87 built projects
25 state or national green building certifications
References from past clients
Stephen Beili is a wonderfully talented designer. He has keen intuition and creativity combined with organization and attention to every detail. Stephen is a dream to work with!
- Lori Lanier
We really enjoyed working with you and would heartily endorse your work to anyone interested in designing a house. You were patient and creative along the way, giving us ideas and suggestions resulting in a beautiful and functional house. You always kept us informed of the financial impact of any decisions we were making. This assured us that there were no surprises at the end. Your sense of humor complements your creative talents and makes the design process enjoyable.
- Tom and Carolyn Minton
It's hard to say what I like best about working with Studio Dionisi, but I should say that when the project was completed and I loved it totally, I told Stephen that if I could find some land I liked, I would be excited to start the process all over again.
Stephen was able to listen to my half-baked ideas about building a green house that was both modern and rustic, small yet roomy, and open yet cozy and to create a house that was beyond my wildest dreams. He did it with respect for the limitations of my budget and without trying to impose a particular aesthetic on my house. I recommend this company without reservation.
- Stephanie Wilder
Stephen Beili is a gifted designer. His work caught my eye over ten years ago in Santa Fe, New Mexico with two very different houses. In 2012 I was ready to build my own home and did not hesitate to call Studio Dionisi. We hired him to create a small, healthy, solar home on a small lot and he succeeded beyond our expectation.
His attention to detail cannot be over emphasized. He is an excellent listener, a sharp observer and relentless puzzle solver. He incorporated every design dream, no matter how contradictory, we voiced and created a brilliant home that takes full advantage of views, passive heating, inside/outside living and privacy for us and our neighbors. His extensive research of cost effective materials, environmental footprint, health and longevity of the building introduced us to a community of local experts. We felt secure choosing systems and building methods that would work within our budget.
Stephen met the challenge of high expectation and limited budget by insuring that every dollar was well spent. He vetted contractors, suppliers and landscapers to insure that they too would be passionately invested in our project.
When we broke ground in September 2013 Stephen welcomed the opportunity to incorporate the artistic talents of our contractor and the interior & landscape design talents of our project manager. He is always enthusiastic about learning something new and generously passing on his knowledge. Our regular updates from Stephen included lists of who has what responsibilities in addition to reminders of the schedule and budget. His note taking at every meeting is invaluable for all.
Stephen is always open to revisions that improve the project but remains strict to insuring that the budget is adhered, the HERS rating is not compromised and the unique design elements are not lost. When a problem surfaces he brings everyones attention to it and is not satisfied until the team is 100% satisfied.
- Romily Perry
1993 Rice University, Bachelor of Architecture
1991 Rice University, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
Stephen Beili began designing houses in second grade.
After college, his internship began at Morphosis, an internationally-known architecture firm in Santa Monica, California. After completing the design for his parents’ home in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1994, he worked for Paula Baker-Laporte, an architect and author specializing in healthy homes. For 7-1/2 years, he designed houses at Tierra Concepts, Inc., a design/build firm primarily building 4000 square foot homes for people retiring to Santa Fe.
Stephen and friend Tamara Iwaseczko founded a movement entitled “FREE” to encourage freedom, creativity, and thought back into the architecture of Santa Fe. This movement spawned the creation of short films, a library, discussions, a mosaic workshop, studio critiques, letters to the editors, and two 3-week symposia focusing on designing appropriately within the context of traditional architecture and within a water crisis.
He opened Studio Dionisi full-time in October of 2003 and continues to enjoy learning, training in healthy building science and developing his eye through books and visits to great architecture. He is a lifetime member of the International Living Future Institute.
Stephen is not an architect; he is a passionate designer who loves what he does. His work has received various awards and publicity for its fresh take on the architecture of the region and for its push towards a sustainable future.
AIA School Medal
Best of Houzz.com Customer Satisfaction Award
Grand Award, Santa Fe Remodelers Showcase Excellence in Remodeling (with Tierra Concepts)
Grand Hacienda (2x), Grand Green, and 21 other awards, Santa Fe Parade of Homes (with Tierra Concepts and Green Star Builders)
Griffin Award for Outstanding Contributions to Historic Preservation
Honorable Mention in ‘Metropolitan Home’s annual contest (2x)
Publications and television
Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Ideas
Environmental and Conservation Organization Tour
Haven by Chris Madden
HGTV, Interiors by Design
HGTV, National Open House
Home Energy Magazine Online
New Life Journal
Solar and Green Home Tours
Stylish Storage, A is for Apron, and Button! Button! by Lark Books
This Old House
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