director of design | architect

Greg Elsner


With a background that includes construction expertise, Greg brings to our team a unique perspective that helps Shelter deliver work that is not only innovative, but also practical and well-detailed. He’s led several award-winning projects, including Skill Shot Coffee & Pinball Bar in Eau Claire, WI, and The Hangar at the Minnesota State Fair.

Greg joined Shelter in 2016 — but the breadth of his work extends well beyond our studio. Since spending a year (2009-2010) in Kenya on a design fellowship, Greg has been involved with important education and water projects there. Currently, he and his wife are leading an effort to develop the Mugunda Maternity Clinic, a prenatal and postnatal care clinic in Mugunda, Kenya. Meanwhile, Greg is working to restore and renovate his own 50-year-old home in Taylors Falls, MN.

Honors & Awards
  • 2019 Mpls St.Paul Home & Design RAVE (Residential Architects Vision & Excellence) Award for a floating sauna project (called “The Löyly)
Projects of Note