ECOShelter Design + Build is able to provide complete architectural design and general contractor services. We have years of industry experience; a competent, capable staff; a friendly easy atmosphere and a commitment to satisfying results.


C. Douglas Beall is an architect, a builder, a developer, an inventor and an artist.

He has worked in the construction industry for over forty years and has been licensed as an architect for more than thirty. Doug is the founder and owner of ECOShelter Design + Build which provides architectural design and general contracting services. He also operates Simple Shelter, Ltd., a tiny house development company. These companies support and promote safe, affordable, compassionate, responsible, ecological and deliberate (sacred) shelter.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a licensed architect, a general contractor, and a LEED Accredited Professional. Doug is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the US Green Building Council, the Colorado Straw Bale Association, and Bioneers. He is also a certified Biomimicry Practitioner.

Kristen O’Brien is a Solar designer, a Solar builder and Solar sister, with a capital “S”. She follows the philosophy that since the sun is the source of all energy, we should look to it first to provide design guidance in our built environments.


Kristen holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University, and a Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems Certificate and Solar Business and Technical Sales Certificate from Solar Energy International. Upon completing her degree in 2012, her passion for natural building led her west to the Moab-based non-profit, Community Rebuilds, to learn about and lead the construction of 1,000 square foot passive-solar strawbale homes for low-income residents. Since then, she has been following the sun for more answers to how we can build healthier homes both for humans and the natural environment.