KS Design Studio






Kristine Smith, founder of Kristine Smith Design Studio, has a career that spans over 25 years in hospitality design.  Prior to forming KSDS over 20 years ago, she worked with Hirsch-Bedner & Associates in Santa Monica and Dale Keller & Associates in San Francisco.


Kristine has designed for several Hyatt properties, the San Diego Princess Resort (now Paradise Point Resort), the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.  She has served as the Principle Designer for Evans Hotels, owners of The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa and the Bahia Resort Hotel, for over 20 years. In recent years, her firm completed the interior design for The Lodge at Torrey Pines Resort and Spa in La Jolla, a five year project which has received international acclaim and numerous awards. 

Also to her credit is The Catamaran Spa at The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, a 9,000 square foot full service spa, salon and fitness center, along with several projects for Walt Disney Imagineering in Anaheim, California.  The Disney projects include the expansion of the Grand Californian Hotel (time share units and guest rooms), renovation of the existing guest rooms, VIP Suites and Concierge Lounge.  Followed by the renovation of the 1,000 room Disneyland Hotel as well as two themed VIP Suites and Lobby spaces. She has also worked on numerous senior living facilities.


Recent & Current PROJECTS


Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

  • Soft goods renovation / 2009
  • Expansion (time share units and guest rooms) / 2010
  • Complete redesign of approximately 1,000 rooms & suites / 2015-2018
  • Renovation of Hearthstone Lounge / 2016
  • Complete redesign & re-theme of Concierge Lounge / 2017
  • Refresh of Lobby  / 2017
  • Refresh of Convention Center Common Area / 2017 

El Cordova Hotel

  • Renovation of 47 unique boutique guest rooms and suites / 2017-2018


Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

  • Addition of Lava Java - grab & go feature in lobby / 2017
  • Redesign of public restrooms on lobby level / 2017

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Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club

  • Renovation of existing dining room, bar & meeting spaces / 2018

Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

  • Complete redesign and renovation of tower, including guest rooms, suites & common areas / 2018-2020