A multidisciplinary architecture studio dedicated to collaborative craft and timeless design.

Laney LA is an award-winning architecture practice recognized for their thoughtful designs across multiple sectors. With projects ranging from private estates to prominent masterplans, Laney LA seeks to create work that speaks powerfully- sparking a dialogue between enduring architecture and its evolving environment.

Based in the Hermosa Beach Arts District, Laney LA is a place where diverse minds gather, committed to fostering both a critical discourse and a vibrant culture. With an exceptional roster recruited from around the world, Laney LA has built a team united by a shared conviction - to make an impact through the transformative power of the creative process. From Mexico to New Zealand with specialties in landscape, product design, interiors, and architecture, Laney LA’s team leverages generous collaboration to craft meaningful spatial experiences.  Ultimately, the studio has created a unique architectural process - one rooted in both conceptual rigor and an embrace of the individual dreams of every client.

Team

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Anthony Laney, AIA

Architect, Partner
Architect, Partner

Anthony is the founding partner and visionary leader of Laney LA. Recognized as an emerging voice in the architecture community, his work has received numerous accolades, including an Honor Award from his local AIA chapter, and a Residential Architecture Merit Award from the AIA|LA. Anthony speaks frequently on the topics of design and entrepreneurship, and has taught design communication and drawing at the USC School of Architecture. His gift is bringing out the best in creative teams and adventurous clients.

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Tony Schonhardt, AIA

Architect, Studio Director
Architect, Studio Director

Tony is responsible for creating a cohesive orchestra of architects and designers. As Studio Director, he works across our multidisciplinary teams to ensure that projects not only reach their full potential, but also achieve a distilled, elevated design. With a global background and world-class training from firms such as Neri & Hu, Trahan Architects, and Aidling Darling Design, he is responsible for leading, cultivating, and elevating our people and projects.

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Mebra Kisaka

Business Director
Business Director

A Los Angeles native, Mebra Kisaka spearheads Laney LA’s organizational development, serving financial, human resource, and risk management functions within the studio. Leveraging her expertise in organizational strategy and management, Mebra bridges the gap between the creative design process and the data required to cultivate a high-performing team. If it isn’t directly architectural, it’s in her court.

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Krista Laney

Material Specialist, Partner
Material Specialist, Partner

Trained in architecture design at USC’s school of architecture and the renowned engineering firm Buro Happold, Krista is a founding partner of Laney LA, and is, in many ways, the cornerstone of the company. She has led the curation and tastemaking of Laney LA’s material research and applications. While her role continues to evolve over time, she is currently serving as an advisor to the leadership team, a resource to the design team, and mother and educator for her children. We’re not sure how she does it all either.

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John Berger

Senior Associate
Senior Associate

John is a powerhouse designer with an unrivaled passion for crafting transformative spaces. He is responsible for leading custom projects along California’s coastline and mountain ranges, and has developed a strong expertise in interior design and architecture. His determined leadership and design influence continues to shape new generations of projects and people at Laney.

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Kevin Klassman

Senior Associate
Senior Associate

Equipped with dual degrees in landscape design and architecture, Kevin brings a thoughtful, sustainability-centered approach to design. From concept to construction, Kevin leverages his broad expertise across a range of tasks and projects. With an ability to elevate everything he touches, Kevin has become an integral leader and prolific contributor on our team.

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Afi Afioga

Senior Associate
Senior Associate

Native to New Zealand, Afioga studied architecture at Unitec New Zealand before relocating to California. An expert in design, construction, and project management, his attention to detail, mindful strategizing, and technical abilities bring projects from concept to completion. With a global background in commercial architecture, his vast knowledge of different construction techniques and applications make him a master craftsman and a valued leader on our team.

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Jacob Sertich

Associate
Associate

With an educational background in chemistry and architecture, Jacob’s unique skillset weaves elegant design out of complex parameters. His approach involves intensive research, pinpointing interactive opportunities between objects in order to craft a purposeful, elevated homes. Trained at UCLA and winner of the Chao-DI Su award for best masters thesis project, Jacob brings immense drive and deep intellectual curiosity to the range of architectural and interior projects under his rigorous supervision.

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Eugene Chang

Associate
Associate

Trained in both the arts and sciences, Eugene is a true master of many trades. His inquisitive focus spans the artful, conceptual designs at the early stages of a project, and the precise attention to detail required for successful construction administration. With a background in real estate, art, and architecture, Eugene supports the team with his diverse skillset and team-first attitude.

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Logan Dumont

Associate
Associate

Graduated with a masters in architecture, Logan began his career in Greenpoint, New York before relocating to Los Angeles. With a background in hospitality and 3D modeling, he strives to express subtle, concise, and timeless designs that communicate a comprehensive narrative. Logan’s strong intuition and disciplined, active listening skills enable him to build strong client relations and deliver clean, precise work.

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Cezar Ioan-Mateescu

Designer
Designer

Trained at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania with a masters in urban planning, Cezar provides support to each project from documentation through construction. A Romanian-born globetrotter, his broad insights and sharp thinking diversifies Laney LA’s brain trust. As an expert in BIM technology with a knack for simplicity, Cezar’s “less is more” approach produces work that demonstrates beauty at every scale..

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May Cisneros

Interior Designer
Interior Designer

Hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, with a background in Industrial Design, May tells a story through interior design and the creation of bespoke furniture. May draws influence from the details of handcrafted, Mexican techniques, and her prolific designs so far have included items such as lighting, sofas, hardware, furniture, and more. Her approach seeks to express art, function, and story in every detail and interior moment.

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Madison Kaneda

Office Manager
Office Manager

Originally from British Columbia, the United States is the fourth country that Madison has called home. Madison is a professional multitasker who manages daily operations, first impressions, and many organizational projects and initiatives at Laney LA. With a global background ranging from kinesiology to business, Madison brings her trademark spirit of joyful generosity and entrepreneurial energy to her role, which at the end the day, is all about creating space for creativity.

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Saige Pagan

Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant

With a background in events, marketing and real estate, Saige brings a new perspective and a vibrant voice to the Laney LA studio. As administrative assistant, she leverages her skills in coordination and communication in order to elevate the work of the team. Masterfully balancing attention to detail and the creation of genuine connection with colleagues and clients, she helps foster an atmosphere of creativity and collaboration.

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Jocy Clara

Design Intern
Design Intern

Jocy joins us for a brief interlude before her final year at the University of Woodbury, bringing a wealth of experience and joy to the studio. Unfazed by challenges, her approach to design involves searching for the interaction of beauty and function. Her deep intellectual curiosity and ability to step into any project make her a choice collaborator on all our projects.

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Max Pittman

Design Intern
Design Intern

After changing course from a psychology PhD-track to a masters in architecture, Max joins Laney LA before his final year UCLA. Through his desire to understand architecture’s influence on well-being, Max supports the team with mindful research and timeless design. His ability to elevate minute details, and belief in spaces as extensions of ourselves, has already made an impact on the firm and is reflected in the richness of his work.