+ contact

424-248-3717
info@noreliusstudio.com

+ California

2807 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

+ maine

Post Office Box 18
Brooksville, ME 04617

  + Bruce Norelius   Principal Architect . Licensed in California + Maine  Bruce has practiced architecture for over twenty years, with an enduring focus on the places where we live. Integral to his practice is a meticulous design process emphasizing personal, meaningful collaboration with clients. Aesthetic and technical performance success is achieved by assembling a collage of expertise tailored for each project.   Where It Begins  is a collection of his essays published in 2014, conceived as a gift to clients and key collaborators over the years. It explores memory as the foundation from which he draws his inspiration. Next in the series is  Much , an exploration of how we integrate all that inspires us into our own work.  His undergraduate and graduate degrees are in architecture, from Washington University in Saint Louis and the University of Pennsylvania.  Current obsessions include studying Neoclassical Swedish Country Architecture, searching for time to trek in Nepal, and helping his boxer-mix rescue find his calm center. The first two seem relatively easy. Current work in the studio includes diverse architecture and interiors projects on both coasts.

+ Bruce Norelius

Principal Architect . Licensed in California + Maine

Bruce has practiced architecture for over twenty years, with an enduring focus on the places where we live. Integral to his practice is a meticulous design process emphasizing personal, meaningful collaboration with clients. Aesthetic and technical performance success is achieved by assembling a collage of expertise tailored for each project.

Where It Begins is a collection of his essays published in 2014, conceived as a gift to clients and key collaborators over the years. It explores memory as the foundation from which he draws his inspiration. Next in the series is Much, an exploration of how we integrate all that inspires us into our own work.

His undergraduate and graduate degrees are in architecture, from Washington University in Saint Louis and the University of Pennsylvania.

Current obsessions include studying Neoclassical Swedish Country Architecture, searching for time to trek in Nepal, and helping his boxer-mix rescue find his calm center. The first two seem relatively easy. Current work in the studio includes diverse architecture and interiors projects on both coasts.

 + Craig Schabel  Craig comes to us from the residential architecture realm. He started his education in his home state of Ohio and came to California for graduate school, where he received his master’s of architecture degree from University of Southern California. Craig previously worked for Tim Barber Limited as a project manager, where he most notably designed a transitional house in Venice Beach and developed an affordable house plans company using his skills of custom residential design. His passion for mid-century modern paired with his traditional work experience and contemporary and sustainable education creates a great blend for innovative design.  Craig has also served as an architectural consultant for the city of Alhambra, received his certificate in Landscape Architecture, was an apprentice to a renown architectural photographer and taught the USC 3D Printing Studio.  Craig is currently in the process of taking his architectural registration exams to obtain his architectural license.

+ Craig Schabel

Craig comes to us from the residential architecture realm. He started his education in his home state of Ohio and came to California for graduate school, where he received his master’s of architecture degree from University of Southern California. Craig previously worked for Tim Barber Limited as a project manager, where he most notably designed a transitional house in Venice Beach and developed an affordable house plans company using his skills of custom residential design. His passion for mid-century modern paired with his traditional work experience and contemporary and sustainable education creates a great blend for innovative design.

Craig has also served as an architectural consultant for the city of Alhambra, received his certificate in Landscape Architecture, was an apprentice to a renown architectural photographer and taught the USC 3D Printing Studio.

Craig is currently in the process of taking his architectural registration exams to obtain his architectural license.

 + Zel Bowman-Laberge  Zel joined the team in late spring of 2017 when she established the Rockland, Maine branch of Bruce Norelius Studio in the co-working community of artist, makers, and designers at the Steel House.  A native of Downeast Maine, Zel first became interested in architecture as a child when she started designing and building structures in the woods including her favorite, a hand-painted teepee. These early curiosities about how to design structures which respect and engage with nature are ongoing.   Upon receiving her bachelors of architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, Zel earnestly returned to Maine start her career. She has been working for the past six years on residential projects throughout New England and is a licensed Maine architect.  In her free time, Zel is actively reviving a historic farmhouse in mid-coast Maine complete with organic gardens, chickens, and an ever-growing apiary.”

+ Zel Bowman-Laberge

Zel joined the team in late spring of 2017 when she established the Rockland, Maine branch of Bruce Norelius Studio in the co-working community of artist, makers, and designers at the Steel House.

A native of Downeast Maine, Zel first became interested in architecture as a child when she started designing and building structures in the woods including her favorite, a hand-painted teepee. These early curiosities about how to design structures which respect and engage with nature are ongoing. 

Upon receiving her bachelors of architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, Zel earnestly returned to Maine start her career. She has been working for the past six years on residential projects throughout New England and is a licensed Maine architect.

In her free time, Zel is actively reviving a historic farmhouse in mid-coast Maine complete with organic gardens, chickens, and an ever-growing apiary.”

