Laurel James

Principal Designer

Laurel is Novella’s Principal Designer, responsible for designing our signature sheds, brand development and curating the visual throughout.

Laurel brings extensive professional expertise in home design, building technology and construction. She holds a Bachelor of Interior Design from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional. Beyond her residential career, Laurel designed and project managed commercially throughout North America in the Museum, Airport, Hospitality and Retail Sectors. Laurel has a seasoned design career that includes airport master planning, restaurant design, branding, hotel expansions, concession redevelopment, and interpretive design.

Laurel and Angelito continue to own and operate Novell Design Build. They are leaders in the Design Build industry and have been creating custom homes and laneways in Metro Vancouver for the past 15 years. Novell Design Build is a strategic partner of Novella Outdoors.

Laurel is passionate about thoughtful solutions & meaningful places. Her designs facilitate festive gatherings, restorative retreats, and moments of wonder and joy. She brings meaningful intention to all that she creates.

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