Shanna Kerr,

Principal

Shanna treats interior design as a true art form.  Her aspiration to deliver dramatic and beautiful yet functional spaces is driven by the core belief that interior design impacts peoples’ emotions and how they experience the world even when they are not aware of it.  Her vision is to consistently deliver a unique environment for each project that excels in functionality without sacrificing the aesthetics of the space.

Originally born in Taiwan and then growing up in Australia and California, Shanna has traveled extensively infusing global culture and knowhow into her designs.  Her passion for travel, food, art, and fashion feeds her creative soul and provides inspiration on every project.

As an accomplished interior designer with over seventeen years of experience, Shanna perfected her craft working at leading firms such as Hatch Design Group, WATG, and The Getty’s Group before founding SMDA in 2005.  At each firm, she made her mark developing a specialty in designing spaces that deliver high impact and visibility in public spaces internationally on large-scale projects around the world: Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia.  From large-scale custom homes to fine dining restaurants to boutique resorts, Shanna has the experience to dig into the details of each project, each clients needs and style, and then bring that project to life.

As Founder and Principal of SMDA, Shanna is a detail oriented hands-on designer that is intricately familiar with all phases of a project’s development from concept to construction.  SMDA is thoroughly infused by Shanna's bold, dynamic, and forthright nature.  With flair, she brings with her a team, work methods, and the quality standards of an international practice but delivered with a personal and boutique experience. 


Glenn Chen,

Senior Designer

Glenn is a senior level designer that avidly pursues hiking and landscape photography; all of which hones his eye for detail and his work with interiors.  With over ten years of experience, Glenn has proven his ability to work magic, transforming raw spaces or weaving creative ambiance into an existing framework with organic finesse. 

Through his work, Glenn has gained intimate knowledge of the complete design process in a project's lifespan, from initial concept development, kitchen and bar designs, construction documents, and construction administration.  Having worked with multiple high profile clients at Hatch Design Group, Glenn has accumulated years of experience at handling several projects simultaneously, both leading the design team, and managing the project with multiple levels of complexity and coordination.  He is experienced with developers, owners, consultants, engineers, and contractors. 


KANDICE MURRAY,

Senior Project Manager

Kandice’s previous pursuits have led her into the field of Humanities, Science, Business, and finally Design.  The skill sets she has acquired from these varying fields marry her creative and technical experiences to complement the work she does at SMDA as Project Manager and Junior Designer with SMDA for the last two years.  Since coming aboard, she has managed to completion several high-end, one of a kind residences, and hospitality projects.  She is committed to building the skills that follow the mantra that “It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and yes, beauty to people’s lives.”-Don Noman.


MARY ANN DE CONEICAO,

Senior Designer

For over thirteen years, Mary Anne has worked in various forward thinking interior and architectural firms in Los Angeles including Shlemmer & Aglaze & Associates as well as DEX Design Studio.  She's had her hand in several well known projects including the Hyatt Andaz Hollywood, Sugarfish Hollywood, The Garden Cafe in Century City, and the Alibi Room in Culver City.

With a deep passion for executing design's technical details and her need for order, Mary Anne is an asset to every project.  Her extensive understanding of all phases of design extends to field surveys, as-builts, ADA Surveys, permitting, project coordination, and project management.  

Shanna is an extremely talented designer who brings forth extensive expertise and high energy to every project. She is a very organized team leader with a clear design direction which helps to maintain each project’s high quality level. Every detail is very intentional. She is also strongly committed to sharing her knowledge with her team to ensure that every member of a project is equally competent in delivering exceptional design. She has always been a mentor to several mutual colleauges including myself and on top of that has shown great team support in times of need.
— Troy Thompson @ TKO Art