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Melissa Hanley is a principal and co-founder of Blitz. She performs many roles in the studio but primarily Melissa Hanley designs. When she not working on projects for innovative local technology workplaces and global retail, hospitality, and product brands, she spends her days managing operations, brand, and project delivery strategy for the studio.
Melissa Hanley is 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. Her phenomenal parents encouraged (and tolerated) her 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 her world view ever since and informs her process to this day.
Melissa Hanley is committed to making Blitz projects not only beautiful and a pleasure to inhabit, but functional and economic successes as well. The trust her clients put in her is an incredible privilege and she loves the process of design and collaborating with individuals who value the functional, economic (not to mention aesthetic!) benefits of great design. Melissa finds that the projects where her client is an active member of the design team are the most successful and the most rewarding.
Its an exciting time in design. Melissa feels privileged to be considered a champion for good design and regularly contributes her 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.
Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley with a Minor in – City and Regional Planning. Melissa is licensed to practice Architecture in CA.
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