Melissa Cole

BS Interior Design, San Jose State University

"She not only helped us from start to finish with her knowledge of finishes and the construction process, but her high energy made it entertaining for us as well!"

— Sue | Atherton, CA

Melissa Cole brings extensive Project Management and leadership skills to our team, as well as high level of design and enthusiasm. Developed through successful relationships with numerous Silicon Valley clients, her expertise encompasses large scale tenant improvements and new construction for clients such as Google, GoDaddy, Softbank and Jay Paul Company with campuses up to 200,000 sf prior to joining SDS.

Serving as Project Designer for previous firms such as Gensler and DES, Melissa worked closely with the architectural team to create dynamic space plans that reflect company culture as well as select architectural finishes and all of the FF&E (Fixtures, Furniture and Equipment) to complete the space. Complex programming and coordination with large client and user groups was required with heavy attention to management, project scheduling and implementation of a cohesive design vision often through multiphase construction. Additional expertise includes LEED and USGBC building requirements with several projects attaining LEED CI Gold status.

She applies the same dedication and commitment to design in working with our elite residential clients. Working hand in hand with the homeowner and construction team, she provides careful attention to interior finishes and furnishings as well as thoughtful oversight to the overall construction process. Current projects include new custom homes in Atherton, Los Altos and Palo Alto.

Melissa Cole


Melissa was born and raised in New York and resides in Menlo Park with her husband, a Menlo Park fireman, and young son. When not in the office, she helps out at her son’s school as the home room parent. She can be seen at the gym, or riding her scooter around the neighborhood with her son. She’s most known in the office for her energetic personality, fun laugher, and ability to speak in spontaneous British accents.