Alan Ohashi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, sculpture and photography, and a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography, both from UCLA. He then went on to earn a Master in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. Before launching his architectural career Alan served as a co-founder of Visual Communications, a non-profit media arts organization which is still in existence today, producing documentary films, books and educational materials. In 1985, Ohashi established ODS Architecture / Ohashi Design Studio as a combination of studies in Architecture, furniture and teaching. Designing furniture for Conde House, a company based in Japan, Herman Miller in Michigan and teaching furniture and architecture at UC Berkeley and the California College of Arts filled out the early years of his practice. Transitioning into a pure architectural practice the initial focus was primarily on residential remodel and retail store design. More recently the firm has developed into designing large new custom residences, college campuses and museums incorporating the latest in sustainable technologies.