STUDIO MMD

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STUDIO PROFILE

Studio MMD is an architectural practice founded with the belief that architecture has the ability to transform our daily experience, and is most successful when that experience is fun, engaging, and sustainable.

We’re not afraid to bend the rules, to challenge, and to make the most out of what might seem a meager budget or a limited space. We know that innovation and inspiration need not be mutually exclusive of an efficient approach. And we know that getting the most bang-for-the-buck means taking a nuanced approach to the existing condition of a site: to make strategic moves that result in an engaging experience.

Founded in 2007 by Los Angeles-based architect, Michael MacDonald, Studio MMD has a depth of experience in design and implementation of commercial workplace, residential development, retail, restaurant, single-family house, and institutional projects.

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EXPERIENCE

The Beach House

The Beach House

Completed with Resolution: 4 Architecture
The Dwell Home

The Dwell Home

Completed with Resolution: 4 Architecture
Kalia Houses

Kalia Houses

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
KCRW Studios

KCRW Studios

Completed with Clive Wilkinson Architects
Frederic Townhomes

Frederic Townhomes

Completed with Assembledge+
Stardust Studios

Stardust Studios

Completed with Assembledge+
Stoneridge Residence

Stoneridge Residence

Completed with Assembledge+
Fox Zanuck Studios

Fox Zanuck Studios

Completed with Assembledge+
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WHAT WE DO

Commercial Workplace Design

We design and provide consulting services for effective and collaborative workplace communities.

Residential Development Design

We can efficiently design and provide consulting on multi-family residential development projects.

Restaurant & Retail Design

We design engaging, fast-tracked retail and restaurant environments.

Home Design

We can provide design for custom ground-up and renovation of existing homes.

Institutional Design

We have extensive experience in design of institutional and educational facilities.

Project Management

We provide design and project management consulting services for various scale construction projects.

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ABOUT STUDIO MMD

Studio MMD is led by Los Angeles-based architect, Michael MacDonald

Michael MacDonald, NCARB, LEED AP

Michael MacDonald, NCARB, LEED AP


Born and raised in New York City, Michael MacDonald, brings a unique perspective to the necessary components of community and placemaking to various project scales, including commercial workplace, residential development, retail, restaurant, single-family house, and institutional projects. With over 13 years of experience in design and implementation, the studio is focused on bringing value to client’s projects through an attention to providing innovative solutions to meet client needs in an efficient manner.

Michael’s experience includes leadership roles with innovative architects: Clive Wilkinson Architects, Rapt Studio, Assembledge+ (Los Angeles) and Resolution: 4 Architecture (New York). Notable projects he has run include KCRW Studios, Google Venice, The Dwell Home, and Downtown L.A.’s The BLOC. Michael received his architectural education at Cornell University, and is currently an adjunct professor of design at Woodbury University.

The studio holds architectural licenses in California, New York, and Illinois; NCARB certification; and LEED accreditation.

Good design doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by listening and innovating.

Architecture has the ability to bring us together, to provide context for creation, to frame the way in which we communicate, and to inspire us to do great things. But a successful project doesn’t happen without a thorough understanding of a multitude of issues including context, constraints, and opportunities. In order to provide a solution, you need to define the problem. We do that by asking questions and listening.

We measure success not by personal achievement, but in the ability to meet and exceed client goals. We understand that in order for a project to be a lasting success, it needs to make efficient use of available resources, be sustainable, and to provide the context for positive daily use. This doesn’t happen when vision ignores budget, or when concept omits feasibility.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.

We live to innovate and surprise. We provide creative solutions that come from experience and a unique point of view. Sometimes to make an impact, you need to make a statement. Sometime it’s what you don’t do that gets noticed. Sometimes you need to challenge the status quo. And sometimes you need to need to re-assess the approach to the problem itself. Where others see limits, we see opportunities. Let us help you make your project a unique success.

Next LA Merit Award, Palomar Medical Center (with CO Architects)
Eidlitz Travel Fellowship, Western Austria
AIA National Innovation in Housing Design Award, Modern Modular Homes (with Resolution: 4 Architecture)
Dwell Home Design Invitational, The Dwell Home (with Resolution: 4 Architecture)
Seipp Price, Cornell University

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