Founded in 1991 and led by Lena Munther, Munther Design is a Maryland-based interior architectural design firm that creates innovative interior spaces, as extensions of brands, to catapult them to greater success.


Munther Design brings a global prospective and a hands-on approach from Concept through Completion for discerning business leaders in the restaurant, health care and commercial real estate industries. Our mission is to design high-impact, innovative interior spaces with practical functionality, that accelerate businesses.


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Lena prides herself on assembling the right team and concept for each client, focusing on commercial clients in the restaurant, health care and commercial real estate industries. Lena has led the team to design a number of state-of-the-art specialty veterinary hospitals, multiple restaurants, the nation’s first large format, ultra-high-fidelity salon and spa, several commercial real estate spaces, as well as custom high-end residential projects. Her work has received numerous awards, including the NAIOP 2008 Award of Excellence for Best Interiors in a Mid-rise Building for The Cleaning Authority’s 75,000 sq. ft. headquarters’ based in Columbia, Maryland and a Honorable Mention Award for Best Hospital Design from Veterinary Economics, with the completion of a 16,000 sq. ft. Orthopedic Veterinary Hospital in 2009.

Prior to moving to the US, Lena founded Munther Design in Oslo, Norway in 1991 where she worked with international brands, including: Levi Strauss, McCann-Erickson and the Norwegian Military Services. For Levi Strauss, she developed the concept for both their corporate headquarters, as well as their Levi’s Store, which was then implemented in retail locations in Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Prior to that she spent several years with Platou Architects, specializing in cruise ship design, and construction supervision on shipyards around the world. During that time, she also spearheaded construction of a 263-foot custom private yacht in Hamburg, Germany. Lena received her degree from London’s Chelsea School of Art and Design in 1984 and recently completed the Dale Carnegie Leadership Course.

Lena resides in Howard County, Maryland with her husband and two children. She is an active philanthropist, serving on the board of several not-for-profits, including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Maryland Chapter.



We thoroughly investigate every client's preferences and needs before we suggest moving forward in a specific direction. Architectural drawings and renderings are created using AutoCAD and Vectorworks Architect. Materials, textures, furniture and finishings can be identified on material boards.


Team Building


Every project's size and complexity is different, so we take careful consideration and curate the best team for each scope to bring complementary qualities to enhance our design. This allows us the flexibility to meet varying budget levels without having to account for overhead expenses.



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We bring our extensive experience to each and every project; creating new and unique designs by exploring and utilizing new materials and techniques, with a unique attention to detail. Our close trade collaborations allow us to adhere to tight budgets, while presenting custom designs and design-builds.
This specialty distinguishes us from most other firms and has given us the opportunity to render great personalized service while continuing our passionate creation of custom designs.




We are proud to meticulously monitor construction and installations on our clients' behalf to assure that the final product is the quality we demand and expect.




NAIOP 2008 Award of Excellence

Best Interiors in a Mid-Rise Building for The Cleaning Authority’s 75,000 sq. ft. headquarters based in Columbia, Maryland



Honorable Mention Award

Best Hospital Design from Veterinary Economics, with the completion of a 16,000 sq. ft. Orthopedic Veterinary Hospital in 2009



Elegant Concrete Floor Incorporates Wood Inlays

Custom concrete project recognized by the Decorative Concrete Council, receiving a first place award for stained concrete flooring under 5,000 sq. ft.


18th & 21st

In late 2015, we approached Munther Design to create a design concept for a two restaurant space at a new building to be constructed at the Merriweather District in Columbia, Maryland.  The space was initially 8,654 sq. ft. but…


Constructing our new Corporate Headquarters from a cold, dark shell was an extremely daunting task but Lena Munther exceeded all of our expectations! Lena handled this project with such professionalism and ease…


We have worked with Lena Munther for the past 5 years and have found her dedication to the job, work ethic, creativity and overall professionalism to be far above anyone we have ever worked with in the design field…


Our organization turned to Munther Design for assistance with designing two important projects. In the first, Lena and the rest of the team from Munther Design took the necessary time to assess a complex building renovation…


We enthusiastically recommend Munther Design without any reservation or hesitation. We came to Munther Design because of her work with FX Studios in Hunt Valley, MD, as we were looking for help in doing three…


It's not easy to have an idea in one's mind and then find an individual who can bring it to life. Lena is very gifted and has the uncanny ability to truly understand what your dream is and then bring it to reality - but only bigger and better…