The Team

Tim Eian | Architect | TE Studio

Tim Eian of TE Studio

Tim Eian of TE Studio

You could say Tim was destined to have a career in architecture. At age three he followed construction progress of his new family home in Germany with fascination. As a young teenager he worked as an intern with his parent’s architect. Already realizing his life’s passion, he further prepared himself by mastering the foundations of woodworking in a carpentry apprenticeship, earning the prestigious title Master Carpenter. He later graduated with honors, earning an architectural engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Tim has over ten years of experience in both Germany and the U.S. Deeply influenced by exposure to stringent German environmental policies throughout his formative years, he has a strong conviction that protecting the earth is one of the key challenges of his generation.

With the desire to take residential architecture to a new level of sustainability, Tim founded TE Studio in 2008. In 2009 he and Stephan Tanner–architect of the first certified Passive House in the U.S.–co-founded Intep A+E, a commercial architecture and engineering firm. Tim is a board member of the Passive House Alliance—a nationwide trade organization promoting the Passive House building energy standard. He and his wife are raising their two children bilingually in Minneapolis.


Ryan Stegora | Builder | RJ Stegora

Ryan Stegora of RJ Stegora

Ryan Stegora, owner of RJ Stegora Inc., brings his creativity and experience to every job.  With his beginnings grounded in the family construction business, Ryan brings over 20 years of experience to every project.  He has developed his artistic eye and creative spirit in an effort to improve curb appeal while maintaining the architectural integrity of the building.

In addition to his experience, Ryan also has a training in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota as well as construction management from the NJ Institute of Technology.  With this well rounded background, Ryan is skilled in the areas of excavation, framing, new construction, remodeling and masonry.

When he’s not on the job site, Ryan is enjoying time with his wife, Claudia, and their two children, Owen (almost 4) and Alexia (20 months).  He attributes his hair loss to his growing family but doesn’t have any gray (yet)!  His current hobby is experimenting with concrete countertops.

Barbara Schmidt | Interior Design | B Style

Barbara Schmidt of Studio B Style

Bstyle, inc. is a full service interior design firm based in Minneapolis and New York.  Founder, Barbara Schmidt, is nationally recognized for her edited, clean style and her superior work ethic.

The bstyle team creates spaces with both the ultimate functionality and lasting design with sustainable components. Current interior projects in Minnesota include a Lake Minnetonka master bedroom and bath renovation; a Plymouth guest suite; and an Orono Passive wine room.

Over the past two decades, Barbara has authored a nationally syndicated column on kitchens and baths.  She is currently blogging for a cabinet manufacturer CliqStudios and developing editorial for Midwest Home magazine and Spaces magazine on interior design trends.

When Barbara and her team are not hard at work in their design studio, they are sourcing original artisan materials across the globe. They can be followed on facebook/bstylehome and twitter/studiobstyle.