James Conrad was educated at California Polytechnic University, Pomona in the School of Environmental Design. His design experience includes restaurants, hotels, art galleries, and exceptional residences. James is also a licensed General Building Contractor and was active in designing and building high end homes from the mid 1980’s through 2000. Since 2000, James has focused his energy exclusively on architecture and development. His unique creations are brought to realization working with a select group of high-end builders primarily in California and Arizona.

James’ vast knowledge of construction allows him to be a better and more efficient designer. James has experience in all facets of designing and building properties form the acquisition of the property to the selection of the final furnishings and accessories.  The resulting homes James designs are all very different as each one is designed to maximize its building site’s unique potential.


Design—DRP, Design for Restaurant Plus, Inc.

DRP - Commercial DesignDRPhas been designing progressive retail spaces for over two decades and offer the same level of expertise to every client, from small-scale dining establishments to marquee commercial builders like Macerich and Westfield, where DRP coordinates between the developer and the lessee on both design and standards compliance. DRP can make improvements to existing spaces or pilot every phase of a new development prior to actual construction.

Modern, expressive exterior and interior design is the core of DRP. They specialize in commercial design (restaurant design, retail design, bar design, etc). Additional services include 3D renderings, engineering plans, permitting and approvals and construction drawings and cost estimation. Their commitment to creativity and problem solving is evident at retail locations throughout California and has secured DRP’s status as a Los Angeles County recommended business for over a decade.


Interior Design—SMDA, SM Design Associates

DRP - Commercial DesignSMDA specialties range from the interior architecture and layout of a space to interior design and selection of fabrics, furniture, color schemes and more. Instead of merely scratching the surface, SMDA analyzes the intent, characteristics and longevity of a space, allowing them to overcome challenges and maximize results while adding lasting value.

With proven, high-level capabilities, SMDA instills confidence in clients, from homeowners to resort developers. With both interior design and project management services, SMDA transforms their visions into practical and beautiful spaces. Clients have the assurance that their finished interior design will be unique and usable, not just for today but for years into the future. Successes in hospitality design, restaurant design, nightclub design and residential interior design reflect SMDA’s forward-thinking vision.