We are a full service ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN firm based in LOS ANGELES. Our work includes RESIDENTIAL + COMMERCIAL projects, both renovations and new construction, with a focus on multifamily and mixed-use design. We strive to create spaces that balance the needs of the building's use and environment. Each project is approached through four key filters: technical practicality + aesthetic acumen + budget sensibility + environmental sensitivity.
The company's founder, Samantha, has over fifteen years of experience in the design and construction world. She is known for being level-headed and pragmatic with a flare of fun! By tailoring her design process, she is able to successfully address the most important issues of each project.
Low Cost Consultation of Design Services
Early Feasibility Studies + Pro-Forma Analysis
Concept + Schematic Design
Drawing Peer Review
SAMANTHA HILL | FOUNDER + MANAGING PRINCIPAL
After fifteen years of working at renowned architecture firms, including Gehry Partners , Gensler , and Arquitectonica, Samantha founded DESIGN WITH SKILL. Her past experience afforded her opportunities to work on projects of various scope and scale, nationally and abroad. Over the course of her early career she uncovered a passion for multi-family and mixed-use properties. The breadth and complexity of these projects put her problem solving skills to the test. She found clarity in communication, organization of the entire design team, and a strong understanding of the integration of multiple building systems are crucial for success.
Samantha graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture in Pittsburgh, PA and attended the Architectural Association Visiting Student’s Program in London, UK. She is a licensed architect in California, Colorado, and Hawaii. In addition, she is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Business Among Moms (BAM), and a certified LEED Green Associate. She is currently a candidate for certification as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp). As a strong believer in community engagement and participation, she recently joined South Pasadena's Design Review Board and volunteers as an adviser for the Department of Planning's Professional Volunteer Program (PVP) in the City of Los Angeles.
In addition to her dayjob, Samantha is a self-proclaimed epicure. She has a passion for food, both cooking and eating! The art of making a delicious meal is strikingly similar to designing a building- gathering the proper proportions of the right ingredients, combining each in a way to balance flavors, and choosing the right cooking technique is a sure way to sweet…or savory success. The beautiful part of both cooking and architecture is the chance to explore and develop a product you can enjoy with pride. You can follow her journey to discover flavorful food in unique environments at www.designwithflavor.com.