Melina Meissner, Senior Designer
Andrya loves getting to know clients and collaborating with them to understand the way they live and work. Drawing on a background in space planning and design development, Andrya translates her clients’ needs into designs that reflect and enhance their lives. Color theory, furniture layout and interior design are some of Andrya’s creative outlets. On the Amato team, Andrya is also responsible for overseeing photo shoots, cultivating the materials library and managing marketing and social media.
“I have always loved space planning. My earliest memories are of creating mazes, houses and towers out of any block-like objects I could get my hands on. (I LOVE mazes!) I come from a family of engineers, electricians, plumbers and iron workers; they used to encourage me to become an architect and I think it stuck. My wheelhouse is the space-planning phase of the design process. My brain just plays Tetris with things–whether they’re walls or furniture.”
Andrya holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institute of San Francisco. She has been a Senior Architectural Designer at Amato Architecture since 2016. Before joining the firm, she collaborated with David Hansen of David Hansen Design on the Ronald McDonald House expansion at Stanford project. A married mother of two, including a son with Autism, Andrya is passionate about disability rights and about advocating for children with special needs. Designing for ADA, universal design and accessible design are near and dear to Andrya’s heart.