About Us

Franco & Associates
Rafael Franco and Associates was founded in 1981 as a full service architectural, interiors and project management firm specializing in corporate administrative and technical facilities, schools and university buildings.  We are an architectural firm dedicated to design excellence, quality of service, and responsible development for our clients.  Over the years, we have been fortunate to earn the trust of our clients and to work with great individuals. Our projects are the end product of team work, the leadership of our clients, the work of our office, and construction by excellent contractors.

Our Philosophy: A Partnership

At Franco & Associates, our architects collaborate with engineers, construction companies, and other architects to provide exceptional service and deliver successful architecture to our clients.

Arthur Fernandez, President of Franco & Associates, Inc. has more than 25 years of architectural experience in commercial, multi-family residential, school project design and management. Since joining Franco & Associates in 1991, Arthur has directed all aspects of projects which include design development, specification writing, and construction administration. Arthur has developed a collaborative management approach that ensures that projects are successful in their objectives from pre-design through construction.  His span of project experience and expertise includes design and management of various LAUSD projects which include the Class Size Reduction Program and Technology & Modernization.  As a creative problem solver and a leader he has successfully completed over 15 school projects.  Arthur’s proactive community involvement and volunteer work has allowed him to develop and secure trusting relationships with school leaders. As an example he is currently working with Saint Ferdinand Parish School in developing a new state-of-the-art science and fine arts building for the campus.  He is not only involved with the design, but is working alongside academic communities to respond with great solutions to meet the administrative, student, and community needs.

Michele Stanghetti, Director of Design, has fifteen years of experience as an interior designer, space planner, project manager, and construction administrator.  Although she has spent most of her career in the designing aspect of projects, she further strengthened her skills in construction management as a project engineer for a general contractor.  This experience allowed her to embrace the ‘means and methods’ approach for future design programming.  Michele provides strategic planning and is successful in delivering the development of a project’s functionality, practicality, efficiency, and aesthetics in both tenant improvement and ground-up projects.  Michele provides an ethical service to the client, is committed to detail, and demonstrates tenacity for problem-solving. She is dedicated to completing projects on time and within the designated budget.

It is fascinating seeing a project that started only with a vision, a plan on paper, come alive through each phase…


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