Studio AR&D Architects is an innovative Architecture, Design & Construction firm with offices based out of two locations: Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California. Our firm was founded on the belief that architecture has the capacity to help shape one’s experience. Our projects, big or small, public or private, high-end or low-income, all engage the public in a meaningful, poetic way and leave a lasting impression.

Disney chose our Schnabel house and property, to become the setting for their dramatic video, which launches their new Star Wars “Sphero” droids. Once they saw the landscape and architecture they knew it was the perfect environment to bridge the worlds of fantasy and today’s technology.


For us, the project was certainly more about the site, the views, the nature and the family-retreat concept than it was about building a spectacular home, Schnabel said. Although Sean made sure we ended up with that too.

Schnabel Family Retreat