WITH     Melanie Ryan  


Professionally, I'm a Business Development Consultant. I specialize in working with professional services in architecture, design 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. As an independent consultant, I enjoy teaming with creative agencies, large and small studios and urbanism oriented programming as well as a localized extension to your capabilities.


I graduated from Rollins College with my B.A Degree in Environmental Studies and especially seek out people and projects for environmental impact and material solutions; even in the city-dwelling environments I'm often in.    

I also co-founded a "moonlight design studio" called OPEN for humans, with my architect partner Todd Sussman, here is a link to his professional portfolio. With our studio together, we focus on more artful site specific-design, competitions, objects and spatial installations. We also designed and built our home together, located in Echo Park, nicknamed; The Jungle Gym House

/ Business Development  + Strategic Partnerships



Client Relationship Building

Strategy for landing the work you want

Targeted research / lead tracking 

Networking / Introductions

Identification of speaking opportunities

Representation at industry functions

/ Special Projects


Public Space + Art projects 

Cultural / Non-profit Alignment 

Liaison for Los Angeles target

Event Support:

Sponsorships + Participation 

Sustainable Material innovations

Business Development + Strategic Partnership Consulting

for a diverse range; mostly, but not limited to:

 a r c h i t e c t u r e

u r b a n i s m 

 s u s t a i n a b i l i t y


c u l t u r a l   i m p a c t


In all consulting partnerships - working with each other includes:  

  • Identifying and developing new opportunities for growth

  • Audit on internal culture + systems + goals

  • Guidance for creative solutions to land projects

  • Access to my vetted resources A + D industry contacts  


Who do I work with?  

I'm always seeking clients and agencies to team with per-project or extended opportunities.

I enjoy working with design + culture oriented businesses large and small, creative agencies and collaborating with communications firms.


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