I'm a West Coast multi-disciplinary designer, Orange Coast College architecture faculty member, traveled surfer, and family man. My 25-years of experience includes designing and fabricating complex interiors and architectural systems for OMA, Morphosis, and Tschumi, among others; constructing BIM systems for mega-projects in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Boston, Paris, and the Middle East for Frank Gehry, SOM, AS+GG, and MIT; breeding artwork titled "Butterfly Machines" which has been the subject of gallery shows and academic publications; and continuously challenging individual design expertise and educational methodologies given cultural and technological evolution. Recently, I was recognized as an "emerging professional" by the National Chapter of the AIA, was an invited participant in IFI's futures think tank, and I support charitable organizations like Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA/Chicago) and the Surfrider Foundation (South Bay & Great Lakes).
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology from Thomas Edison State College, a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and am currently pursuing a Doctor of Computer Science with an emphasis in Emerging Media and Design Education.
Specialties: Three words that best describe Steve: Creative, Personable & Resourceful. His specialties are team management & communication, building information systems, digital design & fabrication, technical illustration & 3D visualization, and design thinking & education
Steve's School Blog on Archinect:
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, US, Professor of Architecture
Architecture Studio and Digital Fabrication
Harrington College of Design, Graduate Faculty, Interior Design
Graduate courses: thesis studio, student committee chair, member & reader; advanced digital and computational design (elective + specialization); creative collaboration studio; second semester studio; theory 1: ecology of design; media & communications; practice colloquium; and curriculum & portfolio committee
Gehry Technologies, Senior Project Consultant
At Gehry Technologies, I promoted organizational leadership, building information systems, quality assurance, technical documentation, and industry standards.
Panelite / Froech Design, Design Manager
Estimating, rationalization & product line development; Fabrication of architectural and interior projects that incorporated Panelite© products; and Production of visual installation guides, product brochures, and shop drawings
John Wiley and Sons, Technical Illustrator & Research Assistant
Books by Dr. Osamu Wakita & Richard Linde...
Perspectonics: The Art & Science of Perspective Drawing, 1st Edition (Wiley unpublished)
The Professional Practice of Architectural Working Drawings, 3rd Edition (Wiley 2002)
The Professional Practice of Architectural Detailing, 3rd Edition (Wiley 1999)
Obelisk Architects, Inc., Designer & CAD Manager
Coordinated residential, commercial & ecclesiastical projects from design to construction documentation, including managing the firm's IT & CAD needs.
Eidson Fire Protection, CAD & Permit Specialist
Coordinated sub-contract shop drawings & permits for projects in Southern California Shopping Malls (Nordstrom, GAP & many others), Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, and Residential Clients.
R.T. Wolfenden, General Contractor, Drafter & Assistant
Hands-on construction, manual drafting, and on-site coordination. Mr. Wolfenden was also President of the Chamber of Commerce and my duties included personal assistance for that position.
BOA Architecture, Intern
Organized BOA's architecture library, coordinated blueprints, assisted senior & junior architects.
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), MArch, Architecture & Digital Design
2-1/2 year Professional Degree, Architecture & Digital Design emphasis, GPA 3.7
Activities and Societies: National AIA Internship Conference: Recognition, "Emerging Professional", SCI-Arc Distinguished Service Award, SCI-Arc Alumni Development Grant, Teaching Assistant for 4 semesters (Novak, Gerber, Speaks, and Manferdini), CNC Shop Assistant, Archinect School Blogger
Thomas Edison State College, Bachelors, Applied Science & Technology
Graduated with Honors, Architecture & Technology emphasis, GPA 3.8
Activities and Societies: Alpha Sigma Lambda (National Honor Society), Book: Professional Practice of Architectural Working Drawings, Book: Perspectonics, Art to Grow On (Director at Crestwood Street Elementary School)
Los Angeles Harbor College, Architecture Technology (AS) & Liberal Arts (AA)
Graduated with Honors, Architecture & Design emphasis, GPA 3.5
Activities and Societies: Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, L.A. Harbor College: President's List & Full-time Dean's List, AIA Monterey Design Conference: 1st Place, essay competition, AIA South Bay / Cabrillo Chapter: 1st Place, portfolio scholarship, California State Senate: Recognition, outstanding personal & scholastic achievement, California State Assembly: Recognition, efforts to improve the community, Department Development: Graphic ID & Website, Teaching Assistant for 16 semesters (CAD & Advanced 3D Modeling)
San Pedro High School, High School, Vocational Architecture
Diploma with High Honors (Geometry)
Activities and Societies: YMCA Surf Team