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

Laney LA is an award-winning architecture and design studio driven by the conviction that great architecture can inspire the best in humanity - moving those who experience it, shaping neighborhoods, and impacting the way we steward our environment. Based in Los Angeles, the studio specializes in residential, commercial, and interior design projects along the western coast and mountain ranges of the United States.

With a global roster from Canada to South Africa, Laney LA is a place where diverse minds gather, focused on the simultaneous pursuit of critical discourse and vibrant culture. Conscious of architecture’s ability to connect our lives with nature, their projects seek symbiosis between the built and natural environment, and have been recognized by the 2022 AIA Los Angeles Residential Honor awards and the 2022 Dezeen Longlist.

Ultimately, Laney LA’s approach requires an embrace of the tension between sustainability and affordability, nostalgia and progress, rigorous design and artful service. For there is strength found in tensility, and beauty found in paradox.

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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Jacob Sertich

Senior Associate
Senior 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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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

Associate
Associate

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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Sasha Francouer

Associate
Associate

Relocating from Boston, Sasha Francoeur joins our team, bringing a boundless enthusiasm for collaboration and elevated design. His ability to enter any conversation and listen actively and critically, has made him an influential partner on day one. Raised in an environment of multidisciplinary artists and trained in carpentry, he innately seeks to balance craft and creation in every project. For Sasha, the greatest reward is making ambitious dreams possible through rigorous ideation and refinement.

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Michelle Her

Interior Designer
Interior Designer

With a multidisciplinary background, Michelle first began her career in business and entertainment before returning to University of California, Los Angeles to pursue interior design. With her experience in residential design and administration, Michelle prioritizes the dialogue with the client beyond anything else and finds that the story being told begins and ends with the human experience.

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Buyan Jargal

Designer
Designer

Buyan began his career in finance before pursuing his passion for design at the NewSchool of Architecture in San Diego. After graduating at the top of his class, he dove into his career in the states and hasn’t looked back. Beyond his humble spirit and open curiosity, he possesses an ability to intuitively distill designs in order to catapult them even farther.

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Jocy Clara

Designer
Designer

Jocy brings 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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Jono Hamilton

Designer
Designer

A native of South Africa, Jono has lived in the United States for nearly a decade, and joins our team with a wealth of diverse interests and abilities. From studying marketing, management, and architecture to dedicating a year to humanitarian work, he brings a deep appreciation for the intersection of creating work that is a service to both its occupants and humanity at large. Trained at Pratt Institute, Jono's unique skillset leverages his background in conceptual experimentation to elevate the design of every project.

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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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Adrienne Cawili

Office Coordinator
Office Coordinator

With a background in creative project coordination and commercial property management, Adrienne brings a wealth of administrative experience to our team. Trained in Psychology, she has the ability to intuitively understand others, which includes everything from reading a room to meeting an unspoken need. Her attention to detail and resourcefulness enables the entire team to perform at its best.