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Steve Shackelton / President

Stephen Shackelton Born in Pleasanton, California Stephen grew up experiencing the natural beauty and romance of California and will be forever drawn to the coastline. After attending College at Cal Poly Stephen began a intense 9 year working apprenticeship with L. Charles Stevens in Hawaii. This relationship was a learn by doing education and a study in modern design principles and practice. The work during this period is best exemplified in the Parton Residence. This extraordinary home was in the movie “Throw Mama from the Train”. In 1981 Shackelton Design Group was established and over the next eight years numerous successful projects were designed and built mostly on the island of Kauai. Stephen earned a reputation for creating beautiful, quality, efficient buildings and interiors. Stephen was acknowledged for the unbelievable success of his structures standing up against Hawaii’s Hurricane Iwa and then again against Hurricane Iniki. In 1989 Stephen put his practice on hold to join the world famous, Frank Lloyd Wright Architects. He worked closely with several architects who were trained directly by Frank Lloyd Wright. With the masters of organic architecture, Stephen worked on land planning & development, custom homes, office buildings and resort hotels including the Biltmore Hotel renovation in Phoenix, Arizona. Stephen reopened his practice, Shackelton Design Group in 1992 in San Diego, California and is currently providing design and planning services. With over 25 years of professional experience, the success of Shackelton Design Group has grown from the search and satisfaction of providing unique solutions to each client’s individual needs and desires.

Ryan McDonald / Project Manager

Ryan McDonald born on Long Island, New York, Ryan's passion for architecture and design began at an early age playing with legos and lincoln logs as a child. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and Construction Management, Ryan's journey brought him to Southern California. Ryan's career has led him to work on various types of projects from new construction custom homes and remodels to commercial tenant improvements, site plans and landscape design. Ryan's 3D modeling skills helps create visual images for clients to conceptualize their dream project.

Shackelton Design Group is a full service professional design office providing comprehensive and creative planning, building design, interior concepts and construction consulting for diverse project types for over 25 years. Grounded in modern tradition and a fundamental concern for the environment we provide an artful, strategic approach always with our clients best interests in mind.

 About Us 

Chris Peña / Job Captain

Chris Peña born in Encinitas, California, Chris's design background stems from his passion for the arts and fascination of the environment we live in. After attending Cal Poly as an Architecture major, he was drawn back home to the coastal California lifestyle. Chris's career is just beginning and has been developing & improving his skills in design, 3D modeling, and rendering. In addition to working here, he is also an accomplished artist, and hopes to combine his love of art and design in future endeavors.

Shackelton Design Group is composed of our principle Architectural team, as well as local Engineers, Developers and Builders. This diverse group allows us to complete a wide variety of projects, from small ADU's & remodels, to large multi-family developments.

Structural Engineering

  • Qualls Engineering

  • HTK Structural Engineers

  • Serhat Sergin Engineering

Civil Engineering

  • Pasco Laret Suiter & Associates

  • Coastal Land Solutions

Mechanical Engineering

  • MEP Pro

Developers & Builders

  • Rincon

  • Dickinson Cameron