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MELISSA HANLEY, AIA

Principal + CEO

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley,
Minor – City and Regional Planning
Melissa is licensed to practice Architecture in California.
hello! I’m Melissa, a principal and co-founder of Blitz. I perform many roles in the studio but primarily I design. When I’m not working on projects for innovative local technology workplaces and global retail, hospitality, and product brands, I spend my days managing operations, brand, and project delivery strategy for the studio.
I’m a maker at heart and fell in love with creating things at a very early age. As the daughter of a contractor / fine wood-worker, building runs in the blood. My phenomenal parents encouraged (and tolerated) my artist expressions even at the expense of the furniture and walls. This sense of exploration and freedom to test ideas has been at the core of my world view ever since and informs my process to this day.
I’m committed to making Blitz projects not only beautiful and a pleasure to inhabit, but functional and economic successes as well. The trust my clients put in me is an incredible privilege and I love the process of design and collaborating with individuals who value the functional, economic (not to mention aesthetic!) benefits of great design. The projects where my Client is an active member of the design team are the most successful and the most rewarding.
It's an exciting time in design. I feel privileged to be considered a champion for leading-edge design and regularly contribute my projects and design knowledge to technical and lifestyle publications such as Architect Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Contract, Vanity Fair, GQ, The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

MELISSA HANLEY, AIA

Principal + CEO

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley,
Minor – City and Regional Planning
Melissa is licensed to practice Architecture in California.
hello! I’m Melissa, a principal and co-founder of Blitz. I perform many roles in the studio but primarily I design. When I’m not working on projects for innovative local technology workplaces and global retail, hospitality, and product brands, I spend my days managing operations, brand, and project delivery strategy for the studio.
I’m a maker at heart and fell in love with creating things at a very early age. As the daughter of a contractor / fine wood-worker, building runs in the blood. My phenomenal parents encouraged (and tolerated) my artist expressions even at the expense of the furniture and walls. This sense of exploration and freedom to test ideas has been at the core of my world view ever since and informs my process to this day.
I’m committed to making Blitz projects not only beautiful and a pleasure to inhabit, but functional and economic successes as well. The trust my clients put in me is an incredible privilege and I love the process of design and collaborating with individuals who value the functional, economic (not to mention aesthetic!) benefits great design. The projects where my Client is an active member of the design team are the most successful and the most rewarding.
It's an exciting time in design. I feel privileged to be considered a champion for good design and regularly contribute my projects and design knowledge to technical and lifestyle publications such as Interior Design Magazine, Contract, Vanity Fair, GQ, The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.