Darrell Schmitt, FASID, CID, received his BFA in Interior Design from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1972. He began his career in New Orleans, launching Darrell Schmitt Design Associates, Inc. in 1974. There he built a successful residential design career, working on many prestigious projects throughout the city. Eventually, hoping to make real a long held desire to design hotels, Schmitt retired his business in 1987 and re-located to Los Angeles, where he associated with James Northcutt Associates, celebrated boutique hotel designers. There Schmitt was named Director of Design and then Design Principal for the firm. Notable projects for which Darrell Schmitt served as Senior Designer while at JNA included Four Seasons Hotels at Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, Palm Beach, and Hualalai, Kona, Hawaii; The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills California; Las Misones Country Club, Monterrey, Mexico; and residential commissions from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia. In 1997 Schmitt re-formed Darrell Schmitt Design Associates, Inc., after the passing of James Northcutt. DSDA has enjoyed long client relationships resulting in many repeat commissions, and consistently strives to exert our team's exceptional talent and commitment toward the creation of beautiful, harmonious, functional, and uplifting environments for our clients.

Schmitt's award-winning work has been published extensively internationally, in publications as wide ranging as Architectural Digest, Interior Design, House & Garden, Dimensions Hong Kong, and in many books.

Schmitt has been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers since 1972; he has served as president of two different chapters of the Society, and is the recipient of 2009 American Society of Interior Designers National Designer of Distinction Award. In 2012 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers.