We build with care and intention. In our projects and in the company we are building.
Our full-service team brings together creative expertise with a deep curiosity for how you want to experience your space. We believe a successful project happens when the dreams of our client, the imagination of the designer, and the hand of the maker are evident.
We specialize in custom design and build services for new homes, renovations, additions, and commercial projects. Our work is informed by our home base in Maine, with a focus on the landscape, intentional materials, simplicity of expression, and enduring character.
We are focused on creating a culture and work environment that values all of our team’s talent. A genuinely inspiring and durable building is the result of the skills and hard work of many.
In his 20 years of experience in architecture, Caleb has remained committed to building thoughtful spaces. As the founder of Caleb Johnson Studio and Woodhull Construction and Millwork, Caleb has spearheaded a team of award-winning architects, designers, and builders. His ability to capture the essence of the landscape and the value of materials sets the firm apart.
Growing up, Caleb planned to pursue a career as a fine artist. However, by his junior year of high school, he worried the medium wasn’t where his future lay. While working a summer job, his boss asked if he’d ever considered being an architect to utilize his technical drawing abilities. The title stuck. He became focused on becoming an architect, reading as many books as he could get his hands on. He studied everyone from Philip Johnson and Louis Kahn to Leonardo da Vinci.
In 1994, he started at Andrews University in Michigan, having the immediate feeling that he belonged there. After graduation, while on a trip to Chicago, Caleb picked up The New Cottage Home at a bookstore and contacted the architects whose work appealed to him. Six of those firms were in Maine.
“I think a lot about what’s behind it all, the beams holding it up, how they are represented in architecture, how architecture is an honest expression of the forces and materials it takes to create shelter for us, and how that impacts our daily lives. The quality of a space and what it’s built of can have a positive or negative effect on our lives.”
In 2003, Caleb started Johnson and Bell with award-winning Architectural Photographer, Trent Bell. The two would work on their first projects on Caleb’s front porch in the dead of a Maine winter. In 2006, Caleb took over full ownership of the firm, naming it Caleb Johnson Studio.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I picked up an architecture book in Chicago, and by far the majority of the architects in the book were in Maine. Maine resonates with people that just have to be outside, be around a beautiful landscape, and live in towns built on good principles. That’s why I’m in Maine. Maine is built of what I like: stone, lots of wood. There’s an ambiance here. The architecture I create is built of the same stuff. It just feels right to be here. Maine is home.”
An Indiana native but summer Mainer all her life, Amy Kronenthal took the first chance she had to make Maine her permanent home. After graduating from Southern New Hampshire University with a Masters in Organizational Leadership, she worked in finance for several years before gaining her CPA license. Amy joined Caleb Johnson Studio in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and today guides the entrepreneurial vision while working directly with clients, partners, and the Studio staff on all financial matters. Amy thrives in a creative environment. She is inspired by a commitment to community and clients and says she is constantly in awe of the beauty that is developed by the talented team of Caleb Johnson Studio.
David Duncan Morris ensures the goals and philosophy of the studio meet. Generating ideas and working in tandem with Caleb, David oversees each project from beginning to end. He instills the core principles of thoughtful materials, space, and character.
“I wanted to be an architect before I even knew what an architect was.” Growing up in the south, David found himself obsessed with any and every home. He received his B.R. in Architecture at the University of Tennessee and studied at Poland’s Warsaw Polytechnic Institute before moving to Washington D.C. David first worked for a firm focused on private schools. They designed everything from gymnasiums to classrooms and theaters. But his desire to work on homes never faded, so he took work with a boutique firm renovating houses in D.C.
After one visit to Portland, Maine, he moved in 2015, taking his position with the studio. “Appreciation for the experience of good architecture is really valued here. People experience their lives in a really meaningful way. And that’s what separates us from other firms. We focus on the experience that the materials, light, air, and sight contribute. And in Maine, people are naturally civilized. They care about their environment, they want to live in nice harmony.”
A project that stands out in the Caleb Johnson Studio portfolio for David is Salt Spray. With a solid bond between team and homeowners, they were able to have the freedom of creative exploration. “We produce a lot of great buildings, but the favorite parts are when I get along with the client, and they get along with me. There’s a trusting relationship.”
