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Design Opera Architects is a collaborative architecture and design firm based in Los Angeles California. Our work specializes in integrating both the progressive and the traditional to create contemporary design projects. Founded in 2006, Design Opera develops unique solutions for each project through a process of research, development, and design that tell our client’s story. Design Opera, focuses on creating architecture and design of our time which is critical to the ever-changing conditions of climate, culture, and technology.

Our name represents the complexity in coordination and collaboration that is required to achieve a great project, similar to conducting an Opera.

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Gregory De Peña, AIA, NCARB

Principal & Founder

Gregory De Peña is a Licensed Architect in California. As the principal Architect of Design Opera he leads with a passion for rigorous research and analysis on the cutting edge of the profession.

Gregory studied vernacular architecture in the Dominican Republic and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona. His thesis design for the primitive hut of the 21st century has been internationally published for applying fluid dynamics with NASA wind study models to architecture.

He has experience with residential and commercial architecture while working with Ronchetti Design and Line & Space Architects, where he contributed in creating sustainable, environmentally conscious structures prior to founding Design Opera. He served a 2 year term on the CCAC Advisory Board for the CCDC Redevelopment Agency in Downtown San Diego. He also worked as an adjunct instructor at the New School of Architecture and Design prior to moving to Los Angeles.

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Christian Santini

Principal Designer

Christian Santini holds a bachelor in architecture from the University Iberoamericana and a Master of Architecture from The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Christian constantly experiments with how forms and space can coexist. His designs juxtapose seemingly chaotic elements, bringing them together in multifaceted compositions. He worked as a designer for the award winning design and research firm Estudio Santander, where he collaborated in multiple competitions and received an AIA Merit Award. He brings a fresh eye to design, pushing it to new limits.

He joined Design Opera Inc. in 2008 after graduating his bachelors, in 2014 He became a partner and is the principal designer in the Los Angles office and is a licensed architect in Mexico.

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Bernardo Enriquez

Principal

Bernardo holds a Bachelor in Architecture from University Iberoamericana and is a licensed architect in Mexico.

Bernardo develops creative design solutions with his design-build experience that combine the artistic and the practical into realistic and cost conscious solutions. Bernardo has played a key role materializing our built work.

Bernardo also led the construction of the firms first Design-Build Multistory Residential Building which was awarded an AIA Honor Award, and is currently overseeing the construction of the firms first Hotel in Valle de Guadalupe.

Bernardo became partner in 2014 and is in charge of overseeing projects in Mexico while also coordinating all Design-Build constructions.

Staff

Hector Hernandez, Designer

Cristina Perez de Leon, Designer

Stefan Zazueta, Intern

Litzy Hernandez, Intern

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