 + Adam Gidaszewski  Adam joined the team in early 2015, eager to be a part of a highly collaborative, design-oriented residential firm.  In that time, Adam has helped develop projects both in Maine and California and has become involved in many aspects of the studio culture. He has always been drawn to the personal aspect of residential architecture, relishing the opportunity to impact peoples lives by improving the spaces where they live – an understanding of place, function, and intimacy are integral for successful design.  He received a bachelor of architecture from the University of Southern California. during that time he was fortunate enough to spend a semester abroad in Como, Italy.  In his free time, he enjoys road cycling, swimming, and cooking, as well as continuing to learn about his new found passion for photography.  Adam has recently passed his last ARE (architects registration examination) and is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to take the California state supplemental exam to complete the long journey to obtaining his professional license.

+ Adam Gidaszewski

Adam joined the team in early 2015, eager to be a part of a highly collaborative, design-oriented residential firm.

In that time, Adam has helped develop projects both in Maine and California and has become involved in many aspects of the studio culture. He has always been drawn to the personal aspect of residential architecture, relishing the opportunity to impact peoples lives by improving the spaces where they live – an understanding of place, function, and intimacy are integral for successful design.

He received a bachelor of architecture from the University of Southern California. during that time he was fortunate enough to spend a semester abroad in Como, Italy.

In his free time, he enjoys road cycling, swimming, and cooking, as well as continuing to learn about his new found passion for photography.

Adam has recently passed his last ARE (architects registration examination) and is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to take the California state supplemental exam to complete the long journey to obtaining his professional license.

 + Todd Boyd  Todd joined the studio in the spring of 2018.  He began his career in Atlanta, where he earned a master of architecture degree from Georgia Tech, before moving to Boston.  There, he worked many years on projects of varying scale and type, developing a deep interest sustainable design practices in the process and worked to become a leed accredited professional shortly after obtaining his architect license.  Relocating for a time to Maine in 2011, he was able to pursue this interest further while working with a highly innovative team specializing in passive house design principles.  Now working as part of the Rockland studio, he greatly enjoys the challenge of melding that technical knowledge with the sensitive and exacting design goals that guide every Norelius Studio project.     Outside the studio, Todd most enjoys exploring Boston's many neighborhood parks and playgrounds with his young daughter and, as much as possible, indulging his just-discovered passion for self-portraiture.

+ Todd Boyd

Todd joined the studio in the spring of 2018.  He began his career in Atlanta, where he earned a master of architecture degree from Georgia Tech, before moving to Boston.  There, he worked many years on projects of varying scale and type, developing a deep interest sustainable design practices in the process and worked to become a leed accredited professional shortly after obtaining his architect license.

Relocating for a time to Maine in 2011, he was able to pursue this interest further while working with a highly innovative team specializing in passive house design principles.  Now working as part of the Rockland studio, he greatly enjoys the challenge of melding that technical knowledge with the sensitive and exacting design goals that guide every Norelius Studio project.   

Outside the studio, Todd most enjoys exploring Boston's many neighborhood parks and playgrounds with his young daughter and, as much as possible, indulging his just-discovered passion for self-portraiture.

 + Michael Sekera  Michael joined with the mindset that a design studio is a constantly changing environment that responds to its surrounding conditions which include cultural heritage, landscape, climate, and the surrounding built environment. It is a place where ideas form, are worked and reworked, and then become physically manifested. His passion lies within the exploration of various materials and mediums for visually representing an idea. He studied architecture and painting at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. He believes that residential architecture should directly convey a story about its dwellers living within.  Originally from Maine, he enjoys finding the harmonious balance between the built and the natural environment. Architecture is best understood by immediate experience; drawings, photography, and written work can only convey so much about a design. The organization and hierarchy of spaces within the design are things that can only be realized through experience after construction.  Obscure interests include lobstering, refurbishing furniture, water skiing, trail running, undefined colors, and getting lost in the woods…especially in the fall.   

+ Michael Sekera

Michael joined with the mindset that a design studio is a constantly changing environment that responds to its surrounding conditions which include cultural heritage, landscape, climate, and the surrounding built environment. It is a place where ideas form, are worked and reworked, and then become physically manifested. His passion lies within the exploration of various materials and mediums for visually representing an idea. He studied architecture and painting at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. He believes that residential architecture should directly convey a story about its dwellers living within.

Originally from Maine, he enjoys finding the harmonious balance between the built and the natural environment. Architecture is best understood by immediate experience; drawings, photography, and written work can only convey so much about a design. The organization and hierarchy of spaces within the design are things that can only be realized through experience after construction.

Obscure interests include lobstering, refurbishing furniture, water skiing, trail running, undefined colors, and getting lost in the woods…especially in the fall.