The White Barn by Sam Deming

Last Month, The Venue Report released it's list of "90 Most Beautiful Barn Venues in the USA", and The White Barn in Edna Valley was voted #43! We are excited to share in celebrating this news with The White Barn and San Luis Obispo County.

With their cozy farmhouse located among pristine vineyards and farmland and a stunning white facade and accented doors for those jaw-dropping wedding photos, there is no shortage of beauty at this venue! 

West Coast Wine Regions by Sam Deming

The primarily Mediterranean climate of California has allowed the state to become a leading producer of wine both nationally and globally. Over 50 percent of all wine produced in the United States comes from Californian vineyards. Currently, California is home to approximately 4,000 wineries that occupy a variety of wine regions within the state.


The North Coast wine region encompasses the area north of the San Francisco Bay. Most notable are the Napa Valley and Sonoma County wine regions, whose total number of wineries equals nearly 900, almost one-quarter the total number of California's wineries. The North Coast wine region features a variety of wine grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and many more.


The Inland Valley of California, specifically the San Joaquin Valley, is rather famous for its outstanding agricultural production in general, not just its wine. The fertile soil and climate make the the region one of the leading agricultural areas in the world. The Inland Valley wine region stretches all the way from Shasta to Bakersfield. 


The Sierra Foothills are located further inland in California near Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. Wine production began in this region during the California Gold Rush. Today, over 200 wineries are located within the Sierra Foothills wine region.


Stretching from Monterey County down to Santa Barbara County, the Central Coast Wine Region occupies roughly 250 miles of the California coastline. These coastal wine areas are ideal for world-class production, due to the climate and the variety of topography and soils. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties dedicate over 90,000 acres of land to wine production.

Happy Birthday Rosana! by Sam Deming


One of our team member's birthdays is on Easter, so we had a combined celebration of both events. Rosana received a balloon, card and her favorite desert, red velvet cupcakes.

We then hopped right into an Easter egg hunt, coordinated by Sam, our amazing office administrator. Sam wrote out clues for each person that had us searching high and low for our treasures.

We love celebrating special events at Reiss Design Studio and look forward to many more holidays this year! 



Lori Lopez is Reiss Design Studio's newest architectural drafter, and will be heavily involved in all phases of project delivery—from pre-design through project close-out.  Lori is in her fourth year at Cal Poly. Her interest in sustainable design as well as creating affordable housing for families make her a valuable member of the RDS team. 

Lori was born in Rota, Spain and has spent time in Florida, New York, Colorado, and Washington. Lori and her husband have ultimately found their home on the California Coast. They love hiking and sampling the delicious foods the central coast has to offer. 

We are proud to welcome such a valued member to our team!

Locked Inn - Escape Room by Sam Deming

The Locked Inn was an amazing escape room experience! It was a great team building exercise working together to solve all of the clues. The owners have done an incredible job putting together a fun and creative atmosphere. They go above and beyond in their hospitality and have a great passion for what they do; it definitely does not go unnoticed. 

We will be back soon for another round of fun, laughter, and thinking outside of the box!

By the way, our team eventually escaped, but it took six extra minutes!


RDS's Most Recent Library Project Featured on Dave Congalton Show by Anne Bussone

Reiss Design Studio's most recent library project, the San Luis Obispo City Library, is featured on the Dave Congalton show. Listen here!

And below are a few progress shots from the construction! Looking forward to the Grand Re-Opening!

Reiss Design Studio Is Architect for SLO City/County Library Remodel! by Anne Bussone

Reiss Design Studio was chosen to be the architect for the San Luis Obispo City/County Library remodel project, which is currently under construction. The library will re-open to the public in early 2017.

The layout of the three-story library has been changed to create distinct activity areas on each level. The first floor will be the interaction "hub" and will include computer stations, meeting rooms, an automated book return (that will be able to be viewed "in-action"), and locations for programs to occur. The second floor is home to the main book collections, including new children and teen areas. The third floor will be the resource collections with areas for study/research.

The remodel adds more space for the children's collection, creates a new teen area, adds workstations and meeting rooms, and opens up the main entry atrium and existing mural to create a unique entry experience. Design features include bright colors for the children and teen areas, use of bold graphics, modern carpet tile patterns, and custom furniture, including interactive reader "pods."

We appreciate that libraries represent opportunities for everyone—a monument to civic engagement. It is our hope at Reiss Design Studio that the San Luis Obispo Library will become a premier example of how libraries are an integral core of a community. 

Brian Reynolds' interview on KCBX's Issues and Ideas radio program included Shana Reiss, Principal Architect; Chris Barnickel, Library Director; and Chase McMunn, Assistant Library Director. Listen here.

For more information on alternative branches to order materials from while the SLO City Library is closed, please refer to this Tribune article.