Before starting on any project, David visits the site, taking cues from the wind, topography, the available light, and accessibility. “I try to focus not just on the relationship of spaces but the proportions, usability, and function. How does the size of a room influence its ability to be enjoyed? A room is not just four walls, a ceiling, and a floor. It’s the art on the walls, the materials used, the shape, the height of a ceiling.”
Teresa Telander brings a fresh perspective and diverse insight to each project. She expertly manages the design and building goals while maintaining client vision and expectations. A Swedish national born and raised on the south coast of Spain, Teresa found herself immersed in two different cultures—leading to a strong appreciation for balance, translating in her work as the harmony of functionality and visual appeal. After her architecture training in the UK at the University of Brighton, Teresa participated in a construction workshop at Arcosanti in Arizona. She contributed to construction projects in Costa Rica and New Zealand before working with a high-end firm for nine years. She joined Caleb Johnson Studio in 2019 and today lives on the East End in Portland.
Patrick is Lead Architect for Commercial Design and Director of Operations. He works as the liaison between the studio, Woodhull Millwork and Woodhull Construction. Patrick ensures operations run smoothly, recognizing perspectives of each and facilitating a streamline of information.
Patrick found himself submerged in the craft early on. His father taught a college course on art and music’s influence in architecture. The dream was solidified at 12 years old during a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. “The moment I realized it was even better than what I imagined was when they were telling the story of the homeowners who contracted Wright to build the home. They wanted the focus of the house to be around a stone where they sunbathed and spent most of their time. Wright built around that stone, making it the hearth of the home.”
Patrick studied architecture at Miami University in Ohio before receiving his master’s at Washington University in St. Louis and spending a semester abroad in Argentina. In 2008, he took on work in Washington D.C. for a firm focused on boutique restaurants. He then progressed to Project Architect on large-scale developments, including the $300M City Center DC Apartments, a ten-acre site downtown.
Now at Caleb Johnson Studio, Patrick’s focus is on further building a portfolio of commercial projects with a great appreciation for design. The team’s latest work, South Portland’s Cannabis Dispensary, SeaWeed Co., stands out in his mind as a pivotal project. “Our best work occurs when there’s a collaboration between the owner, architect, contractor, and subcontractor. It’s beautiful when it comes together we’re aligned with the client on the core intent of the project.”
As a 20-year woodworking veteran, Peter is the Director of Construction. He spearheads all program efforts, from client relations and project development to business management and scheduling. In his time with Woodhull Construction, he’s worked on a range of projects including simple interior renovations and complex new builds.
For Peter, establishing a strong level of trust with clients drives his work. “It’s not lost on me that for many people taking on a new project, it may be one of the most daunting and biggest investments they will make in their lifetime. It’s critical that there be that foundation of trust from day one. Being informative, transparent, and honest is where I like to start.”
With 37 years of experience, Scott Stuart leads as Director of Millwork at Woodhull with insight, artistry, and a dedication to his craft. He oversees all aspects of millwork projects, from initial design support through production. Scott started with Woodhull in 2016 after an already notable career as a professional woodworker, having worked on everything from classic New England homes to Maine built super yachts. A keeper of the craft, Scott belongs to one of the last generations who learned on an analog system, woodworking without automation. He appreciates and protects the original art, offering his team perspective and a commitment to thoroughly enjoying the work.
As the first person clients interact with, Amanda Cleary’s focus is listening and understanding how they want their space to function and feel—what are the essentials, and what will make this space comfortable, beautiful, and well-suited for the site? Setting the expectations, she walks clients through the sometimes emotional and daunting design and build process with expertise and compassion. Aside from managing pre-contract coordination, Amanda works directly with the marketing team, defining vision, strategy, and company goals. Amanda is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont with training in art history, painting, ceramics, and graphic design.
Project Manager Amit Oza started an ambitious career path at Boston’s Northeastern before receiving a master’s from the University of Texas at Austin. After working for ten years in Boston on residential and multi-family units, institutional buildings, libraries, and museums, Amit joined Caleb Johnson Studio in 2020. With a focus on residential projects, Amit is in charge of managing and overseeing the design of the studio’s homes and renovations—dealing with all aspects from client care to project drawing. He draws inspiration from quiet, natural simplicity and the varied Maine landscapes and finds the best solutions are often realized after time spent outside.
As early as the third grade, Bud Angst knew he wanted to be an Architect, and it was a high school architectural design course that sealed his fate. He received his B.S. in Architecture and a Masters of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology before working as a lead designer for a timber and frame design-build contractor in Maine. Bud joined Caleb Johnson Studio in 2017. Today he is an active designer and project manager, working on residential projects from the pre-design phases through construction. His goal for each home is to create a beautiful space that meets client needs and budget while pushing the design and construction quality in Maine higher with every project.
Chris Garland found his calling in a high school drafting class that focused on computer technology. He spent undergrad at Hobart College and DIS in Copenhagen before receiving his Master’s at the University of Washington in Seattle. From there, Chris went on to spend seven years with a high-end residential firm working on cultural projects as well as commercial and housing. In 2013, he was honored to participate in the design of an all-girls school in Afghanistan which won an AIA National Honor Award. As a Project Manager, Chris manages project design, oversees client communication, project schedules, fees, and ensures time is being allocated appropriately. A New Hampshire native, Chris has an inherent appreciation for Maine’s familiar landscapes, its hard-working people, and local culture.
Josh is a licensed architect managing various residential and commercial projects within the firm. He currently holds a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America. Previously, he worked in Washington D.C. on projects ranging from renovations to large multi-family and mixed-use buildings. His devotion to the natural world brings along an honest and balanced design approach to all projects.
As the daughter of an Architect, Gabi Lesch has been around the industry her entire life. She has a B.A. from McGill University and, after graduation, worked as a Real Estate Agent, a Program Manager at an organic farm, and an Office Manager at a landscape architecture firm. As the People Operations Manager of Caleb Johnson Studio and Woodhull, Gabi works at the intersection of human resources, IT, communications, and office administration, ensuring all runs smoothly for the entire team. With an endlessly optimistic attitude and outlook, she has an approachable energy genuinely valued by all.
From building skateboard ramps as a kid to his Architecture studies at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Jason Colpitts has loved problem-solving and drawing. After receiving his Master of Architecture in 2013, he worked about two and a half years as a carpenter, gaining value and understanding the craft. At Caleb Johnson Studio, Jason’s time is spent designing and drawing projects from start to finish. His carpentry experience allows him to dive deep into detailing and developing the building envelope, pushing new construction techniques where he can. The landscape is a significant component of Jason’s influences, and he finds Maine’s rocky coast and rich forests the perfect spaces for reflection and inspiration.
After studying Cognitive Science at McGill University in Montreal, Stacey Woodworth went on to get a degree in Architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Today, she is an Architect with the Caleb Johnson Studio team. With a focus on interiors, Stacey is guided by the core values she learned at Dalhousie—keep it local, keep it honest. With a keen eye for detail, Stacey finds reward in working with clients who value the careful consideration of all aspects of design. She is fascinated by projects that are designed seamlessly across the scale, from exterior envelopes down to the forks in the drawers.
Michael’s passion for design began with building soapbox derby cars and eventually led to his first summer job as a house framer. After receiving his BA in Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Michael joined the Caleb Johnson team in Maine. As Project Architect, his focus is helping translate the client’s goals and unique conditions into a cohesive vision for the project as a whole. An avid hiker, Michael finds inspiration in nature, specifically Maine’s rocky coastline, dense woods, and surrounding flora.
Lydia Mather remembers flipping through books on housing models as a kid, marking them good or bad with a pen. But it wasn’t until high school that she considered studying Architecture. Thanks to a school advisor, she discovered she could do a five-year degree at the University of Maine in Augusta and in 2017 graduated with a Bachelors degree in Architecture. As an Architectural Designer, Lydia works with the Director of Design and Project Managers to draw and create models of projects. With a focus on the experience of a space, she is drawn to nature’s influence and incorporating its materials into design.
