• Leadership

    An inspirational, civic-minded group who uses their training and experience to generate a shared vision for success.

    Mission

    SAA provides business driven design solutions to meet our clients' objectives.

    Vision

    Provide integrated design services to all commercial real estate markets through artistry and savvy.

  • Brendan Farrell

    Director of Operations

    "I think the first time I asked, ‘why?’, I got started in Operations. I seek to understand before I look to be understood. I love problem solving and improvement. However incremental, it is its own reward."

    Brendan has a keen awareness of the relationship between the big picture and the small details. He streamlines his process by recognizing all responsibilities, big and small, can be summed up by the objective to minimize friction. Coming from a military family, Brendan’s diverse experiences at a young age instilled an understanding in him to learn from practices of those who went before and work together with those on your team to build something beyond what could have been accomplished alone.

     

  • Erica Zuniga

    Principal

    "I enjoy the challenge of matching a business need with an artistic and functional interior space. I continue to look for smart, educated, innovative and creative solutions for the ever-changing demand for real estate."

    As a Principal, Erica has an acute knowledge in all areas of the commercial real estate and design process. Through direct involvement in our firm and the real estate community, Erica keeps the pulse on client concerns and market demands. She has a proven track record of managing large real estate transactions in Orange and Los Angeles counties, which has positioned her as an irreplaceable asset to our clients. Erica approaches challenges head on and her personable and spirited demeanor are forefront in all interactions.

  • Vatche Daldemian

    Principal, Managing Director - Culver City and Downtown Los Angeles

    "Unless you see the problem through the client's eyes, you can't come up with the best possible solution."

    Vatche has worked with Nelson Algaze for over 27 years and has been with SAA since its founding. Vatche's steady demeanor and clarity have earned him tremendous respect in the Real Estate and Construction industries. He has successfully completed many of our more technically complex projects. Vatche has a natural talent for spotting prospective industry trends and incorporates this way of thinking and approach into our office culture.

  • Stephanie Crane

    Principal - Real Estate Due Diligence

    “One of our clients affectionately termed us ‘The Laser Squad’ and will only move forward on a new acquisition after our team has measured the building during their Due Diligence period. He knows how important it is to get real square footages as well as recommendations and strategies for maximizing the building's value.”  

    With extensive industry and effective project management experience, Stephanie has expertise in all areas of design as well as the real estate lease transaction.

    Stephanie is proud to say that SAA is branded as a firm that's easy to work with, noting that the firm has worked hard at simplifying the design process for everyone on the project team. That, combined with real team collaboration, is what she believes makes a successful project. What delights Stephanie is her enduring relationships with some of our best clients.

  • Steven Drucker

    Steven Drucker

    Design Principal

    "Growing up in New York, the entire city and world of people, places and buildings were an inspiration. I have been creating and designing for most of my life. As a child, I played with wooden building blocks and endless amounts of Legos, Skyline Construction and Girder and Panel Building Sets."

    Steven is responsible for our firm’s overall design philosophy. With over 25 years of experience as an award-winning designer and over four million square feet of project experience, Steven is nationally recognized as an industry expert in workplace strategy and conceptual design. Steven's work has appeared in numerous publications and he is a frequent contributor to design industry and professional association seminars and speaking engagements.

  • Nelson Algaze

    CEO

    "I’m here to service our clients. I want to make a city the hippest and best place to be, one building at a time."

    With over 30 years of industry experience, Nelson has made a commitment to innovation and authenticity in his approach. His personal portfolio includes corporate designs that have been described as innovative and timeless. He encourages everyone at the firm to "Design Think", which can be described as the overall vision of our company: To provide business-drive design solutions with artistry and savvy. He understands how to make a good company. He invests in our people and has a strong interest in professional development in his role. His energetic personality and down to earth attitude weaves enthusiasm and transparency into all interactions, highlighting his passion for the company, our employees and clients.

  • Danna Sigal

    Principal

    “I went to college to become a Renaissance woman, not an architect, designer or business leader. So learning about my clients and their businesses, what makes them tick, how they delight customers and how they change the world, that’s what thrills me.”

    Danna builds and inspires teams to deliver value-driven design solutions, fueled by over 20 years of commercial, hospitality, institutional and residential experience. Integrating lessons from her entrepreneurial practice and corporate design experiences, she brings her unique business savvy to clients and colleagues. Danna holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and Master of Architecture from Yale University and is an award-winning, tree-hugging, dance-loving Licensed Architect and LEED BD+C accredited professional.

