Craig Steely is a California and Hawaii based architect. His buildings have been described as true and unique hybrids of these two environments. They embrace the realities of the environment and our separation/connection to it over the subjugation of it, all the while focusing on developing a singular architecture rooted in its context. Active projects include work in Hawaii, Mexico, as well as several along the coast of California—from Sea Ranch to San Francisco to Big Sur.

He received his architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has lectured at the University of Hawaii, the University of California at Berkeley, Cal Poly and at many conferences including the Monterey Design Conference. His work has been awarded recognition by the American Institute of Architects and published widely in books and periodicals. In 2009 he was selected as an “Emerging Talent” by the AIA California Council. His office was chosen the top firm in the 2013 Residential Architect Magazine leadership awards.

The Studio
Taking the classic modernist tradition as a starting point, the work of Craig Steely Architecture is known for its crisp lines and clarity of vision. Our focus is working with clients who share our enthusiasm for engaging the design process as a truly creative endeavor, exploring unique sites, and developing a singular architecture rooted to its context.

Selected Press and Interviews

Spring 2019—AN Interiors magazine Top 50 architects of 2019

11/01/18—Roofless House, Abitare magazine

12/08/17—Arkitektura Assembly: Craig Steely—interview

10/02/17 Pam & Paul’s House, Dwell magazine

06/13/17—Clever, a podcast about design—interview

01/26/17—Flux Hawaii magazine

12/11/16—CBS Sunday Morning, interview—Lavaflow Series

9/1/16 Orenchi Beyond—Architect’s Newspaper magazine

4/12/16 Lavaflow 7—Dwell magazine

2/10/15 Thayer’s House—SFC&G Magazine

12/12/14 DesignMilk Friday Five With Craig Steely

Residential architect—top firm 2013

7/5/13 Peter’s House, Dwell magazine

9/27/11 interview, The Architect’s Take:

5/10/11 “Mash Up In The Hills” (Xiao-Yen’s house), Metropolis magazine

1/21/11 “Lavaflow 4, The Big Island”, Dwell magazine

4/8/09 “Go With The Flow” (lavaflow 2), Dwell magazine