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 Involved With     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 with my B.A Degree in Environmental Studies and I especially seek out clients and projects for improving public space; in the city-dwelling environments many of us are 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 developing our own residential projects including our first home we designed together located in Echo Park, nicknamed; The Jungle Gym House, featured in Architectural Digest and dwell. 

*I stay "first home" because we are already on the hunt for another ground up project.


I'm a supporter of arts and culture organizations: RxART, LA Nomadic Division and a member of professional organizations: LAHQ, and ULI Next.   

/ Business Development 



Client Relationship Building

Strategy for landing the work you want

Targeted research / Lead Tracking 

Networking / Introductions

Identification of speaking opportunities

Representation in Los Angeles

/ Special Projects


Public Space + Art projects 

Cultural / Non-profit Alignment 

Event Development

Event Programming 

Event Sponsorships + Participation 

*Also, see good-form.net

Business Development + Strategic Partnership Consulting

for a diverse range; mostly built environment, 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

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  

Email me to discuss your next idea


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