History and Studio Philosophy


NOVUS Architecture was founded in 2009 by owner Dwayne R. Eshenbaugh, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C.  NOVUS Architecture is an award winning, full-service, Nevada registered design firm offering architecture, interiors, planning, and sustainability services to a diverse group of like-minded clients.  Our comprehensive portfolio of work includes over 150 projects from the Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Hospitality, and Public Works market sectors.

The firm is a “Learning Organization” focused on Personal Mastery, Shared Vision, and Team Learning.  Our firm culture trends toward the integration of knowledge, work, and play.

Our firm’s tagline is: Connect  I  Create  I  Cultivate.

NOVUS Architecture will Connect with like-minded clients to collaborate on exciting, diverse, and meaningful projects.

NOVUS Architecture will Create dynamic live, work, and play environments exceeding the expectations of our clients.

NOVUS Architecture will Cultivate lasting and meaningful relationships that transcend everyday business.


  • NOVUS Architecture is currently licensed in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Utah, and Wyoming.  Dwayne R. Eshenbaugh, AIA is Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and can acquire licensure by application in any state within a few weeks time.
  • Dwayne is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and NOVUS Architecture is CVE Certified by the Department of Veteran Affairs as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB).
  • The firm is Certified as a Local Emerging Small Business (ESB) by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
  • NOVUS Architecture was honored as Top Design Firm by NEWH at the 2016 HOSPY Awards held at Wynn Las Vegas on November 19, 2016.

Our philosophy is deeply rooted in regionally sensitive design that is critical to time and place.  Our downtown Las Vegas, 18b Arts District location, centralizes our firm culturally and enables our team to engage with local government and community on important issues that impact our built (and un-built) environment.

With a strong client-centric commitment, we utilize a collaborative, engaging, multi-disciplinary and rational problem solving approach to design.  The fundamental focus of our approach is “DESIGN EXCELLENCE”, where we organize and focus the efforts of our entire team to design projects that:

  • are appropriate to time, place, and function
  • are functionally based and user driven
  • respond to leading technologies and best practices
  • strive to meet the highest standards of design, code, energy, and accessibility
  • most importantly, meet our client’s budgets and schedules

To facilitate our design process, we have assembled a team of talented design professionals with expertise in incorporating a variety of creative tools during the design process, to include: hand sketches, physical model and 3D models, 3D photorealistic renderings and animation, Revit and AutoCAD Architecture.

Our Team

Dwayne R. Eshenbaugh
Principal / Director of Design

Dwayne’s vision, passion for elevated design, and his leadership abilities were all drivers as he ventured out and founded NOVUS Architecture. He is a hands-on Design Principal who touches every project that comes through the office.  Dwayne serves on the AIA Las Vegas Board of Directors and is 2018 President-Elect.

Marco Gonzalez, Associate AIA
Associate / Senior Project Manager

With a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Business Administration, Marco is a very well rounded member of our firm and someone always watching the bottom line. His design process is thoughtful, informed, and efficient.

Edgar Gutierrez

Edgar is the designer who knows all of the product reps and where to find the unique resources for our interior design projects. He is a highly talented designer with contagious enthusiasm and just down right fun to collaborate with.

John Chapman
Sr. Project Manager

John brings over 30-years of experience to the firm and is a well-rounded, tech savvy architect and Project Manager.  Our clients enjoy working with John largely because he stays focused on their needs throughout the process.

Kevin Graf
 Associate AIA
Project Manager

Kevin is a seasoned Project Manager with a passion for developing complex technical drawings and specifications while maintaining the design intent of each project under his management.  His diverse project experience and knowledge of all building codes are an asset to the firm.

Humberto Lopez
Job Captain

Humberto leads the firms REVIT team and is a technically sound Job Captain responsible for developing technical drawings, and coordinating work with our esteemed team of engineering consultants.