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Our Expertise

About Paolo Scardina


Paolo Scardina, award winning residential designer, brings nearly four decades of experience to the practice of building design and interior design.  He artfully integrates these two disciplines so your home will work for you inside and out.  He thinks of residential design as "a blending of art and science for the sake of a quality lifestyle".  With a keen sense of listening, he discovers how to give each client a home that truly fits the how they want to live.


After nearly 700 projects large and small, he guides his clients through each phase of design helping them make all the important decisions about flow, function, character, style, building materials and products.  He is mindful of the cost of construction and coaches his clients accordingly.  He is masterful with 3D modeling and easily finds beautiful, inspiring designs to share with his clients.

Before starting his own practice in 1990, he served as the director of interior design for eight years with Ostgren Associates in San Francisco, California.  He began there as a low-paid librarian and advanced to the position of “Director of Projects”.  When the opportunity to start his own practice was presented in Portland, OR, he leaped forward as an entrepreneur!

Mr. Scardina's qualifications include the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) as a professional interior designer.  He also holds a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from Western Design Institute, San Francisco, California; a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University, Kent Ohio; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio.  He is also a professional member in good standing and past president of the (1998-1999) Oregon Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Our Guiding Principles


At Sustainable Sedona, we are guided by a set of core principles that define our approach to design and construction in Sedona, Arizona:

  • Design Excellence: We strive for beauty and inspiration in every project.

  • Timeless Design: Our designs are both classic and innovative, standing the test of time.

  • Flow and Function: We prioritize functionality and seamless flow throughout our designs.

  • Age-in-place Design: Our spaces are designed to adapt to your changing needs over time.

  • Sustainability: We are committed to eco-friendly practices and materials.

  • Cost Awareness: We balance aesthetics and function while respecting your budget.

  • Customer Care and Satisfaction: Your satisfaction is our top priority, from concept to completion.

You will find us located in the inspiring high desert region of Sedona AZ creating sustainable territorial dwellings that respect the land and people of the region. 


Your home will have a clean, unique southwest feel, filled with timeless natural beauty, inspiration, flow and function.


The interior will connect with the outdoors, be filled with natural light, live big, and be accessible for you and your family.

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