About Us


Founded in 2005, Studio Dwell Architects is a full-service architecture firm in Chicago that is made up of a tightly-knit group of designers dedicated to the production of exceptional architecture. Studio Dwell mixes modernist aesthetics with real-world sensibilities, ultimately creating unique spaces that evoke the beauty of built form without the sterility associated with minimalism.

Principal Mark Peters has developed a design process at Studio Dwell that prioritizes user experience and interaction. The firm believes that quality spaces are created with careful restraint in the use of simple forms and light, paired with the goal of encouraging people to experience architecture.

Adherence to high standards has brought significant recognition to Studio Dwell. Our buildings have won awards from industry leaders like the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Residential Architect, and Architectural Record. 

Mark Peters, AIA


Professional Experience
Studio Dwell Architects, Chicago, Principal / Founder
mass architect, inc. Chicago, Principal / Founder
Pappageorge Haymes, Ltd., Chicago, Project Manager
Cityspeak Inc., Chicago, Principal, Designer / Founder
Perkins & Will Ltd., Chicago, Project Designer
Hartshorne Plunkard, Ltd., Chicago, Project Manager

License and Education
Licensed Architect, States of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan
Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelor of Science – Architectural Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Craig Steshetz

Project Manager

Professional Experience
Studio Dwell Architects, Project Manager
Widler Architects, Project Manager/Designer
Cordogan Clark & Associates, Intern Architect
Tome Kapusta Architects, Intern Architect

Master of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
Bachelor of Packaging, Michigan State University

Colin Emch-Wei

Project Manager

Professional Experience
Alt Architecture + Research Associates, Chicago, intern architect
Wallin-Gomez Architects, Chicago, intern architect
Muller + Muller Architects, Chicago, intern architect
tBP/Architecture, CA, intern architect

Bachelor of Architecture, specialization in Digital Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

Jonathan Heckert

Project Manager

Professional Experience
Jonathan Segal Architecture & Development, CA, intern
RNT Architects, CA, project designer
EnStudio, CA, west coast director

Master of Architecture, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, NY
Bachelor of Architecture, Woodbury University, San Diego, CA

Rafael Ramirez

Project Manager

Professional Experience
IPSA Corporation, Chicago, Project Manager
Checkmate Design, MO, Draftsman
Americorps Vista, MO, Affordable Housing Specialist
Hussey Architects, Hindsdale, Intern Architect
Chicago Building Consultants, intern Architect

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
School of Architecture, Program at Versailles


David Pierson

Project Manager

Professional Experience
Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, Chicago, IL, Architect
Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles, CA, Intern Architect
Angus Young Associates, Janesville, WI, Intern Architect

License and Education
Licensed Architect, State of Illinois
Master of Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Kyle Breedlove

Project Manager

Professional Experience
WHR Architects, Houston, TX, Intern Architect
Freese and Nichols, TX, Intern Architect

Bachelor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology