Timeless architecture. Inspired Solutions

Drawing on extensive and varied experience, Carawan Architecture creates a balanced synthesis of program, budget and sustainable-design strategies for each residential project.

Whether it is an estate in Beverly Hills or a cottage nestled in the hills of Ojai or Ventura, style and design are based on the individuality of the client, the unique attributes of the site and historically appropriate detailing.

A native of Los Angeles, Dee has been practicing architecture for 28 years, specializing in residential work for 20 years and heading her own firm since 2000.

Dee Carawan Architect

In Los Angeles she specialized in high end residential estate design at Landry Design Group and Hablinski Architecture from 1989-1999, renovating 1920s Spanish estates and designing new homes in a variety of styles, from Palm Beach Mediterranean to Tuscan Villas. With her own firm in Ventura she has continued to design an occasional estate while adding beach houses, cottages and smaller home remodels to her list of projects. Carawan Architecture is based near downtown Ventura and works on projects throughout Southern California.

“My favorite thing is to renovate old houses – whether it is a crumbling gem from the 20s or an eye-sore from the 70s and remodel it into a light filled, feel-good house that meets our 21th century requirements. I love providing my clients with a home that really fits their needs, personality and budget. It is always a fun challenge to keep remodels and new additions as seamless as possible.”


1982 Bachelor of Architecture with Honors, California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo

1981-1982 Royal Academy of Architecture Copenhagen, Denmark

Professional Organizations

US Green Building Council


Dee has been pursuing architectural interests since early childhood when she was inspired by the work of her grandfather Maynard Parker, an LA architectural photographer who covered residential architecture across the US for major architectural and design magazines from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.

In 1996 Dee’s family donated her grandfather’s archives to the Huntington Library in Pasadena. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities has made the archive accessible to scholars and the public.

Visit the Maynard Parker archive online.

A book on his life and work was published in 2012 by Yale University Press titled Maynard Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream.


I’ve written a personal article on my wonderful Grandfather titled Small House(s) Big Life By Dee Carawan that chronicles his love affair with quirky small houses. I like to think I’ve carried on this tradition!