Owner and principal designer. Over 20 years of architecture and high-end kitchen design experience. Alison holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Inplace Studio.

Designing and installing distinctive kitchens for Southern California homeowners since 2000.

Alison Dorvillier leads a team of designers and craftsmen who bring each client’s dream kitchen to life. Trained as an architect, Alison’s keen eye for form and function gives each project the creative vision required to take it from concept to completion. Alison founded the company on the principles of design innovation, interior beauty, and precision installation. Inplace Studio lives by these values today.

Inplace Studio has won numerous awards and accolades for its distinctive designs, including the coveted Kitchen of the Year award in 2013. Inplace Studio is the exclusive Southern California provider of the finest kitchen cabinetry in the world, including SieMatic, Wood-Mode and Neff, among others. A sort of kitchen whisperer, Alison evaluates an existing space, conducts a discovery process during which she learns the family’s kitchen wishes, considers the placement of existing walls and other barriers, then creates its most beautiful and functional design. It seems walls do talk — to those who can hear!




Andy is Inplace Studio’s certified installer. He brings over 20 years of experience in fine carpentry and cabinet making. Andy holds in degree in wooden boat building.


Project Manager

BFA Interior Design
San Diego State University

Task: Design Collaboration, Drafting, Cabinetry Pricing, Ordering  

Influences: Classical Elements with Modern Touches, Nature

Interests: Family, Travel, Outdoors, Baking


Senior Designer

BFA Interior Design
Design Institute of San Diego

Task: Conceptual Design, Space Planning, Drafting and Detailing, Product Sourcing & Project Management

Influences: Modern Architecture, Hotel Design, Fashion, & Richard Neutra 

Interests: Cooking, Designing Spaces for Families,Cycling, Orange Theory & Travel



BFA Interior Design
Design Institute of San Diego

Task: Design Collaboration, Space Planning, Drafting, 3D Modeling/Rendering, Product Sourcing & Ordering

Influences: Outdoor elements, juxtaposition of design styles, Mid-Century, Philippe Starck 

Interests: Youtube, Dogs, Light fixtures, Sushi

“Inplace Studio is fluent in many styles, and adept at architecture as well as interior design. They worked in close collaboration with us, and just took care of things that came up. A great experience.”
Margot W.
“Inplace Studio masterfully crafted all of our ‘wants’ in each of three properties, solved problems we didn’t know we had, and made each home look and function perfectly.”
Frimmel S.

“Inplace Studio honored my vision and my budget. Options were presented respectfully and design challenges became opportunities.  A client friendly company with a creative flair.”

 “Inplace Studio has an incredible eye, great taste and an architectural approach that is a very rare find. I absolutely love my kitchen and the interior space planning and materials selection process was flawless.”