Melynda Eccles and Carl Smith have been working together in a scholastic capacity since September of 1992. In 1995, as students in the environmental design program at Cal Poly Pomona, an off campus industrial space was rented and dubbed “Telemachus Studio”. Shared between several art and architecture students, this studio created an environment conducive to free experimentation with various materials, mediums, and methods of work. After college, in 1997, Telemachus Studio evolved substantially. The studio became a professional partnership of three of its founding members (including Mathew Chaney). They completed a diverse portfolio of website and graphic design, environmental graphics and architecture projects. As of 2016, Telemachus Studio is now a partnership of Melynda Eccles and Carl Smith. Currently in collaboration with Los Angeles architect, William Adams, Telemachus Studio is actively working on a wide array of architectural projects, public art and design.
Who we are
Telemachus Studio is a collaborative multidisciplinary architecture and design firm in Los Angeles. Our work spans a variety of scale from intricate fabrication projects to large, ground-up structures. We move seamlessly between small and large scale thinking while remaining closely connected to building and fabrication.
We work primarily on infill residential and commercial projects throughout Los Angeles and beyond: public art, custom single-family, spec single-family, multifamily ranging from 2-50 units and small-scale commercial.
We also specialize in multiple single-family homes utilizing the city of Los Angeles’ Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance. We processed our first Small Lot project in 2007 and since worked closely with the city as this project type has evolved. We have extensive experience working with neighborhood groups and are sensitive to fitting our projects into their context to help build successful communities.
Located at the Brewery Artist Loft Complex near downtown Los Angeles, Telemachus Studio has grown with the insight, creativity and resources of the community. Our space here has given us the ability to explore materials and build in an open, collaborative community.
Where we come from
Telemachus Studio is William Adams Architects. Building on William Adams’ 40-year, award-winning heritage in the architectural industry, Telemachus is not a break from our past; it’s an evolutionary step forward. Telemachus brings together the talent and experience of multiple people with diverse interests to focus on our projects.
Consistent through all our work is the commitment to the development of a strong idea that becomes the driving force for the design and the ability to carry the design thinking all the way through and into the details.
We work best with projects that utilize simple, timeless materials reimagined to get uncommon results. This helps our projects get the most from their design and organization with the least amount of cost.