Stephen Dynia, FAIA, founded Dynia Architects in 1994 with the mission of creating architecture that elevates the built environment from the ordinary to the exceptional, through a rigorous design process that choreographs site and program. The work is inspired by the phenomena of nature, responsive to context, fueled by innovation, and engaged in society and the culture of place. His inventive, modern designs connect interior space with landscape and his dynamic public spaces connect buildings with community.
Dynia received degrees in Fine Arts and Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. That arts-centric education instilled the poetic potential of combining the power of ideas with the reality of building – from concept to craft at all scales. Prior to the founding of his firm in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where the focus is on designing private residences, Dynia was a senior designer in the New York office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, working on large mixed-use projects in the US and abroad. With the desire to re-engage in large commercial projects, in 2007 he opened a second studio in Denver.
Dynia Architects’ residential, commercial, and institutional work has been recognized with over 40 design awards as well as 2008 Wyoming firm of the year from the American Institute of Architects. They have been widely published in books, magazines, digital media, and Stephen has presented his work at design conferences nationally. Stephen Dynia was admitted to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2013. In 2017 he was presented with the Silver Medal, Wyoming’s highest honor which recognizes contributions to the American Institute of Architects, the practice of architecture and the communities in which he works through his design leadership.