Chief of Operations
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from M.I.T.
Armin spent five years working as a commercial construction manager in New York City. He then founded and managed for 15 years a residential design & construction management business. During this time Armin also provided services to Lisa Staprans Interior Design to provide additonal services by offering clients design aesthetics and construction contracting management. This dynamic proved so successful that Armin now directs his full attention to Staprans Design. This partnership allows the firm to provide clients with a powerful, in-house combination of interior design and construction-management services.
“There is an artist in me
who seeks to express beauty through design. There is also the scientist
in me who focuses on efficiencies, techniques, and procedures. The
whole design process of working with clients, artists, engineers, and builders
challenges the mind to consider art and science simultaneously. When
it all comes together, there is great exaltation in creating something
that is both beautiful and practical. That is truly good work.”
Design Director, Allied member of ASID,
Member of Vistage International
Member of Design Leadership Network
Lisa earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the University of California at Berkeley, and later studied at the School of Visual Arts and Parson’s School of Design, both located in New York City. Her career in design began in New York City working for large and small firms. In 1992 she and her husband founded the company, Lisa Staprans Interior Design, currently known as Staprans Design. Lisa’s designs grace homes in Virginia, New York, Utah, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, and many places in California.
“I entered college intent on becoming a fine artist. By graduation I’d become captivated by the idea of using interior design to make a palpable difference in people’s everyday lives. The best part is -- I get to collaborate with interesting, creative and inspiring people every day. Sometimes it’s a team of architects, contractors, artisans, craftspeople and, of course, home owners. Other times it’s a small group, just me, my project manager, and the owners. Whatever the size of the team, it’s a wonderful feeling when we unite behind a vision to create a beautiful home."
“I also have a growing passion for finding ways to make the practice of sustainable consumption an integral part of our interior design. I find fulfillment in working with artisans and firms that have integrity and a sense of social responsibility. “Green” materials take first preference, while reclaimed lumber and antiques add a sense of warmth and history. I prefer products that are not mass-produced, but instead they are made for individual spaces by individual artists. I support the small village and family with my choices of where things are manufactured. If I use products from other countries I strive to make sure that the people creating those products are not using child labor or subjecting workers to inhumane conditions."
Abbie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She studied Green Architecture and Sustainable Design practices with industry leaders, and is a member of the USGBC Emerging Green Builders. Prior to joining the team at Staprans Design, she worked as a Junior Designer at a high-end residential design firm in San Francisco.
"I am inspired by nature's designs. The finest and most interesting structures, textures, and materials are found in nature. It is that quality and beauty that I strive for in my designs, as well as my everyday life."
“The lone hand has its advantages, but the main
ingredient of successful design is the
rest of the team”