  • Anne Algaze

    Principal, Managing Director - Irvine

    "Architecture has always been in my blood. From the moment I could hold a pen, I was drawing and it still holds true today. Simply put: I love what I do."

    As Principal and Managing Director of the Irvine Office, Anne is a highly valued resource for clients throughout southern California and has become known as an expert in owner and occupier representation. Anne's extensive expertise in the commercial real estate industry enables her to provide savvy business-driven solutions for our clients. Her deep-rooted industry knowledge, paired with her charismatic personality, team-player mentality, and focus on solutions enables her to be a dependable leader who gets the job done with strength and efficiency.

  • Rick Shlemmer

    Principal - Studio

    "My philosophy is derived from a desire to identify and resolve core business issues with a personal approach to design."

    A Southern California native, Rick draws on 20 years of experience as an architectural business owner. He oversees complex Studio projects, as well as internally works with our Studio team to explore ways of building a deeper understanding of project requirements. As an artist as well as an interior designer, he has created world-class interior projects for landlords, building owners, corporate offices, high-end residences, retail stores and hotels. Rick's design solutions reflect a strong sense of function and creativity.

  • Chris Messina

    Director of IT

    “As a CISSP you probably know of ACLs that can help prevent DDoS attacks. An MCSE is usually very adept at AD DS configuration. And your favorite CWNP certainly understands the ramifications of BYOD. Technically speaking of course."

    The list of acronyms in the IT world is ever expanding with no end in sight.  And the number of certifications you can obtain once you understand the meanings of those acronyms is almost as large.  I’ll gladly admit that knowledge is power but keeping up with this industry is rather daunting if you ask me.  So my strategy has always been to fine tune my ability to adapt to the uncontrollable change and do my best to decrypt these concepts so they apply to our business.  My role is to implement technology that makes a profound impact on our competitive advantage.”  

  • Cailey Marcarelli

    Director of Marketing

    “People should never feel like they are being marketed to. It should be natural, subtle and something they look back at, realize and go ‘wow, what a great idea’. Measuring our success is not about website hits, number of followers or analytics. It’s about being a company that understands the function of our business. One that creates an environment and product that we’re smart about, invested in, people care about and also want to be a part of."

    Bringing a non-traditional approach to the position, Cailey pushes the envelope when it comes to Marketing implementation. Her background and experience with film and production design gives her an appreciation for movement in materials and evoking an emotional responses with our clients. With a passion for process and organization, she incorporates this structure into the strategic thinking necessary to keep up with the ever changing market. 

  • Mike Takaki

    CFO

    “I believe in the value of relationships. I view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of their success.”

    Mike’s individual attention to each of our Practice Area’s process has created an ease of use for our clients when it comes to the financial components of each project. His strategic thinking about constantly improving customer satisfaction and personal assistance comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. He is also an avid and very experienced fisherman and we believe this interest has attributed to his calm and approachable demeanor in all situations.

  • Dave Alpert

    Managing Director - San Francisco

    "Everyone has more capacity than they think they do."

    Successfully applying his MBA training and owner-side experience to serve our clients, Dave is continuing to build our San Francisco office into a platform that delivers high-quality projects in all of our project arenas. Feeling like the profession chose him, Dave wanted to be an architect from his childhood growing up in San Francisco. He has immeasurably contributed to the field by organizing a large professional network in the Bay Area. This network is based largely on the Expotitions business-design roundtable which he founded in 1998 and has co-directed ever since that time. The group has engaged more than 500 leaders from more than 250 businesses and organizations in more than 100 events, facilitating open knowledge-sharing and brainstorming on topics which are of critical professional interest to participants. This innovation and collaborative approach is seen in all that Dave touches. He delivers educated and unique solutions with his office, colleagues and clients. And, embracing the San Francisco culture and his love for the city, Dave rides his inline skates to work every day.

  • Tom Haggerty

    Managing Director - New Jersey and New York

    "Curiosity is the key for me. Learning about the client and their business compliments the design process. When decisions are made with the correct point of view, the overall project gets better."

    Responsible for our east coast offices, Tom takes a hands-on approach with both SAA’s staff and projects. With a background in construction management, in house facilities and design, Tom assesses projects from several viewpoints. This exposure allows him to become completely immersed in the process and work with a sense of ownership, developing an understanding of what it is that each client does so he can apply his versatile skills to better each task. Tom’s combination of warmth, humor and intelligence lets him lead by example and he quickly becomes a trusted resource to our staff and clients.