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About Mdesign

About Us

M.Designs Architects is a Palo Alto, California based International architecture, planning and interior design firm specializing in sustainable, residential design as well as commercial and industrial projects.

We have more than 45 years of management experience in all aspects of designing, documentation and construction support, as well as an extensive background in construction and cost estimating for architectural projects.

Our expertise ranges from home and office remodels to new home, Eichler home, townhouses, villas, estates and mid-size commercial projects.

Malika Junaid

Malika Junaid, is a founder and principal of Silicon Valley award winning architectural firm, M●Designs Architects. She has won several architectural awards for her work that include awards from the prestigious META Remodeling Awards from NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), as well as an Environmental Quality Award from the City of Menlo Park, California, for the most sustainable single-family home in the city.
Malika’s design work has been featured in many local and international TV and print media. Her clients include executives from Apple, Box, Facebook, Google and Whatsapp, amongst others.
In 2009, Malika founded Green Learning Institute in California, which helped communities establish environmentally sustainable building practices through ongoing training and education.
In 2010, Malika co-founded Pakistan Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting sustainable concepts and practices to transform the way buildings and communities are built and operated in Pakistan.
In addition to her professional work, Malika is a Board Member and Charter Member of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN), member of Women Entrepreneur (WE) Los Altos, and member of Business Network International (BNI). She is passionately involved in promoting entrepreneurship and business leadership in the local community.
Malika is also devoted to supporting many charities focused on educating the younger generations, especially young girls in developing countries. She is currently a board member and President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of Development in Literacy (DIL).
Malika Junaid has achieved her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Malika lives in Los Altos Hills, California with her Husband and two daughters, two cats, seven chickens and nine Koi’s

Chip Jessup

Chip Jessup, president and co-founder of M•Designs Architects and Mogul Designs, has over 30 years of architectural and construction experience. He has expertise in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and residential projects. His project work has ranged from small highly detail-oriented residential projects to religious facilities (SABA mosque, Lord’s Grace Christian Church) and commercial projects including banks (First Republic Bank, California Federal Savings) and technically complex projects for Fortune 500 companies.
Chip takes particular pleasure in developing an understanding of a Client’s needs and then translating those needs into functional, beautiful, and affordable form. He is able to work directly with individuals and collaboratively in leading large design and construction teams.
In addition to his architectural design and management skills, Chip has an intimate familiarity with the construction environment and the relationship of trades to the work due to having spent a number of years as a laborer, carpenter & construction supervisor early in his career. MDA takes pride in its commitment to client satisfaction. The personal and empathetic approach it takes in its dealings with clients, consultants, contractors, and agencies has grown out of Chip’s life experience. The company is multi-ethnic and multi-racial. Chip’s childhood in Asia and experiences gathered through travel as a student have informed his professional life.
Chip attended Stanford University as an undergraduate in History and graduate student in Civil Engineering. He has been a licensed architect since 1981 and holds an NCARB certificate. He is a member of the AIA and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Property Committee of the YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula, the Facilities Committee for the School for Independent Learners. He has served as an oral examiner for the California Board of Architectural Examiners, and has for many years served as an officer of a local chapter of BNI, the world’s foremost referral network. Chip lives in Emerald Hills, California with his wife and one of his two children and where he is able to indulge his passion for soccer, the outdoors, and the company of interesting and compassionate people.

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Jerrod Langston Ewell

Associate Architect

Jerrod has over 25 years of architectural and construction experience.  His work portfolio has projects as far South as Fiji (Viti levu) and as East as Bern, Switzerland. His project experience ranges from Commercial such as the Watchtower Educational Facility in Hawaii to South Beach Food + Wine bar in San Francisco to many high-end residential projects in California.
Jerrod ‘designed’ his first house in the 4th grade. While the space planning was not ‘realistic’ then, he has always been fascinated by how a space ‘feels’ and how different people ‘feel & need’ space differently.
Jerrod continues with his love of architecture having recently completed the UC Berkley extended learning for Project Management and enrolled in the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, Masters in Architecture Program.
Jerrod currently lives in Santa Cruz, California with is two children, where he is able to indulge in his passion for surfing & mountain biking.

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Jose Mantica

Associate

A passionate and a seasoned designer with a culturally diverse background. Born in Nicaragua, with Italian heritage and raised in Miami, Fl. & San Jose, Costa Rica. He began acquiring a strong interest in architectural drawings at age 11, after an art class that taught perspective drawing. He’s been drawing architecture ever since.
Graduated from TEC de Monterrey, Mexico after a 5-year architecture degree with a strong backbone in design and engineering. Attended rigorous workshops with Shigeru Ban, Glen Murcutt, Charles Correa, and Ricardo Legorreta. Eager, he moved to Nicaragua and started up his own architecture firm.
Mantica geared his designs towards minimalism, integrating the outdoors with the indoors, making it a signature trait of his architecture style. Influenced highly from music and light, the spaces he has designed over the years possess a strong connection with the human senses.
Out of the office he enjoys being a good husband & father, building Legos with his kids & other crafts like modeling airplanes, travelling, oil painting, mechanical hobbies and playing tennis, cooking & biking.

Maurits

Maurits de Gans

Designer

Recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with the Henry Adams Medal & Certificate, Maurits has an eagerness to keep improving, a characteristic inherited from his European background. Understanding the cultural values within each project, he is currently working on becoming a licensed architect.
Maurits studied interior & exhibition design in the Netherlands prior to achieving his Bachelor of Architecture at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
Maurits is an active volunteer at Hope City and Habitat for Humanity rebuilding and supporting his community. Besides his passion for musicals and fashion you can find him at the golf course or hiking trails at national parks on a nice summer day.

