Chappell Architecture began with Craftsman and Architect Dylan Chappell, whose work in Santa Barbara over the last decade has explored the relationship between buildings and their environment. Dylan started the firm based on simple ideas: that buildings can serve as a link between culture, nature, and the people that inhabit them. Dylan’s process begins with each client’s unique personality, program, and site.


Chappell Architecture has a reputation for providing superior architecture that is rooted to its site, responds to the natural environment, and merges with the landscape.  We create buildings that are tactile, modern, environmentally responsible and founded on the simple idea that the best buildings emerge as a result of  listening to the individual needs of the client.


Chappell Architecture is committed to designing places for people to live and work in balance with our environment.  Our clients share this vision; we look forward to projects that seek certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.  Our firm has also adopted the Architecture 2030 Challenge, which sets incremental targets toward the goal of carbon-neutral operation of all new buildings by 2030.


Working with craftspeople and artists is an integral part of the process.  Architecture may become the vessel that supports specific works of art.  Art and architecture are formed together to create an integrated spatial experience. With all our projects, we work side by side with craftspeople to fabricate specific elements so that the outcome of the work relates directly to the architectural expression.


Dylan Chappell, AIA, NCARB

Dylan is a licensed architect and serves as Vice Chair on the Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review. Dylan also sits on the City of Carpinteria’s Architectural Review Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and also attended the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Dylan has project experience in Kuwait, Mexico, Mammoth Lakes, Carmel, Montecito, Santa Barbara, and various environments throughout California.

His projects include restaurants, resorts, hotels, retail, multi-family housing, golf facilities, educational facilities, master planning, complex entitlements, and a repertoire of custom residences.

Project Manager

Thomas Kjaersgaard

Thomas has specialized experience from working on public safety, multifamily housing, retail, senior living and residential projects in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Denmark. Born and raised in Denmark, Thomas obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology and Construction Management from the University College of Northern Denmark before immigrating to the U.S.A. On the weekends, Thomas enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with his wife and two young children.

Project Manager

Carlos Sandoval

Carlos was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco – Mexico and moved to Ventura with his family where he cultivated an interest in art, science and music at an early age. This passion for exploration and creative development led him to San Diego’s NewSchool of Architecture and Design, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. Working primarily in the Santa Barbara area, he has diversified experience in single family residential, healthcare, K-12 and higher education facility projects. To be more involved in the community, Carlos joined the City of Ventura Design Review Committee where he served for two years. He is a proponent of design concepts and processes to inform thoughtful design and is committed to mentoring young professionals. Carlos enjoys architectural photography, hiking and spending time with his family.

BIM Manager, Designer

Mackenzie Combs

Mackenzie is a creative and resourceful leader with experience in environmental architectural design, LEED standards, 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM). He also is well versed in mapping, riparian restoration, erosion control, environmental resilience, zoning, safety and regulatory compliance. Mackenzie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and has certificates in Architectural Engineering Acoustics and Lighting. He grew up in Ojai and enjoys surfing, painting, and is currently restoring a 1967 Silver Streak Sabre.


Brandon Huang

Brandon is a graduate of Ventura College’s Architecture program. He has previously worked as a biological conservationist and graphic designer. His interest in architecture stems from wanting to make a positive impact on people’s lives and the environment with his designs. Originally Los Angeles, he enjoys painting, hiking, and going to the beach when he’s not designing.


Geovanni Ordaz

Geovanni is the lead renderer and his talents include  3D Building Information Modeling (BIM), visual 3D representation. Currently he is attending Arizona State pursuing his studies in Environmental Design Program. From Santa Paula, he is a recent graduate of Ventura College. When Geovanni began studying architecture, he immediately fell in love with bringing ideas to life that could be functional, usable and aesthetically pleasing. His hobbies include drawing, weight lifting and cooking.

Office Manager

Sarah Montague
Sarah returned to her hometown of Ventura after the Thomas Fire sparked her desire to work in design industry, hoping to learn more about the building process as well as accompany clients to make their ideas a reality. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and environmental studies and has since worked in various fields, including research, healthcare, and ministry. Sarah adores traveling, exploring the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. 



Zoe is the official greeter and mascot of Dylan Chappell Architects. She enjoys affection from her coworkers as well as strangers that pass by. In her spare time she enjoys napping, massages and learning new tricks.

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