Design Agency Co is a boutique public relations firm specializing in strategy, communications & social engagement. 

We work with architecture, design, lifestyle and artisanal brands to strengthen and advance their reputation and industry standing through strategic marketing, media relations, and social engagement initiatives. We blend extensive knowledge of the practice of design with established industry connections to successfully guide our clients in all areas of promotion and advocacy.

Erin Cullerton

Erin Cullerton

Founder + Chief Strategist

Erin has been helping creative brands successfully expand their marketplace visibility for nearly two decades. As the former Deputy Director and Director of Communications for the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco, Erin leverages extensive knowledge of the practice of design with established industry connections, deep media savvy, and proven best practices to position our clients for exposure to the right audience at the right time.

Through the years, Erin has launched numerous community engagement initiatives, including the successful Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s first month-long design festival, and most recently the Making LA conference. She has consulted on several national festivals, and garnered support for her efforts from the National Endowment for the Arts, Graham Foundation, and LEF Foundation. As a former journalist, her writing on design and culture has appeared in ARTnews, Metropolis, ReadyMade, Surface, Time Out London, and Wired, and she is the editor of the publications Contemporary Prefab Houses and Young Architects Americas.

Erin sits on the editorial advisory board of The Architect’s Newspaper and is a co-host of Design East of La Brea (or de LaB), an educational design nonprofit that has been known to throw some of the “best offbeat design experiences” in Los Angeles. She is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco.

Erin’s favorite design object is the Petit Trianon light by Dutch designer Paula Arntzen, which she loves for its ingenious egg-like shape (made from paper, no less), and because it provides an opportunity for the eye to eat too.

Kate Treen

Kate Treen

Communications Associate

Kate brings a strong background in public relations with a great deal of strategic and innovative thinking to Design Agency Co. She previously worked for one of LA’s top furniture showrooms where she developed a keen sense for the high-end furniture and design world. A devoted LA native, she constantly follows new trends and is passionate about the city’s future. She has worked on two political campaigns including the California State Senate and San Jose Mayoral race. Kate graduated from San Jose State University where she double-majored in public relations and political science.

Kate’s favorite designer is the contemporary architect, Frank Gehry, who resists conventional ideas and transforms each project into an unanticipated materialization. 

 

Franny Pamoukian

Franny Pamoukian

Spring Associate

Passionate about the arts and urban culture, Franny is also a researcher extraordinaire who helps us uncover the latest and greatest opportunities for our clients. Prior to joining Design Agency Co, Franny served as the President and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Media and as the Marketing Director of Art Awake – a community-wide art gala. She recently graduated from the University of Rochester, NY with a dual degree in Business and Psychology and a minor in Studio Arts.

Franny’s favorite designer is Zaha Hadid, whose style was both unconventional and instantaneously recognizable. During her lifetime, Hadid consistently pushed boundaries in an industry run by men and by defying the standards of what buildings should look like. 

Photography by Pierre-Olivier Photography.