Director of Design

Ryan Brown

The founder of Brown Design Group, Ryan has a lifetime of experience in construction, design, furniture, real estate and development. Ryan´s commitment to the authenticity of an environment and its architecture leaves a lasting mark, while his daring eclecticism always creates warm and approachable spaces.

Living and traveling abroad influence his design decisions, and inform the sources and inspirations from which he draws. As a well-known real estate developer, Ryan also starred on Bravo’s Flipping Out series, demonstrating his great capacity to manage even the most challenging of design situations. Helping people understand the role and importance of design has become a passion of Ryan’s.

Creative Director

Diego Monchamp

With over 20 years in the design field, Diego brings a stylized sensibility to projects of all shapes and sizes. With experience in imports, custom furniture and progressive design, Diego strives to create cohesive rooms that look effortless and timeless, combining the best of the project´s architecture with the needs and desires of his clients in seamless harmony.

His time spent in Europe and South America has provided an endless supply of creative ideas and inspirations. Before joining Brown Design Group, Diego was a principal at Idea Space Design in Beverly Hills for nine years, working with high-end clientele and managing multiple commercial and residential projects.

Senior Designer

Susie Schuster

Susie brings to BDG years of diverse experience in Hospitality, Residential and Custom Furniture Design. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Susie’s approach to design is as layered and multi-faceted as the city she grew up in. She holds to the belief that design is more than just building a space; it’s about creating an atmosphere. She does this by seeking to find balance between aesthetics and function, combining the luxuries of a resort with the warmth and comfort of a private residence, and creatively collaborating on branding.

Her portfolio of work includes residences throughout the US and award-winning projects including the Red-O restaurant and Q-Sushi in Los Angeles and the internationally acclaimed Cabo Azul Resort; Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Working and living abroad has inspired Susie to continuously design outside of the box. The most rewarding part of the journey for her is watching the design unfold and come to fruition.

Senior Designer

Sharyea Obayuwana

Sharyea Obayuwana has over fifteen years in both commercial and residential design. A native of Southern California, Sharyea has always been drawn to the beauty of nature and spaces. Her interest in design began as a child, when she became aware and sensitive to the spaces in which she found herself. She remembers begging her mother for a subscription to Architectural Digest magazine at only nine years old. She has traveled and lived abroad gaining inspiration and influence from many cultures around the world. She graduated with honors from Howard University with a B.B.A. in International Business/Marketing and Spanish minor. She ventured into a more creative field when she obtained a Master of Arts degree from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.

Sharyea’s portfolio of work includes private homes and estates, commercial spaces, and a palace in Saudi Arabia. She worked for Gensler for several years, as well as at a number of residential firms including Brown Design Group before taking a short break to spend time at home with her husband and two young boys. She is thrilled to be back with Brown Design Group, and approaches design projects with the belief that we should all live in spaces that nourish us and celebrate all of our senses.

Senior Designer

Nancy Quynh

Constantly molding and shifting to the needs of each project, Nancy is committed to the idea that great design tells a story that undeniably reflects the client’s lifestyle and vision. Inspired by culture and community, Nancy’s approach to design is open-minded and grounded in the playful relationships between color, form, function, scale, light and textures. 

With a B.A. in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University,  Nancy brings to BDG years of experience in construction, interior design and custom high end furniture, with a portfolio of work including residences and commercial spaces throughout the United States, all varying in scale, purpose, style and narrative. 

Designer

Francisco Acosta

Francisco was born in Mexico City and moved to California to attend high school.  He returned to Mexico to pursue his BA in Architecture from Tec de Monterrey.  During his time in college he studied in Madrid for a year and traveled around Europe which expanded his vision, design sensitivity and creativity.

In 2014 he attended FIDM where he obtained an AA in Interior Design which opened his doors to the design world here in Los Angeles. He has worked in several design areas in different countries from massive architectural projects to exclusive pieces of high end furniture. At BDG Francisco has found the opportunity to put his skills to work and support the team in different areas of the projects as they involve all phases from conceptual design to construction.

 

Design Assistant

Andrew Brick

Andrew was born near the mountains of Banff, Canada.  In 2008, he settled down in Los Angeles where he attended post-graduate school for Interior Architecture & Design at UCLA. 

Before joining Brown Design, Andrew assisted a hospitality design firm in Venice, California where he worked on a variety of boutique hotels, restaurants, and social clubs.  Andrew pairs his passion for creativity and design with his extensive experience in real estate.  Prior to design school, Andrew worked for one of the top real estate firms in the country where he brokered some of the largest residential real estate transactions in the country. This experience created a deep knowledge of how design plays a role in property and resale values.

Andrew’s approach to design is natural and organic.  Rooted in the belief that the elements of the earth are our greatest resource, he strives to make each space feel authentic, unique, and effortless.

Design Assistant

David Garber

David’s design career can be traced back to his early teens, when he creatively utilized a sick day to stay home and rearrange his parents’ living room. He formalized his interests in the places people occupy and the way they shape our daily experiences by studying architecture and urban design in college, which led him into a career in real estate, economic development, and even local politics in New York City and his hometown of Washington, DC, before moving to Los Angeles where he worked under two other notable interior designers prior to joining Brown Design Group.

Whether designing and managing renovation or investment projects, serving on design competition committees, or advocating in more public capacities, David has always sought to promote current sensibilities within the timeless context of what has come before — old plus new, scaled to the people who use the spaces most, with a focus on comfort, ease, and meeting the individual goals of each client. His design style takes cues from the places, textures, and values he’s picked up in his many homes and travels: East Coast classic meets clean contemporary, quiet industrial, California color, and an eye toward the unique patina that only handmade, local, or one-of-a-kind vintage pieces bring to a space.

 

 

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