About SNJ Design Studio LLC: Architecture Firm in Greater Cleveland

The Architects at SNJ Design Studio LLC offer expertise to a wide variety of building projects. We are experienced in both commercial and residential developments, and our qualified professionals have successfully designed, planned and managed the construction process for many Greater Cleveland homes and buildings. All resulting in distinguished, elegant and contextual designs that are as practical as they are visually appealing.


Stephen N. Jouriles, AIA, CDP, LEED AP left his position as Architectural Department Manager in a large engineering and architecture firm to create SNJ Design Studio as a Limited Liability Corporation in 2010. SNJ Design Studio fills a void within the greater Cleveland area by serving prospective clients with affordable, quality architectural design. While many firms are not willing to take on small projects due to low profit margins, SNJ Design Studio gladly serves those in the community requiring assistance. Be it creating documents for a Certificate of Occupancy in an existing building or new ground up construction, SNJ Design Studio is here to help.

In 2021, Stephen also became a Principal at Makovich & Pusti, Architects, Inc. (MPA). Recently, several SNJ projects have been executed through the MPA office, utilizing the additional resources available.


  • Registered Architect, State of Ohio, 1994


  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 1992, Cum Laude.
  • Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Engineering Technology / Construction Management, University of Cincinnati, 1991, Cum Laude.
  • Cooperative Education Work-Study Program through University of Cincinnati in Architecture and Construction Management, 1985-1991.


  • AIA - American Institute of Architects, 1995 to present
  • RSB - Cleveland Regional Small Business, 2012 to present
  • SRP - City of Cleveland Storefront Renovation Program, 2012 to present
  • LPE - Local Producer Enterprise, 2012 to present
  • LEED AP - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, 2006
  • CDP – Certified Development Design and Construction Professional, 2008
  • Board Member – Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board, 2016 – 2019
  • Trustee – Lakewood Historical Society, 2015 – 2018
  • Advisory Committee for the West Shore Technical Institute Construction Sciences Division, 2013 to present
  • Certified Building Evaluator with CAL OES Past-Disaster Safety Assessment Program, 2019 to present
  • International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants, 2019 to present
  • Interim Master Plans Examiner – State of Ohio, 2019 to present
  • Certified Building Plans Examiner – International Code Council, 2020 to present

Complete Architectural Services

SNJ Design Studio LLC offers full Architectural Services, from needs assessment and site analysis; to correspondence with authorities having jurisdiction and construction observation. SNJ Design Studio LLC has a proven track record for developing customized strategies through our active collaboration with clients. We take great pride in the projects we undertake and remain dedicated to maintaining the highest of standards .

Some of our services include:

  • Building Programming
  • Site Evaluation
  • Building Code Analysis
  • Conceptual and Schematic Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Presentations
  • Correspondence with Authorities Having Jurisdiction
  • Periodic Site Observation


SNJ Design Studio LLC is also developing a net-zero home prototype that utilizes less energy than it produces on site. Built into the side of a south-facing slope, the prototype building will take advantage of the earth as an insulating element and weather shield. SNJ is currently seeking funding for slope stabilization on a site overlooking the Rocky River in order to build the prototype.

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