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Tristen Schabbel

Project Director/Architectural Designer

Principle design and construction manager for new homes and renovations. Focus on ensuring the architectural design needs of the client are met, from conceptual design through construction completion.

  • Architecture 80% 80%
  • Interior Selections 60% 60%
  • Project Management 40% 40%

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you’re talking about building a house, you’re talking about dreams.” ~ Robert A.M. Stern

Tristen Schabbel received her Master of Architecture / Design from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign.  She is a native of West Michigan, and after many years of work and travel outside of the state, is pleased to reside in Spring Lake.  Prior to founding Lee Allen Homes, Tristen’s most recent project design experience at Integrated Architecture included work on the Hurwitz Residence, awarded the 2006 AIA Local and State Residential Honor Award, and MAREC – Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, GVSU’s first of it’s kind green building receiving a Gold LEED Certification along the shores of downtown Muskegon. Tristen founded her company, Lee Allen Homes, in 2004 and has since worked on design and construction management for both residential renovations and new construction from South Haven to Traverse City.  She would welcome the opportunity to put her design knowledge and management skills to work for you.


  • University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, Master of Architecture, 2000
  • Oklahoma State University, Ecole d’Architecture de Versailles, 1995
  • University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Architecture, 1994


  • 2017 Lakeshore HBA Parade of Homes Award Winner in Best Kitchen, Best Owners Suite, Lifestyle Award, Best Site Harmony
  • Henry Adams Award of the American Institute of Architects
  • Ferry Award for Excellence in Architecture
  • AIA/AAF Scholarship for Professional Degree Candidates
  • Clarence T. Paul Fellowship
  • William Van Alen International Design Competition – “A Companion for the Chrysler Building” 1st Place Scholarship Award
  • Edward C. Earl Prize – “Great Lakes Research Institute” Graduate Design Thesis U of I 1st Place Scholarship Award
  • Parkland College Design Competition
  • AIA Central Illinois Excellence in Professional Practice Award


  • Lakeshore Home Builders Association
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Clarence T. Paul Fellow
  • University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture Alumni
  • NIAE – National Institute for Architectural Education
  • Gargoyle Honor Society