Priyanka

Priyanka Bendre

Designer

Prior to working with MDA, Priyanka worked in India as a licensed architect, designing residential and commercial projects. Having worked in India and now in California, Priyanka brings her multicultural experience in her thought process while working on various assignments.
She earned her Masters in Master of Advanced Architectural Design in Digital Craft from California College of the Arts, San Francisco & Bachelor of Architecture from B.N. College of Architecture, Pune, India. She is currently pursuing her architecture licensure in California.
Outside of office, she can be found gardening, crafting, baking or hiking with her husband.

Avery

Avery Cobe

Designer

Born in Michigan, early life revolved around hockey. It was only through traveling for this sport that he found his true passion, Design. Avery is with M. Designs since the beginning of his Architectural career.
After attending Lawrence Technological University for a Bachelor's degree, he headed for the Bay Area where he found M. Designs, his family away from home.
Currently residing in his hometown, Michigan, he works for the firm from the cloud and enjoys spending free time with his beautiful wife and 4 dogs and a few  chickens and ducks.

Daniela

Daniela Milani

Designer

Daniela has worked on various projects during her career, but always had a special interest in accessibility. Daniela has worked for more than 3 years with accessibility projects for public spaces in Sao Paulo, her city of origin. In 2016 Daniela moved to San Francisco Bay Area, CA to study Interior Design and joined M. Designs Architects. At M Designs Architects Daniela works with Interior Design and residential projects.
Daniela’s research during her Masters in Architecture on Senior Living, earned her a published book.
Daniela lives in Foster City with her husband and their cat and as a horse lover spends most of her free time practicing show jumping and dressage.

Karen

Karen Ali

Director of Operations

Karen joined M. Designs in 2005 as a part time accountant but soon became a full-time employee of the firm. Over the period of years, she has helped grow the firm with bringing latest business tools and software.
Karen’s daily eye on the finances  and her gentle, yet firm grip on all the backend activities helps keep our business growing.
Prior to joining M. Designs team Karen worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley tech firms.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids and loves learning about sustainable designs.

Shahzadi Shamsi

Shahzadi Shamsi-Baig

Head of Marketing & Business Processes

Before joining M Designs, Shahzadi was an HR specialist with 16 years’ experience in Talent Development, Recruitment, Process Management & Service Delivery with Shell International, in Europe. Shahzadi has organised & provided trainings globally & specialized in Change Management & Trainings.
At M. Designs Architects Shahzadi manages all Marketing duties, both creative & technical including print & digital disciplines: Social & Content marketing, lead generation and CRM strategies. Shahzadi is also responsible for improving business processes & efficiencies. Her added responsibility is to manage relationships with all international clients.
Shahzadi holds a MSc. in International Marketing.
In her free time, she loves organizing & hosting events of a cultural nature for the local community with heavy emphasis on charity and enjoys spending time with family & friends.

Linda

Linda Bennett

Office Manager

A career spanning over 20 years in the Interior & Design industry, majority of which has been in Palo Alto, California. Extensive experience & skills in Design & Project Management, maintaining relationships across disciplines & coordinating staff & leadership activities. Since 2017 Linda has been part of the M. Designs family, growing together & achieving great heights in this creative and innovative industry.
Linda’s education is a reflection of her interests, a BS in Interior Design & an ongoing study in Project Management.
On a personal level Linda likes to give back to the community & is involved in various non-profit organizations providing trainings in project management & mentoring small businesses.

Our Awards

Awards
  • META REMODELING AWARDS (INTERIOR)
    SILVER AWARD
    2011

  • META REMODELING AWARDS
    ENTIRE HOUSE ($250,00 - $500,000)
    GOLD AWARD
    2011

  • META REMODELING AWARD
    ENTIRE HOUSE ($250,000 – $500,000)
    SILVER AWARD
    2012

  • META REMODELING AWARDS (INTERIOR)
    SILVER AWARD
    2011

  • META REMODELING AWARD
    ENTIRE HOUSE ($250,000 - $500,000)
    GOLD AWARD
    2012

  • META AWARD
    ENTIRE HOUSE ($250,000 – $500,000)
    SILVER AWARD
    2012

  • META AWARD
    ENTIRE HOUSE ($250,000 – $500,000)
    GOLD AWARD
    2012

  • META AWARD
    ENTIRE HOUSE UNDER $250,000
    GOLD AWARD
    2012

  • META RESIDENTIAL AWARD
    INTERIOR $100,000 & UNDER
    GOLD AWARD
    2013

  • BUSINESS HALL OF FAME (5 CONSECUTIVE YEARS)
    BEST OF LOS ALTOS
    2011 - 2015

  • META ENTIRE HOUSE AWARD
    JUDGES CHOICE AWARD
    2016

  • META ENTIRE HOUSE AWARD
    GOLD AWARD
    2016

  • CHRYSALIS AWARD
    2013

OUR Services

ARCHITECTURE

interiors

PLANNING

Get in touch

contacts
  +1 650 565 9036
  info@mdesignsarchitects.com
   4131 El Camino Real Suite #200

Palo Alto, CA 94306

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M.Designs Architects is a Los Altos, California based architecture, planning and interior design firm specializing in sustainable, residential design as well as commercial and industrial projects. we have more than 45 years of management experience in all aspects of designing, documentation and construction support, as well as an extensive background in construction and cost estimating for architectural projects. Our expertise ranges from small kitchen and office remodels to new home, Eichler home, townhouses, villas, estates and mid size commercial projects. Hallmarks of our services include a strong commitment and loyalty to clients, early and consistent interaction and negotiation with code enforcement agencies/city planners, in addition to close cooperation and coordination with all members of the project team. Hallmarks of our services include a strong commitment and loyalty to clients, early and consistent interaction and negotiation with code enforcement agencies/city planners, in addition to close cooperation and coordination with all members of the project team.

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