Christopher Barriscale is the architect and designer behind numerous award-winning environments for brands like Baccarat, Charles Jourdan, Henri Bendel, Kieselstein-Cord, Mercedes-Benz and Wolford. After a 10-year hiatus from his own firm, he re-established Barriscale Design Studio in 2007 and since then has built a solid reputation for luxury and large-scale retail environments with clients including Shinsegae Department Stores (Korea), Hong Kong Charter group (China) and Edit Fashion (New York). As a leader in the design industry he has been partner and managing director at RYA Design Consultancy in San Francisco (now part of Callison); president of Fitch, San Francisco; and creative director and managing principal of FRCH Design Worldwide, leading their New York office of 60+ people. He was also a vice president of store design and architecture for DFS Group, the world's largest travel retailer and a division of LVMH. In his 25-year career Christopher's work, design vision and industry perspective have been recognized in publications from Architectural Record, Elle Decor, Interior Design, New Yorker, the New York Times, VM+SD magazine and Vogue, to W.

Barriscale Design Studio has an accomplished team of design professionals based in the studio's Sausalito hub. Meet key members of the team.

Caryn brings comprehensive experience of the entire retail design process with skills from brand strategy, conceptual design, merchandise planning and design development to custom fixture design. Her broad creative exposure comes from working with some of the top firms in the industry, earning recognition for outstanding work in retail and hospitality design from WPP, SADI, Chain Store Age and VM+SD. Her clients include Anchor Brewing, Boeing, Banco Itau (Brazil), Borders, Caribou Coffee, EDIT, Hard Rock Cafe, Karstadt, Kid Robot, L.A.M.B, Levi's, Macy's, Royal Avenue, Shinsegae, Timberland, Universal Studios, Yum! Brands and Virgin America.


Steve is a seasoned AutoCAD professional, with over 10 years' experience in interior planning and design. Steve honed his production skills while a store planner at Macy's where he produced documentation for construction projects, managed CAD software, and analyzed store plan data. He also managed the design/build process on several multi-phased renovation projects, and developed a vendor's new shop design that rolled out in 9 stores. As a senior store planner at Filene's & Kaufmann's, Steve introduced drawing protocols that reduced errors and created a new approach to design and production.


Barriscale has appointed Hann Mao as Project Designer. He will focus initially on projects with Parkson, a department store group with stores in multiple Asian markets, and will expand the team's capability in emerging markets, particularly in China. Previously, Hann was based in Shanghai where he held a number of project management roles in large-scale commercial projects, urban planning and hospitality projects for Atelier Frederic Rolland, France. Hann is a graduate of the New School of Architecture and Design and the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is working towards LEED certification and architectural licensing.


Bob is a senior technical architect with decades of hands-on professional experience and over two hundred building projects behind him. Bob's technical savvy and creative insight provide superb translation of creative vision into clear, concise design development and construction documents. A leader in his field, Bob worked with the legendary Paul Rudolph, a Yale Dean of Art and Architecture, and held senior roles with Conklin Rossant Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners in New York, leading the technical documentation for the Hermes and Prada flagship stores on Madison Avenue, the renovation of Grand Central Station, and the Henri Bendel flagship store on Fifth Avenue.


Brian brings over 30 years of extensive, award-winning experience in the creative retail fields of visual merchandising, store planning and store design. He has consulted with notable brands and retailers including Saks 5th Avenue, Ralph Pucci International, Marc Ecko Enterprises and BDBG Max Azria. Brian spent the majority of his career on the client side, and consequently brings a unique understanding of the operational challenges that are critical -- but not always fully considered -- in every retail solution. These valuable insights into the client experience help broaden the firm's perspective.


Kian provides creative leadership in visual design concept development and implementation for a wide variety of project types. His areas of expertise include identity systems, brand communications, environmental graphics, in-store graphic communications, packaging, interactive Web design and motion graphics. While a Creative Director at Fitch, Kian's identity and brand communications work was widely praised in publications including Communication Arts, Graphic Design USA, Creativity, Print, How Design and VM+SD magazines. Clients include Levi's, American Rag, Drapers & Damons and Macy's Charter Club.


Heather has worked in business development and marketing communications for several top creative companies in the UK and US, including Fitch, HMKM, Leonardt:Fitch, Odopod, Primo Angeli, Wolff Olins and Ammunition. Her exposure to the spectrum of design services has given her a rare appreciation for the big brand picture as well as project-by-project solutions, be it creating a website, flagship store, consumer product or an entirely new brand. Consequently, she brings a deep understanding of the impact good design can have on business success, and how design influences people's experience of a brand at all touch points.