Studio MMD is now SML - an architectural studio led by Los Angeles-based architects, Michael MacDonald and Bryan Libit

Principals Michael MacDonald and Bryan Libit

Born and raised in New York City, Michael MacDonald, brings a unique perspective to the necessary components of experience and community to various project scales, including commercial workplace, residential development, retail, restaurant, single-family house, and institutional projects. With over 16 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 a former adjunct professor of architecture at Woodbury University.

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

Bryan is an architect with extensive experience in business strategy and design for retail, hospitality and restaurant projects. He has over 16 years of working with companies to identify and implement pioneering retail and hospitality strategies from the prototype stage to nationwide roll-out. Bryan also brings real world practical experience from previously creating and operating a multi-unit retail and restaurant concept in Southern California. At SML he is responsible for project and design management, working closely with all members of the project team.

Prior to SML, Bryan led the architecture and environments practice at the nationwide design and brand strategy firm of Shook Kelley where he developed award winning hospitality projects for notable companies such as Harley-Davidson, Whole Foods Markets, Monkeypod Kitchen and Santa Monica Seafood. Bryan graduated from the architecture school at Cornell University and is a licensed architect in California.

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.
LA Great Streets Challenge Grant Award
Interior Design Best of the Year Award, KCRW Studios (with Clive Wilkinson)
VMSD Magazine Retail Design of the Year Award, Harley-Davidson (with Shook Kelley)
VMSD Magazine Retail Design of the Year Award, Buehler’s (with Shook Kelley)
ReBrand Top 100 Retail Projects, Harley-Davidson (with Shook Kelley)
ReBrand Top 100 Retail Projects, Buehler’s (with Shook Kelley)
Gold Nugget Award, Stoneridge Residence (with Assembledge+)
AIGA Justified Award, Coda Automotive (with Shook Kelley)
AIGA Graphic Design Award, Monkeypod Kitchen (with Shook Kelley)
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