It pleases me to say you exceeded the creativity and beauty Ada and I expected for our project. In fact, even though we worked hard and had a lot of help from you and Becky in trying to visualize how it would turn out, what you created for us was more beautiful and pleasing in so many ways than we expected.

Also, the budget worked out fine even though the plans were sophisticated and the project demanding.

We would do it again with you if you would have us.

Leonard Sands


My wife Cathy Rigby and I took seriously the recommendation from our General Contractor to use Mark and Becky at Crux Studio to design our brand new 10,000 square foot Conservatory for the Arts in Yorba Linda California. We could not have been more thrilled with the results. Mark and Becky were thorough, professional, artistic, and kept us fully informed every step of the way of through the process. We will never use anyone else, and we can not recommend them highly enough.


Tom & Cathy McCoy
McCoy Rigby Entertainment

Crux Studio designed both of our residential projects, a bedroom addition and a kitchen remodel, for one reason: flawless attention to detail. They are sensitive to the era and style of the homes they work with, and understand how to incorporate period details in to updated rooms. They are great in assisting clients in the planning process, and do an excellent job of ensuring that the contractors' work is well done and to proper specifications. Mark and Becky are extremely easy to work with, and always produce work in a timely manner. We wouldn't think of hiring anyone else!

Pam and Russ Thyret
Pasadena, CA

Crux Studio is "Second to None!" Mark & Becky are "Dream Makers." Their vision, talent, patience, and care... created amazing spaces for my family and me. Everyday I rise and Thank God... and then Mark & Becky. They are truly gifted artists... and exceptional people.

Mark, feel free to edit or discard if it doesn't work for you and Becky. But please know that I mean every word.

Chief Executive


Working with Becky and Mark was a pleasure start to finish. They understood our home, our needs, and our budget. They were invaluable through the permitting process and with the Historical Commission. The built in china closet that Becky originally sketched on the back of a napkin is a focal point in our bright, calm, inviting kitchen and the envy of our friends. My dad is completely comfortable in his master suite: now with its balance of privacy and access to the family and outdoors and into the future with the accessibility features that will accommodate his aging. Becky and Mark’s respect for the original architecture inside and out makes the addition seem like it’s always been there and they were able to incorporate salvaged elements. We were also glad we followed their recommendation of Behr Construction Company. The Crux-Behr team made our addition and kitchen remodel a pleasure—process as well as finished product. We’ve already had the pleasure of recommending them to our neighbors for a similar project.

Karen Bading

To those seeking excellent Architectural and Design Services:
J. L. Moseley Company had the rare good fortune to work with Crux Studio from late 2008 and continuing throughout all of 2009 and early 2010 on an adaptive reuse project here in Pasadena. Our goal was to take an 80s era commercial block building, and transform it into a modern sustainably built office building using LEED standards and benchmarks. Since the building had not been modified since its original construction, Crux Studio played a pivotal role in the transformation.
What Mark and Becky Smeaton brought to the project was:

  1. Design – Crux dedicated much time to the research and sharing of all things sustainable in regard to building construction. Crux provided great materials guidance and prepared alternate choices for budgetary and other concerns.
  2. Collaborative Input – Mark and Becky did not perform as a conventional Architectural and Design firm using our previous experience with the same. They were open to ideas, input and problem solving from the owner, manager and other key players within the consultation roster.  They performed a myriad of follow-up and exploratory efforts to insure the quality of the build.
  3. Hands-On Service – Throughout the course of the entire project, we received regular and extensive site service to keep everything on track. Becky and Mark invested countless hours in guiding the General Contractor and answering questions from sub-contractors. Additionally, whenever a problem presented itself, they were onsite following and advising regarding that issue.

From our experience with Crux Studio we would heartily recommend their services, especially for “green”, sustainably built, and adaptive reuse projects. Our project met the timeline, budget, and goals we sought including a Platinum Level equivalency if the project had been chosen for certification. If you should require further information, we would readily accept any communications or requests in any form.


Jayson Goosey, Vice President
J.L.Moseley Company Inc.

Pasadena, CA

To Whom It May Concern:

I want you to know how happy we are with the quality of the work and the professionalism that both Mark and Becky are providing on the Senior Housing project. They have come up with an excellent design for the project which provides good circulation and well placed indoor and outdoor common areas and a quality environment for the seniors. They have taken advantage of unusual conditions at the site and have been responsive to our requirements and those of the city and the Senior Housing Committee.

Their design has been extremely well received by the City Staff and the community at large. All the presentation materials were extremely well done and very impressive. My father and I made a point of telling Mark and Becky in front of the entire committee their presentation was the best we have ever had by any architect we have used. We look forward to the great success of this project.

Very Truly Yours,

Gary Braverman
Foundation for Quality Housing Opportunities, Inc.

Idealab worked with Crux Studio to revamp the lighting in our 15 year old dark, under-lit space. We got eco-friendly lighting that completely changed the mood in our building and helped our employees work longer hours and feel happier about it. It was a pleasure to work with Mark and Becky.

Marcia Goodstein
President, Chief Operating Officer
Pasadena, CA