Kashyap’s romance with design began at an early age with drawing maps, blueprints, and floor plans for imaginary bank heists. After participating in a summer studio at UC Berkeley, Kashyap worked as a one-man model shop before heading to grad school. Today, at Caleb Johnson Studio, he’s on the design team, focused on interior millwork and connecting the overall design language of structures to their interiors. Kashyap’s main goal is to understand how the client’s taste can merge with his skills to inspire thought, meaning, and beauty in the overall vision.
For as long as she can remember, Ali has been intrigued by architecture and design. Touring historical homes as a student, she fostered an appreciation for craftsmanship and detail. After receiving her BA from Catholic University in D.C, she studied Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis for her MA. Now with Caleb Johnson Studio as an Architectural Designer, Ali works closely with project leaders to develop all phases of design and finds the most important starting point to be understanding the challenges and uniqueness of each project. Maine’s unique coastline stands out as the biggest inspiration in her work.
Jenny Dillon grew up working on home renovation projects with her dad, where she discovered a passion for design. Her newfound love took her to the school of DAAP at the University of Cincinnati, where her creative problem solving skills blossomed into a career in architecture. Presently an Architectural Designer at Caleb Johnson Studio, Jenny collaborates with the team through both schematic and development phases. New to Maine, she finds an abundance of inspiration in the landscapes around her. From rocky ocean coasts to vast green forests, Jenny draws on local textures, colors, and shapes to create spaces that elicit similar emotions.
Awed by the blueprints of his childhood home, Jason Jirele knew from an early age he wanted to work in design. After graduating with an M.A. from Kansas University, Jason moved to Seattle where he worked on commercial and corporate projects. Now in Maine, Jason finds himself naturally drawn to the DIY attitude and work ethic of local communities, which serve as spirited reminders of his own small-town upbringing. As an Architectural Designer at Caleb Johnson Studio, Jason is dedicated to creating unique atmospheres and enhancing spaces that meet clients’ needs and aspirations.
Growing up in a family of contractors, Leon Genre never thought he’d work in any other industry for a minute. To this day, he admires the camaraderie and energy that exists on sites. Leon received his degree in Business from the University of Southern Maine but feels most of his experience was gained doing the hands-on work of historic preservations at a Portland, Maine mill shop. Today at Woodhull, he is our Pre-Construction Manager, aligning all that goes into a successful project. He works closely with the design team to help manage the design and budget for clients and puts together pricing at various design stages. Throughout the process, Leon consults with project managers, subcontractors, and vendors to ensure everyone has what they need to be successful.
A graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. in Construction Management, Jason Dill joined Woodhull in 2020. As a Project Manager, he oversees the timeline, budget, and safety guidelines of each building job. Aside from management, Jason works in pre-construction, helping with budgets on preliminary designs for upcoming Woodhull projects.
Dee Dee has been constructing and deconstructing anything and everything since she was a kid. Following in her carpenter grandfather’s footsteps, Dee Dee is the Construction Project Manager at Woodhull, ensuring everyone has what they need to make a project happen from start to finish, along with keeping close contact with clients. A primary focus on every project is understanding client expectations and putting together the right team for the job. Inspired by the details in Maine’s landscape—late afternoon light, the water, vast green spaces—Dee Dee sees buildings through nature’s lens and finds herself influenced by Maine’s unique blend of people, the work ethic, and passion baked into the DNA.
Drawn to the complexities of building and construction, Keith Levan started studying carpentry as early as high school. Upon graduation, he teamed up with a local carpentry outfit, apprenticing under the head carpenter. Now at Woodhull Construction, Keith works as Project Manager, staying one step ahead while leading two or three projects at a time—from scheduling and budgeting to collaborating with the design team. With a focus on establishing good rapport with clients and the carpentry team, Keith builds trust and loyalty between the two. Once that’s developed, the rest of the project falls into place. A Mainer through and through, Keith appreciates the rugged nature of the state’s landscape and the dedication its people show for their passions.