My name is Steven. I am a Belgian born, Midwest raised, designer and photographer living and working in New York City. I can't think of a better place to call home. I am passionate and I give a damn by default.
I have known that I wanted to be an architect since I was old enough to pick up a pencil and trace house plans from a builder catalogue. I love craftsmanship and the creative process. I like to dive in and learn as much as I can about something I don't know anything about. Like when I was 24 I had never gone camping before - so I took a two week solo backpacking trip to Montana to figure it out.
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The last few years...
I studied at the University of Minnesota and graduated with two masters degrees in Architecture and Sustainable Design. I worked professionally in Minneapolis for several years gaining experience with residential and commercial projects, before setting my sights on New York City - I packed two suitcases and left in the night.
Shortly after arriving I began working for an award winning architectural firm to design the USA pavilion for the 2015 Milan EXPO. I also worked on a restaurant expansion that gave me a deep understanding of the inner workings of the Department of Buildings. I continue to work as a Senior Designer - ready for new challenges.
The next few years...
I'll be taking the necessary steps to becoming a licensed architect. I have completed the majority of my Internship Hours and will be sitting for the Architectural Registration Exams in the near future.
I gave a TEDx talk...
In 2011 I was nominated by Dean Tom Fisher to give a TEDxUMN Talk about my thesis projects.
I can geek with you for a few hours about nearly anything that peaks my interest - which can be a lot of things. I love trains, typewriters, cameras, guitars, records, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and getting lost in urban infrastructure. I like to take my camera for walks to see if I can capture beauty in unlikely places (or be hired to capture the moment in the usual places). I miss the smell of a darkroom, the sound of a table saw, and the feel of axle grease between my fingers - I'm hands on and love the analogue as much as I embrace the digital. I'm at times a maximalist, sometimes a minimalist. I'm a little bit country and sometimes rock n roll. I believe in a good hand shake and being direct. I usually take the scenic route.
I still doodle plans for houses, for imaginary people in imaginary places - it keeps me sane and that's how I know I'm doing the right thing.
But you don't have to take my word for it...
"Steven came to us just out of graduate school and as part of our small office was involved in a wide variety of work. His architectural experience included measuring and developing as-built drawings for pre-construction, working on a number of institutional projects during Design Development and Construction Documents and taking a small residential project from Schematic Design through Construction Documents and bidding. Steven showed real commitment to doing quality work and would be a wonderful addition to any architectural firm."
— Paul Udris and Mark Burgess
Principals of U+B Architecture and Design
"Steven, who I had in my theory class and who I worked with on his thesis, was one of the most mature, hard-working students I’ve known. His thesis, involving a rethinking of the U.S. rail network to deliver services to small-town America, shows his creative and systematic approach to design, and his understanding of sustainable design goes deeper than many of the students I’ve worked with. I recommend him very highly."
— Tomas Fisher
Professor and Dean of the College of Design
University of Minnesota
"I worked with Steven during his Masters of Sustainable Design final project as he was doing research on renewable hydrogen production. He has the ability to research unfamiliar topics and present clear, accurate, and relevant information both verbally and graphically. His thoughtful process explores the many facets of sustainable design both technically and experientially. He is a dedicated and passionate individual and I would recommend him."
— James Lutz
Co-director MS Sustainable Design Program
University of Minnesota