In 1979, Betsey Olenick Dougherty, FAIA, LEED AP, founded Dougherty + Dougherty Architects LLP, the first woman-owned architectural firm in Orange County. Two years later, Ms. Dougherty was joined by husband Brian Paul Dougherty, FAIA, LEED AP. The two combined their respective experience to focus on public, institutional and educational projects. Their shared vision for the firm was to design technically advanced, environmentally responsive facilities. The creation of these facilities is accomplished in collaboration with clients to meet the needs of each unique project. The firm was organized to create a studio environment with teams working on projects from conception to close-out. Thus, each project is developed with a signature of personal service, responsiveness, quality and technical competence.