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STUDIOie was formed in 2008 based on Jeff's 35 years of individual architectural experience that spans the globe. In 2014, the company teamed with Jerry Kessler's GKI, combining his 35 years of design and technical experience.  They have worked together for over 30 years on numerous projects and bring their extensive experience to the delivery and operation of every project. Clients benefit by exposure to the full range of architectural and construction related expertise from concept design through construction management.

B.Arch, Notre Dame University


ULI Founding Board Member, SD Chapter

Ace Mentorship program, Founding Board Member SD Chapter

Licensed in CA, MA, NJ, TX, OR


Indiana State University

ITT Institute

Licensed in AZ

Trained in the U.S. and Europe, Mr. Causey's design journey has included regional projects as well as numerous international projects and award winning design competitions throughout a wide range of project types.   He has been instrumental in the delivery of over 3,000,000 square feet of fast track design/build projects and managed numerous public/private partnerships throughout his career. 


Having lived in and worked for major design firms in Phoenix, Boston, San Francisco, Denver, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Southern California, Jeff has accumulated a strong and thorough knowledge of national trends and evolving design demands.    His studio brings select design and technical specialists into a collaborative team to deliver high quality, sustainable, and dynamic facilities.  He has led projects for large national and international firms while Director of Architecture-Western Region for Cooper Carry Architects, Principal at Carrier Johnson Architects, Director of Japan Operations at KMD Architects, Vice President of Stichler Design Group, Senior Project Manager at Tsoi Kobus and Associates, and Project Manager for Gosnell Development.


Jeff has lectured and spoken at numerous conferences around the country and has taught at the Boston Architectural Center in Boston, MA and the New School of Architecture in San Diego, CA.



With almost 40 years of industry experience in architecture, Jerry Kesler has been responsible for programming, design, technical detailing, and construction observation while maintaining an Arizona contractor's license for 20 years. 


Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona for over 25 years, GKI is currently working on projects throughout the US including New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Oregon.  Jerry has become officially designated by Marriott, Hilton, IHG, La Quinta, and Starwood to provide architectural services nationwide.  In addition to his strong background in hospitality design, Jerry also has diverse experience in retail, restaurant, recreational, residential, corporate, medical and public work facilities.

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