The firm was founded with the intent to provide the highest quality of professional and personal service, with a practical approach to project solutions. Licensed or credentialed professionals manage all projects.

Professional Memberships & Certifications
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Building Owners & Managers Association
  • California Council for Interior Design Certificaiton
  • International Codes Council
  • International Facility Management Association
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification

Recognized for balancing functional and aesthetic project solutions, the firm's distinguishing focus is on enhancing asset and portfolio value for existing properties and facilities.

Experience in a wide variety of project types includes commercial/industrial, institutional, resort, restaurant, print facilities, and municipal/government owned properties. Archetype International places the highest priority on every facet of the design and development process. The company specializes in:

  • Architecture
    Architecture, Planning, Engineering
    Renovation and Planning for Adaptive Re-use
    Feasibility and Building Assessment
    Construction Management Advisory
    Code Consulting/ADA Compliance
  • Interior Design
    Interior Design
    Space Usage Analysis
    Space Planning
    Procurement Specifications
    Fixtures, Furnishings, and Equipment
  • Facilities Support & Strategic Planning
    Strategic and Master Planning
    Innovative Workplace Strategies
    Program Report & Forecasting Space Usage Needs
    Industrial Design
    Project Management
    Facility Audits and Assessments
    Change/Relocation Management
  • Consulting Services
    Site Selection and Analysis
    Development Strategies
    Government Relations
    Redevelopment Planning
    Project Definition

We believe in providing professional environments that promote success, and meet the test of change and performance over time.


  • Banking
  • College & University
  • Commercial - Industrial - Multi Tenant
  • Corporate Offices
  • Court Rooms
  • Electronics
  • Government & Military
  • Hi-Rise Multi Tenant
  • Libraries
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Office
  • Print Facilities
  • R & D Lab
  • Single User Facilities
  • Television Studio/Media
  • Traffic Management Center


    Arrowhead Credit Union
    Banco Popular
    Biosense Webster/Johnson & Johnson
    California Coastal Dermatology
    Charles Dunn Company
    City of Garden Grove Police Department
    City of Garden Grove Public Works
    City of Garden Grove Traffic Management
    City of Newport Beach
    Cushman and Wakefield
    Development One/Oakland Federal Court
    Development One/Naval Weapons Center
    Ford Consumer Credit
    Gambro (DaVita) Healthcare
    Harland Clarke/Harland Financial Solutions
    Jones Lang LaSalle
    Kawasaki Motors
    Los Alamitos Medical
    National Archives and Records Administration
    Occidental College
    OC Register/OC Register Print Facilities
    Orange County Aerospace Group
    Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union
    Parker Hannifin
    Physicians Weblink/Monarch Health
    Richard Nixon Foundation
    Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
    Scantron Offices & Print Facilities
    Schools First Federal Credit Union
    Steelcase Showroom
    Transwestern Real Estate
    Tustin Unified School District
    Unipac Continental
    Velasquez Publishing
    Whittier College
    Whittier Law School


Archetype International is an architecture and interior design firm, designing professional environments that promote success, and meet the test of change and performance over time.

Archetype International believes that successful design occurs when aesthetic considerations are balanced with facility functions, plan efficiency, cost and time.


  • Founded 1987
  • Incorporated in California 1990
  • Corporate name: The Arcanthus Corporation
  • Licensed in Architecture
  • Certified in Interior Design
  • Certified in Facility Management
  • 54% Woman Owned
  • Certified Small Business
  • Member BOMA since 1989
  • Member IFMA since 1996
  • Address: 14181 Yorba St., Suite 202, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Phone: 714.564.0065
  • Fax: 714.564.0034


History & Affirmative Action

The firm was established in 1987 to provide effective solutions for the built environment. In 1990, the firm incorporated in the State of California, as The Arcanthus Corporation, and is a woman owned business.

Staff Qualifications

Key personnel are licensed architects, certified interior designers, and certified facility managers. These professionals possess specific project experience ranging from the programming and design phase through construction and occupancy phases. Our primary project team has provided continuity and focus for the company since 1987.

Governmental Relations

We maintain a successful track record and relationship with many local city and county jurisdictions, throughout the State of California. Archetype International is the author of the Project Development Process for the City of Santa Ana. Our Principals have served as appointed members of various government planning and review boards at the local levels of government.

