Daniel R. Shapero RA

Daniel R. Shapero RA

San Diego, CA, US

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My motivation to study architecture and work in the design community stems from a desire to utilize my creative talent in a way which can simultaneously add value for clients and positively affect society.  It is important for me to create works that positively touch the lives of the people it serves. 

My professional career has focused on the design and branding of Mixed-use, Retail, and Hospitality enviornments for clients / employers such as:

Bath and Body works, Bugle Boy, Burdines, Burgdorf Goodman, Co. Bigelow, Developers Diversified Realty, Easy Spirit, Express, Guess?, Hagar, Henri Bendel, Jockey, Key Bank, Laura Ashley, Lazarus, Levis, Limited, Macy’s, Marriott, Marui Co. Ltd., Mc Donald’s, Melt Gelato Italiano, Menchies, Mephistoe, Mitsubishi Motors, Net Dragon, Nickelodeon, Pablo’s Cantina, Pottery Barn, Rampage, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Starbucks, The Disney Stores Inc., The J. Paul Getty Trust, The Peterson Automotive Museum, The Ritz Carlton, The Sharper Image, The Walking Co., Viacom Entertainment, Victoria’s Secret, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Warner Brothers, Washington Mutual, Williams – Sonoma, Wetzel’s Pretzels


LYO Design, Beijing, CN, Design Director

Manage client contact and presentation
Lead new and existing architectural and interior projects from Ideation through concept design and documentation.

Apr 2015 - current

Daniel R. Shapero Architect, Los Angeles, Ca., owner

Business development client management of Mixed-Use Commercial, Retail, QSR, and Hospitality projects
Concept presentation documentation, and project administration
Coordination with all client and DSA retrained consultants

Jan 2009 - current

GLMV Architecture, Wichita, KS, US, National Accounts Manager

Manage existing QSR clients.
Lead projects through entitlement design documentation, submittals and construction.
Provide surveys and reports for ADA compliance

May 2014 - Apr 2015

Jack in the Box, San Diego, CA, US, Design Manager

Lead design of new restaurant concepts
Manage façade, interior and LED lighting programs.
Presentation and Creation of 3D materials for concept review by corporate partners
Development and maintenance of building component and animation library
Design and construction document management, coordination of equipment purchasing, vendors and consultants.

Jan 2012 - May 2014

MCG Architecture, Pasadena, CA, US, Director of Design MCG Pasadena Office

Manage business development and client contact
Develop proposals, budgets, manage project staffing and client invoicing.
Lead design role of new mixed-use, retail, and hospitality projects.
Guide projects through entitlement, design and documentation
Coordination of vendors and consultants.
Staff reviews, mentoring and development.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2009

Limited Brands, Columbus, OH, US, Design Manager, Victoria’s Secret Stores / Victoria’s Secret Beauty

Presentation to corporate and brand management
Liaison between prototype and roll out teams
Lead design role on Victoria’s Secret and Victoria’s Secret Beauty store development
Coordination between brand partners and project consultants
Manage tenant coordination and approvals
Establishment of brand standards and guidelines for development

Jan 1999 - Jan 2005

Federated Department Stores, Cincinnati, OH, US, Design Manager, Macy's West Division

Lead design of new and existing store projects.
Presentation to corporate and division brand management.
Coordination with brand partners, project consultants and vendors

Jan 1997 - Jan 1999

FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, OH, Senior Designer, Specialty Retail Studio

Client presentations of prototype retail projects
Lead design role of specialty retail and architectural projects

Notable projects: Viacom, Mitsubishi Motors of America, Bugle Boy International, Hagar, Key Bank, Jockey International Inc.

Jan 1995 - Jan 1997

JT Nakaoka Associates Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior Designer

Design, documentation and presentation of prototype retail stores;
Coordination with vendors and contractors.

Notable projects: Guess, Warner Brothers, Rampage and Friends, The Sharper Image, The J Paul Getty Trust, Mephistoe.

Jan 1993 - Jan 1995

Feola Deenihan Archuleta Architects, Glendale, CA, US, Designer

Concept design and design development of retail and mixed use projects
Management of vendors and materials library

Notable projects: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Hold Everything, Laura Ashley, Guess, The Disney Stores Inc.

Jan 1989 - Jan 1993

RTKL Associates Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

Design of mixed-use centers
Urban planning for the city of San Jose, Ca.

Jan 1988 - Jan 1989


University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, BArch, Architecture

The University of Oregon
1986 - Bachelor of Architecture; Minor of Economics

Jun 1982 - Jun 1986


2001 NASFM, “New or remodeled specialty store over 25,000 feet”, 1st Place

2001 NASFM, “New or remodeled specialty store over 25,000 feet”
Macy’s Home store, Crystal Court, Costa Mesa, Ca.


2000 VMSD, “Home Store of the Year”, 1st Place

2000 VMSD, “Home Store of the Year”
Macy’s Home store, Crystal Court, Costa Mesa, Ca.


1997 Chain Store Age Magazine, “Best Entertainment Store”, 1st Place

1997 Chain Store Age Magazine, “Best Entertainment Store”
Viacom Entertainment store, Chicago Ill.


1995 VMSD, “Store of the Year”, 1st Place

1995 VMSD, “Store of the Year”
Rampage Clothing Co., Beverly Center Los Angeles


1992 The Disney Store Competition, 1st Place

1992 The Disney Store Competition
1992 prototype retail store


Areas of Specialization