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424 248 3717

3002 pennsylvania ave ste. 2
santa monica, ca 90404

post office box 18
brooksville, me 04617

california/maine licensed architect

bruce norelius 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.

bethany fadel joined the studio in september 2015. she brings with her over 15 years of professional experience in custom residential architecture.  bethany’s love for design began while working with her father at his texas architecture firm, norris associates. since relocating from austin to los angeles in 2004, she has been a project manager at several notable design firms including kanner architects and marmol radziner. bethany’s focus on custom residential design stems from her belief that thoughtful architecture can ultimately enhance the lives of the family within. she has a passion for the simple elegance of modern detailing and an appreciation for the artistry in construction. bethany is a graduate of texas tech university, college of architecture and is a licensed california architect.

bethany’s interests include intricately planning her family’s next travel destination, hunting for their next piece of furniture, and exploring un-chartered areas of her favorite city, los angeles.

craig schabel 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 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 five years on residential projects throughout new england and is currently taking the architectural registration exams to become 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 joined the team in early 2015, eager to be a part of a highly collaborative, design-oriented residential firm. 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.

michael sekera 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.

and mike.