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We are Project M Plus, a Los Angeles–based collective of designers and architects.

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Design process

Engage

What’s your story? We get to know you and your project. We ask questions. We listen. We research your milieu. What’s been done right? What’s god-awful? What makes your project unique and special? We create mood boards, we edit and refine like crazy. We pen a list of deliverables. We share common goals.

Design

For us, strategy and process go hand in hand with creativity. Building on our research, we refine the story we’re telling. And then we design our asses off. We explore creative strategies that illustrate a cohesive story. We believe in collaborating with our clients; we encourage open minds. We promise to play nice.

Build

Guided by the chosen concept, we iterate, and get it right. We work together from the big picture to the pixel. We take pride in our high standards; we’re a large enough agency to deliver the goods, and small enough to be agile and quick. We move beyond what’s already been done and bring our design solutions to life.

Grow

We find what needs love, and nurture it. Bringing in the best new technologies to push the envelope and connect the dots, we anticipate, and strategize. We believe in thoughtful evolution, and we don’t leave things to chance.

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Design Services

  • Brand Strategy
  • Packaging
  • Design Identity
  • Creative Direction
  • Logo Development
  • Photography & Video
  • Website Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Website Programming
  • Branded Environments
  • Content Development
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Naming
  • Influencer Outreach
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Architecture Services

  • Architecture
  • Master Planning
  • Hospitality
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Residential
  • Space Planning
  • Commercial
  • Sustainable Design
  • Restaurant Design
  • Historic Preservation
  • Interior Design
  • Programming
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When you practice in all fields of design, each field benefits from your experience in the others.

Co-founder & Creative Director

Cleo Murnane

As Creative Director & Co-Founder of Project M Plus, Cleo puts 15 years of experience to work creating premium branding. Her deep knowledge of design coupled with her impeccable eye make her a force of nature. From branding real estate and hospitality developments to designing websites and collateral for fashion, restaurant, and lifestyle clients she brings an unwavering commitment to beauty and functionality to every project she touches. She has been instrumental in creating work for such esteemed clients as Caruso Affiliated, Sincerely Jules, Rizzoli, Kilroy Realty Corporation, Villa Carlotta, Hedley & Bennett, Umami Burger, Ergobaby and Orbit Baby, Lombardi House, Simone Le Blanc, and many more.

Before founding M Plus, Cleo worked for prestigious design and advertising agencies from LA to NYC to London, including stints as Art Director for Bentley Motors, Packaging Designer at The Body Shop International, and Senior Designer positions at Pentland Brands and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Co-founder & Architecture Director

McShane Murnane

With more than 15 years experience as a practicing architect, McShane is a rising name in the Los Angeles architecture world. Whether he’s renovating a geodesic dome in Eagle Rock, working on a $166-million mixed-use project downtown or building his own cantilevered hillside residence in Silver Lake, his simple, elegant building forms give users an inspired view of the environment around them. His talent for integrating the many forces at work in site-specific design and ability to work calmly under pressure make him a sought-after creative partner.

He holds a Master’s of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota. McShane has taught architectural detailing at the California Design College and has participated in the USC Architecture Guild.

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Colin Peeples

Architect

Nicole Lesmeister

Studio Manager

Brian Janeczko

Architect

Krista Won

Architectural Designer

Anna Green

Architectural Designer

Benjamin Juhlin

Senior Graphic Designer

Amber Asay

Design Director

Christian Casucci

Design & Project Manager

Victor Wang

Architectural Designer

Rilke

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Our Clients

  • 8500 Burton Way
  • Above The Glass
  • Amy Sklar Interior Design
  • Bar Ama
  • Beaming
  • Beck
  • Blue Cat Productions
  • Brett Morgan
  • Brown Design Group
  • Cameron Design Group
  • Caruso Affiliated
  • CGI Development
  • Charlize Theron
  • Columbia Square, Hollywood
  • Courtney Applebaum Design
  • Emily Henderson Studio
  • Eagle Rock Montessori
  • Faring Capital
  • FE Design & Consulting
  • Fox Restaurant Concepts
  • Garden School Foundation
  • Giovanni Ribisi
  • Grimm & Chen Structural Engineers
  • The Grove
  • Hedley & Bennett
  • Heirloom LA
  • Hive Magazine
  • Kilroy Realty Corportation
  • Lagralane Group
  • Lake Boutique
  • L&E Oyster Bar, Silverlake
  • Lesly Kahn & Co. Acting Studio
  • Lewis Miller Design
  • Lombardi House, Hollywood
  • Lucent Lightshop
  • Ledlow
  • Mara Brock-Akil
  • North Italia
  • Oh Joy Studio
  • PRG Investment & Management
  • Q Sushi, Downtown LA
  • Rizzoli
  • ROM Investments
  • Ron Robinson
  • Rosie Jane Cosmetics
  • Rustic Canyon
  • Salazar
  • San Francisco MTA
  • Sommer House Granola
  • Sia
  • Simone LeBlanc Inc.
  • Sincerely Jules
  • Smashbox Studios
  • Sonny’s Hideaway
  • Southpaw Men's Salon
  • Ted Muehling
  • Thor Steingraber
  • Umami Burger
  • Villa Carlotta
  • Warner Loughlin Studio
  • The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge
  • Westbound
  • Yeah Rentals

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Careers

Project M Plus is a Silver Lake based collective of designers and architects, and we’re always looking for superbly talented like-minded creatives. Love of design and architecture a must, quality music playlists appreciated, and office pets encouraged. Show us what you’ve got.

Silver Lake Office

2898 Rowena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 284-8921

Now Hiring

  • Architect

    Architect

    Cleo and McShane Murnane oversee a group of inspired designers that make up M Plus, an integrated design and architecture firm in Silver Lake, CA. With a variety of residential, commercial and development projects, this young firm is offering creative 2D and 3D design solutions to a diverse range of clients.

    We are seeking a design-oriented, problem-solving, creative person to fill a full-time, mid-level Architect position. This role is ideal for someone who is looking to gain valuable design and construction experience in both a team and individually driven environment. Main responsibilities will include assisting in the design process from schematic phases to construction documentation, and permitting (LADBS experience preferred). Candidates must have previous experience working on presentation materials and construction drawing sets, including a strong interior design background. This position requires a highly motivated individual, ready to learn and to take on project management duties.

    Requirements:

    • Professional degree in architecture from an accredited university.
    • Minimum 4 years professional experience.
    • Strong conceptual, 3D, and technical construction ability.
    • Experience producing drawing sets – all phases, including presentation.
    • Fluency in: AutoCad, Adobe Suite, and Rhino, Revit (a plus but not required).
    • Physical Model-building (laser cutting + 3D printing experience).
    • Knowledge of construction detailing and drawing composition.
    • Excellent communication skills and work ethic.

    Salary based on experience.
    Please send CV / Resume, and Portfolio web-link and/or pdf work sample (no more than 5mb) to: nicole@projectmplus.com with the subject line: Full Time Architect

Internships

Calling all creatives, detail-oriented thinkers, and design fanatics. We’re looking for dedicated interns that aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. If you’re open to a variety of projects, send us a link to your website or a PDF of your work to info@projectmplus.com. We’ll be in touch!

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