Frank X Medrano
Born and raised in Chicago, Frank X. Medrano was influenced from an early age by the city’s historically significant architecture and art museums. He developed a dedicated passion for design that would eventually lead him to earn a Bachelor of Architecture from Lawrence Tech University in Southfield, Michigan and a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, California.
Frank began his career in the offices of noted architects Frank Israel, Michael Maltzan and Frank Gehry. In 2000, Medrano began work as a Senior Designer at KWID with famed Interior Designer Kelly Wearstler. While at KWID, Medrano played a significant role in the company’s massive success on projects such as the Viceroy Santa Monica and Palm Springs Hotels; the High Roller Suite and Body English Nightclub in the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, as well as several retail boutiques, office spaces and private residences.
In 2005 Frank started work on several solo projects including; the Avalon Hollywood’s Lobby & Honey Restaurant, Brannon Hair Salon at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, and the restoration of a John Lautner residence. The following year Medrano formed Franklin Studios with notable projects including Tengu Restaurant, Abode Restaurant, Foxtail Bar & Lounge, and the Deuce Lounge at Aria, Las Vegas. In 2009 Frank was contracted by world renowned interior design firm HBA Los Angeles to design and project manage a mix of luxury international hotels and private villas. In 2013 Frank reformed under the identity FAI Frank Associates International.
Frank’s projects have been featured in a variety of publications including Vanity Fair, Space Magazine, Angeleno, Details Magazine, Hospitality Design Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Elle Décor, Item Magazine, Wallpaper. In addition, Frank was chosen as a recipient of Hospitality Design Magazine’s “Wave of the Future” award in 2008.