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Melanie Ryan

 

Professionally, I'm a Business Development Consultant. I specialize in working with professionals in architecture + design, art, placemaking and the culture that orbits them. 

My passion for the built environment has led to careers as Accounts Lead at a creative agency representing award-winning architectural clients to Marketing Director for a prolific Southern California real estate developer to Business Development consulting for clients positioning themselves in Los Angeles. 

I bring together the like-minded and uncover collaborations. 
I aim to work with innovators revered in their industries, that wish to expand brand positioning and nurture opportunities in untapped markets. 

 

I graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with a B.A Degree in Environmental Studies. I especially seek out clients and projects for improving public space; in the city-dwelling environments many of us are often in.  

 

A supporter of: Arts and culture organizations; RxART, LA Nomadic Division.

I am a member of professional organizations: ULI LA Next, and the AC-LA Communications Committee. 

2020: Started a networking group with net, called good-form. To promote designers and creatives to actively engage in play at architecturally significant locations. 

2023: Created Standing Invitation, a standing monthly invitation to do x(1) leisurely thing with me. "All intellectual improvement arises from leisure." - Samuel Johnson. 

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Personally: I co-created a "moonlight design studio" here in Los Angeles as a creative investment outlet with my architect partner, Todd Sussman. We focus on developing our own private residential projects for ourselves - including our first home we designed and built from the ground up, in Echo Park.

Nicknamed; The Jungle Gym House, featured here in Architectural Digest and dwell

2023: We have begun our second ground up residential project together, located in an artsy small beach town in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The project is to be a creative reprieve in nature, closer to family, while continuing to bolster relationships with clients and partners expanding their reach across Florida, the Caribbean and beyond.   

 

Some longer term goals: I'd like to focus on more design for social and environmental impact endeavors.

Opening a showroom space with programming, continue to focus on larger scale projects that solve urban issues, and discover new material solutions.

Todd and I would like to continue to develop residential projects and explore more hospitality components with them. Open to exploring investment opportunities. 

 

Please connect anytime to chat about ideas. 

 

 

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