Our Approach

Blackwell Design Consultants values the uniqueness of every project. Our goal is to help you realize the full potential of your project while keeping true to your vision. Blackwell Design Consultants strives to make the process easy and enjoyable. Plan to permit to paradise, efficiently and intelligently.

Kristin Setliff Blackwell


Kristin is a lifelong Carmel Valley resident. She attended college at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco and received a degree specializing in Interior Design. Upon graduating, she spent ten years with Carmel Valley Design as an Architectural Drafter.


Enjoying her work in the design field and wanting to expand her knowledge, Kristin decided to take a new approach to her field of expertise by working with the Design Review Board of the Santa Lucia Preserve. Kristin worked closely with landowners and their consultants, and managed the design, permitting, and construction process of over 50 residences during her five years at The Preserve.  

After more than a decade of experience working in the design industry, Kristin and her husband decided to open their own firm. Blackwell Design Consultants has worked on commercial and residential architectural projects from California to Washington, including administrative buildings for the United States Navy and handicap accessible residential remodels for the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Blackwell Design Consultants is proud to offer Kristin’s expertise and knowledge to help you with your project.

Buck Blackwell


Buck's passion for technology started at a very young age. A natural affinity to computers and technology led him to a degree in Automotive Technology and he specialized in on-board computer systems and diagnostics.


After a decade with Ford and Jaguar, Buck opened iProTech and branched out on his own into the world of personal computing. Buck and iProTech handled anything from Smart Phones and Tablets to Surveillance Systems and Corporate IT Security.


When Kristin and Buck married, his focus shifted again, now providing 3D rendering and printing as well as virtual reality technologies to her drawings and designs. Buck also designs and installs Smart Home systems featuring the latest technology has to offer.


Blackwell Design Consultants brings you this perfect mesh of Technology and Design for a truly unique experience like no other.