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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 47 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.
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Our expertise ranges from home and office remodels to new home, Eichler home, townhouses, villas, estates and mid-size commercial projects.

Chip Jessup, MDesignarchitects

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.

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

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Maurits de Gans

Associate, Designer

Maurits was named an Associate, effective January 1, 2020. He joined the firm in 2018, immediately making an impact thanks to his design sense, warm smile, enthusiasm and collegiality, attention to detail, and commitment to clients, consultants and colleagues. He has become an indispensable member of the team.
Maurits’ work includes high-end residential projects, multi-family, tenant improvement, and mixed used projects.
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.
Maurits studied interior & exhibition design in the Netherlands prior to achieving his Bachelor of Architecture at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
During his education, he has been a mentor for his peers at the Academy of Art and is still today an active critic & mentor for the students there. His passion and dedication led to pursuing his LEED license/practice in the upcoming year.

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José “Chepe” Mántica

Intl’ Associate AIA

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.


Nick McCracken

Senior Designer

My passion for design can be traced back to the days I could barely walk, whether it was Legos, K’nex, Erector Sets. I later followed iconic designers like Zaha Hadid, Mies Van der Rohe, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
I studied architecture at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where my love for architecture and design was cemented.
Then the fabrication bug got a hold of me and I moved to New York City working for a design engineering and fabrication firm.
Back in the Bay Area I started my own one human design build studio. My projects have included a design director role for a future-focused 22 acre community space in Portola Valley, an eco-minded off-grid tiny home built with 100% organic insulation, and various remodels around the Bay.
Now at M Designs, I bring my constructability and material science passion to the architecture of Silicon Valley. I try to learn as much as I can about sustainability and implement that into our California contemporary style.
In my free time you can usually find me in my fabrication shop making furniture, on the road in my camper with my wife and our dog, volunteering on a big art project, or out at the beach on a surf board.

Rasta Khazeni: Interior Designer

Rasta Khazeni

Interior Designer

Before I joined M Designs Architects, I worked in residential, retail, corporate office, and hospitality design for commercial architecture firms in Silicon Valley on projects for Starbucks, Google, Genentech, Synthego, Alectar, and more.
I got my A.S. degree in Multimedia/ Graphic Design and worked as a Multimedia designer for high tech companies for many years before getting another A.S. degree, this time in Interior Architecture Design. Currently I am in the process of getting my BFA degree in Interior Architecture at SJSU.
I am passionate about Sustainable & Green Design. I am actively pursuing my LEED Green Associate certificate to be followed by LEED ID+C in the near future.
I am a world traveler and in my spare time, I love to hike, bike, and paint, having had my own Gallery shows also.
My hands-on years of diverse work experience, education, skills, and passion bring great value to the M Designs Architects’ customers who seek a unique design for their space.
Languages: English, Dutch & Farsi

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Priyanka Bendre

Architectural Designer

Priyanka Joined MDA in 2016. Prior to working with MDA, Priyanka worked in India as a licensed architect. 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.

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Avery Cobe


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.


Zhengrui He

Architectural Designer/ Interior Designer

Zhengrui started his architecture career in China before moving to the US where he received his Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He began his architecture practice in Bay Area since 2018, designing residential, mix-used and office projects. At M. Designs Architects Zhengrui focus on high-end residential architectural design as well as interior design.

Out of the office he likes hiking, cooking and traveling with his friends and playing sports game.

Language speak: English/Mandarin

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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, MDesignarchitects

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.


Shanice Pleasant

Office Manager

With over 5 years of experience in salon and business management, Shanice is a seasoned Office Manager that has brought tons of energy and excitement to M. Designs. Shanice is currently in the process of finishing her BSBA and applying for her Masters program in the fall.
She is also a licensed cosmetologist, salon owner, and natural creative. Prior to joining M Designs Architects, she managed 2 full service salons. In her free time she volunteers at homeless shelters across the bay area, bakes, and spends time with her family and friends.

Our Awards


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    INTERIOR $100,000 & UNDER

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  • 2019 META Awards: Platinum (Entire house over $1,000,000)

  • 2019 META Awards: Platinum (Entire house $750,000 - $ 1,000,000)

  • 2019 META Awards: Platinum (Home over $250,000)

  • META Remodeling awards: Judge’s Choice Entire House ($750,000 - $1,000,000) 2019

  • META Remodeling Awards: Gold Awards Entire House ($750,000 - $1,000,000) 2019

  • META remodeling awards Platinum awards Residential addition ($100,000 - $250,000) 2019

  • World Architecture & Design Awards 2019 First award for Residential Private Home

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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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