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.

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.


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.


Ivan Juarez

Ivan grew up in Ventura and has received an Associates degree in Architectural Design and one in Architectural Science from Ventura College. He decided he would study architecture when he was in 3rd grade, and is currently a senior at Arizona State University pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Design. He hopes to someday design sustainable architecture that can make a difference in the world. In his free time, he enjoys reading, drawing, and spending time with his two younger brothers.

Office Manager

Holly Hussong
Holly recently moved to Ventura from Rochester, Minnesota to be closer to her family. She definitely doesn’t miss the weather. Holly comes to us with a varied background in different fields including healthcare and human resources.  She has a passion for travel, riding motorcycles, and spending time outside with her family.



Zoe is the official greeter and mascot of Chappell Architecture. 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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