As an Architecture and Design studio, our relentless dedication to our craft is our motivation to constantly explore who we are. Through this exploration, our identity as a studio evolves with us, and our design moves in the same upwards trajectory.

The only way is up is more than a belief, to us, it’s a lifestyle and it is imbued in all that we do.

As the potter Kanjiro Kawai aptly puts it “Life is work and work is life.”

And we are so excited to have you be a part of our lives.

OWIU, an abbreviation for The Only Way Is Up, is a full-service Architecture and Design office located in the heart of Los Angeles. Our office and showroom is located in the burgeoning Art’s District. Our fields of expertise include Architectural design, Construction, Urban Design, Sustainable Real Estate Development and Landscape Design and Product Design.

We specialize in Thoughtful Design and approach every project with a strong emphasis on aesthetics and precision of form, coupled with a strong sense of purpose and intention.

Imbued in the practice lies an innovative and progressive mindset that naturally creates a mission to create spaces that are not just built to last, but built to evolve. As a studio, we advocate for sustainability in development – what we like to identify as the sweet spot between preservation and innovation.

OWIU is the brainchild of Joel Wong and Amanda Gunawan, two designers with proficient architectural knowledge.