We had an amazing team who helped us stay on track through a very challenging project, and valued me as an equal participant in the process. They care a great deal about doing things right and I trust them completely.
— Ana, Client

Andrew McHale

Founder

I have dedicated my career to the craft and process of fine building—the love of which I’ve instilled in Design Line’s approach to projects.

My years of field experience keep me focused on the quality of our work and motivate me to be in constant pursuit of the best way to build projects efficiently and effectively—to exceed the standards of our clients and colleagues.

I began my career in England, where I completed a City & Guilds Apprenticeship followed by accreditations in construction, drafting and engineering. Upon relocating to New York I worked in the field on high-end residences in Manhattan, Westchester County and Connecticut.

Balancing the big picture of each project’s trajectory with a knowledge of its detailing and site conditions, I am always happy to make myself available to brainstorm, share knowledge, advise and help.

With a deep appreciation for architects and great design, I enjoy finding a rapport with each project partner that enables us to draw on each other’s strengths and knowledge to realize our clients’ visions. Together we solve build-ability challenges and revel in executing details, remaining cognizant of cost in relation to design and site complexities.

On the job site I am able to offer clear responses and ready project information in the moment, providing leadership that keeps the project’s critical path on track while double-checking the details. I’m serious about our role, confident of our team’s skill, and proud of the work we do.

Dan Wolf

Projects | Business

For me the beauty of construction is in the journey, with a focus on process and people.

Strong, trusted relationships are at the center of my work at Design Line and, I believe, are the key to successful projects. I work hard to form enduring connections with clients, architects, designers, subcontractors and consultants, and to enrich the experience through supportive teamwork distinguished by integrity, fairness and open communications.

From an early age I developed a love of art and architecture and pursued the latter as my career. But in 2007 I took a job in construction and discovered a passion for building…and haven’t looked back since.

My architecture background gives me a holistic perspective on meeting the challenges of planning and executing complex projects, with sensitivity to the architect’s vision and a deep understanding for how to meet the highest design intent.

At the start of projects I find it indispensible to establish a road map that has the capacity to evolve as the project evolves—to keep the big picture in mind as we navigate the myriad details that come with crafting exceptional buildings.

My disciplined approach and rigor relies on a set of tools and systems that I’ve honed over the years, helping me organize and track vital information and enabling us to execute in a clear, step-by-step way.

Naoto De Silva

Controller

As a natural born lover of data—with a healthy obsession for logistics—I am always striving for efficiency, transparency and process improvements in my role as the fiscal officer and fiduciary for Design Line.

I lead Finance with my head and Human Resources with my heart, and take pride in ensuring our employees and clients are taken care of by providing the highest level of service in these areas. 

Always mindful of the big picture and how my work shapes the company, I work closely with my trusted team to ensure DLC’s financial well-being and to deliver accurate information in service to those around me.

Previous to joining the Design Line team I spent many years working with small, scrappy, start- up companies building out accounting infrastructure, building teams and creating transparency for Boards, donors, investors and owners. Among my favorite projects were helping to scale a non-profit solar venture, ands working with a dynamic group to create sustainable wage jobs for workers in underdeveloped parts of the world.

Away from work I am deeply connected to the San Francisco golf community, currently acting as President for the Lincoln Park Golf Club. I am also the head coach of a local high school golf team—devoting my passion for the game to help kids develop positive life skills through golf.

Julian Miller

Senior Project Manager

Construction management draws on all my creative skills, inspiring me to look outside the box and identify strategies and pathways for assembling each puzzle in a way that’s relevant to the specific project. I love being on site and seeing a project evolve and come together on a daily basis.

The essence of my role is to look for the best way to accommodate and honor the client’s vision as it evolves along with the construction process, while meeting the associated timeline and budget. Design Line is very organized and process- oriented—using technology and cloud- based tools to provide the projections and reports that keep things running smoothly and help the client’s team manage their goals.

Earning a degree in architecture laid the foundation for this creativity—helping me to connect with the architect’s design vision and translate it into the stages of creating a building. In tandem with my studies I was gaining skills in ingenuity and problem-solving as a carpenter framing houses.

Before moving to the West Coast I worked with a custom homebuilder on the East Coast. Prior to that I managed nationwide commercial construction projects—from large labs and science buildings, to sophisticated TI office build-outs, to high- end multi-family housing.

Lisa Boucher

Senior Project Manager

Building someone’s home is a highly individualized, collaborative endeavor, and I take my role in managing the details of each residence seriously.

I’ve found that listening is the key to successful project delivery, beginning with listening to the client’s vision for the experience ahead. From this foundation I’m able to tailor a course that addresses their specific goals, and to illuminate the construction process appropriately as we go.

Though I’ve been shepherding high-end residential projects of all scales and complexities since 2001 I still look forward to learning from the unique design demands and parameters of each new project.

I enjoy immersing myself in the particular opportunities and challenges they pose, and forming close partnerships with the clients’ teams and my counterparts on the job sites.

This well-rounded outlook enables me to establish clear understandings, and to negotiate the varied perspectives of subcontractors, consultants and vendors with equanimity—to keep things on an even keel and moving forward.

The high level of transparency and efficient, communicative nature of Design Line supports this—ensuring that everyone involved has the information needed to make decisions and fulfill their roles.

Michael Muzzatti

Lead Estimator

I love the process of building a job on paper. Interacting and working together with our project partners—architects, engineers, consultants and subcontractors—is another aspect of estimating that I really enjoy, as we strategize the best way for bringing a project to life.

This early stage of inquiry, clarification and team building is at the root of what preconstruction brings to the table, and the immense value it adds to the project design and development process.

With over 20 years in the industry, my experience includes practice as a licensed architect, as well as hotel and residential high-rise construction project management, and landscape estimating. But looking back to the formative years of my career, my experience working in the trades was what first taught me the importance of looking for opportunities and addressing questions before things get too far down the line.

It’s important to be thorough, open, forthright and considerate of the client’s perspective in this work, and to take the time to explain project costs, fees and process. At Design Line there’s a strong culture of trust and transparency with our clients and collaborators, and everyone here is ready and willing to help with no hesitation.

Being a key part of DLC’s inspiring projects keeps me constantly engrossed and busy—with high design appeal, top designers and compelling construction challenges. It’s an exciting place to be.

Levi

Morale