Young America Creative

Young America Creative is a multidisciplinary design studio led by Meghan Dorrian & Brian Friel. We believe design is the process of discovery, guided by the parameters of material integrity, environmental responsibility, client inspiration and the partnership with artisan craftspeople. YAC has developed an architectural path inspired by sustainability, craftsmanship and the collaborative exploration of making.


About Us

Meghan Leigh Dorrian

Meghan Dorrian studied architecture at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California and received her Masters in Architecture from the Architectural Association in London, England.  Before starting YAC, Meghan worked for several custom fabrication companies in New York and the Bay Area focusing on metal & concrete. While at the AA she and her colleagues designed and built the world's only known structurally steam bent building. Meghan teaches Design-Build courses at CCA in San Francisco.

Brian Patrick Friel

Brian received his professional degree in architecture from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

Prior to forming YAC, Brian worked for San Francisco based architecture firms Walker Warner, & AFA. Additionally, Brian has spent time working in design-build construction and custom steel fabrication with CFM. Brian is currently based out of Santa Cruz office, where he lives with his wife and daughter and is creatively influenced by the vibrancy of coastal California.