de Riscal Hotel in Elciego, Spain which has become Frank Gehry’s most recognized international hotel to date.  Other national and international projects Mayes was involved in during his tenure at Frank O. Gehry’s include:  the New Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO); Canada; Astor Place Hotel, New York City; Maggie’s Cancer Center in Scotland; and The Art of the Motorcycle Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City.


In 2005, he started MAYES OFFICE | MO in Santa Monica, CA which focuses on a variety of small to large scale contemporary projects and urban design.  Based in Mayes Office, MO Development | MOD was established in 2016 to provide a home for the development projects of Colby Mayes.  MOD is a development firm counterpart to the design studio of Mayes Office.  Currently, the firm is developing the Lowertown Courtyard Homes in Paducah, Kentucky; Prefab Lofts in Los Angeles; and Old Hickory Homes in Brentwood Tennessee. 

Jessica Holland was raised in Boston, Massachusetts.  She earned a 5 year - Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 2010.  Upon completion of her undergraduate work she relocated to Shanghai where she specialized in large scale, mixed-use design.  Once returning to California she designed and opened South End, a restaurant and wine bar located in Venice Beach.

Jessica joined MO in 2015 as Senior Project Designer and Manager.  She brings to MO a diverse design background and leadership acumen that has been instrumental in the realization of many of MO’s hospitality and retail projects.  Most notably, the Johnny Was retail store in Disney and the Sweetfin restaurants in Los Angeles and San Diego.  She currently is project manager of the Monte Grigio residence in the Pacific Palisades and the Devlin Place residence located in the famous bird streets of Hollywood.   

Trevor was raised in Lexington, Kentucky.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kentucky 2012.


He joined MO in 2013 as Project Designer and Manager.   Trevor brings additional focus on environmental and economic sustainability design into all of his projects.  He has been the Project Designer on a number of MO’s projects, including the Singer residence in Los Angeles, CA; Chime Pavilion in Louisville, KY; Drift restaurant which sits on a frozen body of water in Canada; PopUp Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain; the Milwood residence in Venice, CA.  He is currently the project designer and manager for the Lindacrest residence in Los Angeles. 



Junsuke moved from Japan to Los Angeles in 2009.  He is currently an architecture student with scholarship at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).  He has been part of the MO as an Assistant Project Designer since 2012.  Junsuke brings focus on parametrical design, Grasshopper coding and organizes MO’s virtual reality department.  He has been instrumental in the design on a variety of projects which include: the Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum; Trousdale residence in Beverly Hills; Cloy residence in Venice, CA; Chime Pavilion in Louisville, KY; and PopUp Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain. 

Dominic was born and raised in Singapore.  He graduated from CSU Fullerton with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  He joined MO in 2015 and has been influential in securing extensive and positive recognition of the firm’s work in mainstream and architecture media both in the United States and internationally.

Dominic is responsible for ensuring that all forms of communications are uniform and is an accurate representation of the firm’s image and aesthetics. With his care and supervision, projects are integrated into the firm’s overall body of work and coordinated with ongoing communications programs, to consistently support the firm’s corporate brand across including marketing, public relations and media (advertising, press, exhibitions, publications and website).


Karen was born and raised in Cali Colombia.  She joined MO Development | MOD in 2016 as an Assistant in real estate development.  Karen is responsible for organizing MOD’s real estate strategies, market research and business administration activities.