About

Macelle provides interior design services for commercial and residential spaces. She is a Los Angeles native born and raised, and educated through the UCLA Extension Interior Architecture program. Building and design has been in her blood since she was born wearing a yellow hard hat as the daughter of a general contractor. With a lifetime of honing her skills, she brings a wealth of experience from her career in commercial real estate development, project management, brokerage and business productivity technology as a principal of her firm, M Design Build Studio. This experience enables her ability to focus on solutions for her clients while she takes them from discovery consultation phase to champagne popping!

Team

Macelle Albelda

M Design Principal and Founder

Jarette D. Gordon

Design Director

Patrick McMichael

Architect

Dianne Davalos

Junior Interior Designer

Cynthia Luna

Art and Styling

Zach Heiney

Architecture Associate

Gwen Lester

Permit Expeditor

Macelle Albelda, M Design Principal and Founder

Macelle creates amazing spaces that feel really good to be in. She is a Los Angeles native and educated through the UCLA Extension Interior Architecture program. Building and design has been in her blood since she was born wearing a yellow hard hat as the daughter of a general contractor. Her portfolio illustrates her considerable experience in designing office spaces, restaurants, gyms, public spaces and homes. She has skills in space planning, sourcing, purchasing, project management and managing installation.

Gwen Lester, Permit Expeditor

Gwen is the permit expediter on all our projects. She is responsible for submitting permits and applications to the city, as well as having plans stamped and approved. She is involved with consulting our clients on all matters involving permits or city documents and processes. She is also pursuing a degree in Urban Planning at the University of Southern California.

Patrick McMichael,Architect

Patrick is a registered architect with over 15 years experience and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado Denver, with LEED A.P. designation. His designs can be seen at Stanley Marketplace, The Source, TAXI, and more. His professional experience includes: McMichael Design Studio, Zeppelin Development and Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture. Patrick believes design and architecture should uplift and inspire and provide a sense of place that serves as a touchstone. His projects have focused on creating a space for gathering and community. They are accessible, functional, and relaxed, with touches of elegance and industrial pragmatism.

He’s a subcontractor from our partner firm Track Architecture

Zach Heiney, Architecture Associate

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He’s a subcontractor from our partner firm Track Architecture.

Dianne Davalos, Junior Interior Designer

Dianne is responsible for the furniture, finishes and equipment requirements in all phases of the project. She is involved with the development of the initial conceptual and schematic design, design development, preliminary and final FF&E budgets, complete specifications including thorough interface with vendors and purchasing agents, selection of art and accessories, and final installation.

Cynthia Luna,Art and Styling

Cynthia Luna began a career in the Los Angeles garment industry as a Textile Designer. As an independent design creative, championing hand-painted bespoke patterns, she proceeded forward with surface pattern design for public and private spaces. Boutiques, clubs, cafes and private homes feature her work. Since 2007 she has been collaborating with designers, business owners, and other clients on special projects. She won a commission for crosswalk artwork in the Pasadena Playhouse District in 2014. Cynthia’s curiosity, passion, and intuition lead her to work across the fields of display, art installation, and interior styling. Quite simply, if you desire to take your DIY project up a notch or two, Cynthia Luna is the expert you can contact to craft your desired space.

Jarette D. Gordon, Design Director

Jarette’s niche of expertise is where the technical and creative aspects of a project meet. With a degree in Business Management from the University of Florida, and a Masters of Science in Interior Design from Pratt Institute, Jarette began her career in New York City, in a small tight-knit firm with high standards of integrity, quality, and attention to detail. She credits the experience of these years, working on a variety of commercial interiors projects, with setting the standard for how she approaches every client and project. As a senior designer and project manager, Jarette consistently applies her skills to successfully carry a wide-range of projects from inception to completion.

Jarette has a passion for nurturing creativity in children and supporting artists in their pursuit to create. As thejdgcreative, she has consulted with various private clients, including the esteemed local stained glass studio, Judson Studios. She is the creator and co-founder of Pratt Institute’s Career Night and active in various art programs at the local elementary school. She has traveled extensively, completed study abroad programs in Israel and Denmark, lived in Mexico and London, and was raised in a multi-cultural environment. Jarette has a talent for connecting with people and intuitively understanding a client’s goals for a project.

Testimonials

Can a kitchen remodel actually be life changing? It can when the space becomes efficient, open and welcoming and there’s a place for everything along with room for the kids to do homework while you’re making dinner. Truly appreciate the creative thinking and collaborative nature of Macelle and her team at M Design Build Studio as we re imagined our kitchen. The end result added great value to our home and our family!

Bill Buckley, VP Brand Integration, Ayzenburg Group

Macelle is a fabulous interior designer with a unique intuitive ability to understand what the client wants and create an end product even better than the client originally imagined.

Mariana Reis, Partner, JHC Construction

I run many businesses and this building is a passion  project of mine. In the beginning I started off with a very clear vision of  what I wanted it to look like and how I wanted it to function. Macelle and her  team came in with their design process and proposed an alternative design. At  first, I wasn’t on board with the changes, however in the end, I realized her  wholistic approach provided for a better design for the entire company and I’m  glad for it. Macelle’s aesthetics, creativity and imagination brought design  elements to the project that will bring a sense of joy and wonder to all those  who enter into the space.

Kyle Kazan, CEO, Beach Front Property Management

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