We believe that all design begins with the human experience and a creative approach toward problem solving. Driven by the desire to create cohesive, innovative designs and experiences, we strive for beauty and elegance in every design consideration. Warmth, vibrance, and tactility are combined with an unwavering eye for tailored details, resulting in elegant and livable spaces that enrich daily life. Inspiration is drawn from multicultural influences from around the world, as well as a contemporary commitment to inventive uses of materials and building technology. Design specialities include the architectural and interior design of residences, restaurants/hospitality, retail and office spaces.


Susan Nwankpa Gillespie, RA

Nwankpa Design is led by Susan Nwankpa Gillespie, who has a rich background in design, including 15 years of experience with retail, educational, civic, entertainment and residential projects in New York, California, and overseas. Trained as both an architect and interior designer, Susan brings a unique wholistic perspective to the design process. Prior to founding Nwankpa Design, Susan spent the past five years as a lead designer with the award winning firm Belzberg Architects, working on several high-end residences, restaurants, commercial, and institutional projects. Susan Nwankpa Gillespie is a licensed architect in the state of California.

UCLA, School of Architecture & Urban Design, MArch I
Pratt Institute, M.S. Interior Design Candidate
Columbia University, B.A. Political Science


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Project list:

  • Occidental College McKinon Center for Global Affairs, Eagle Rock CA

  • Prova Restaurant, West Hollywood CA, Finalist 2015 AIA LA Restaurant Design Awards

  • Flagship Store & Restaurant, Los Angeles CA

  • Beverly Crest Residence, Beverly Hills CA

  • Mulholland Residence, Los Angeles CA

  • Wild Acres Residence, Brentwood CA

  • The Agency, Real Estate Office Headquarters, Beverly Hills CA

  • Sea Vista Residence, Malibu, CA

  • Laguna Residence, Laguna Nigel, CA

  • Rising Glen Residence, Los Angeles, CA

  • Beverly Drive Residence, Los Angeles, CA

  • Bakery Concept Store Proposal, Beverly Hills CA

  • Hungry Man Production Offices, Culver City CA

  • Shoe Store Concept, Los Angeles CA

  • Tommy Bahama Concept Proposal, Whaler’s Village Hawaii

  • Redondo Beach Transit Center, Redondo Beach, CA