Location and Service

The firm is located in Tustin, CA. and has provided services throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia.


  • American Institute of Architects
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • California Council for Interior Design Certification
  • International Facility Managers Association
  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification
  • National Council of Architects Registration Boards

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Meet Our Design Team Members

John Secor

Principal Architect

JOHN D. SECOR, AIA, NCARB, CID, CFM - Principal Architect
John Secor, a licensed Architect, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1980. John is an NCARB certified licensed architect, with an expertise in the strategic application of facility architecture, interior planning and project management. Since joining Archetype International in 1987, John has been responsible for the technical supervision of all planning, and design operations as well as project delivery for the company. In 1996 John became a Certified Facility Manager through IFMA, further signifying his knowledge in facilities operations and design. Currently John is the instructor of the Facilities Planning and Design course at UCI’s Facility Management, Certificate Program. John is also an instructor at Orange Coast College. Mr. Secor is the chair of the OC IFMA Education Committee and has been a featured speaker at both World Work Place and Facility Forum national conferences. In 2000, John authored, “Project Team Partnerships” for Office & Commercial Real Estate Magazine and has also written the “Project Development Process” guide for the City of Santa Ana. He continues to provide service to his community in the form of public appointments to the North Tustin Advisory Committee (1993 – 2013) LAFCO, and is currently serving as the Third District representative for the County of Orange Planning Commission, as appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. John’s professional affiliations include AIA, NCARB, IFMA, BOMA, CCIDC, and ICBO.

Trish Secor

Principal Designer

TRISH SECOR, NCIDQ#4945, CID, CFM, LEED-AP - President/Principal Designer
Trish Secor is the founding member of Archetype International. For over 30 years, her analytical and creative skills as a facility planner and design professional have contributed to real estate decision making for many significant US firms and agencies. Specializing in Strategic Facility Planning, Trish’s project range of experience includes commercial and industrial projects, high rise, retail, government agencies and R & D facilities. Supporting activities include professional membership in the International Facility Manager Association (IFMA) and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). She has been active in educational efforts and government relations activities for BOMA on a state wide level. Both Associations have voted her “Member of the Year”. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art/Environmental Design from San Diego State University (1979) and earned subsequent certification by NCIDQ in 1983. In 1996 she qualified for and was granted Certified Facility Manager status by IFMA. Trish is currently an adjunct instructor for the Interior Design Program at Orange Coast College.


2015 Commercial Real Estate Awards


Use Creativity, Caution To Select Interior Office Paint Colors
By Greg Zimmerman, Executive Editor, Building Operating Management magazine
  • Choosing paint colors for office space is both an art and a science, and both creativity and caution are required. There are a number of considerations, and just as many creative ways paint can be used — to signal to occupants the purpose of a space, for wayfinding, to provide splashes of color to accent furniture, carpet, and other interior design elements.
    "People like color," says Trish Secor, principal designer with Archetype International. "More and more, people are choosing bolder colors in office space." Read more..


Orange County Planning Commissioners Appointment

  • We are pleased to announce that our Principal Architect, John D. Secor, has been appointed to the Orange County Planning Commission. The Orange County Board of Supervisors appoints five planning commissioners, each representing a district of the County. John has been appointed by Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer and will serve a term from 2013 through 2016.
    John Secor has practiced architecture since 1979, and provided operational leadership as Principal Architect at Archetype International since 1987. As the principal and senior professional, he has developed an expertise in the specialized area of facilities architecture, planning and management. He is currently an advisor and adjunct instructor at the University of California, Irvine- Extension, FM Certificate Program, and Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA for architecture and interior design.
    John’s current clients and project list includes the National Archives and Records Administration, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Whittier Law School, Cushman and Wakefield, Scan Health Plan, and numerous corporate real estate clients. He previously served 17 years on the North Tustin Advisory Committee, also a County appointment for land use applications and discretionary plan review hearings.


IFMA OC Program Meeting

  • Save the day! "FACILITY MANAGEMENT INTERSECTIONS" - Join us for an exciting and new topic.
    Date: February 2nd, 2017
    Time: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
    210 B Student Ctr., Irvine, CA 92697


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