Steven Grootaert

Steven Grootaert

New York, NY, US



I am passionate about design. I have the ability to research, communicate and offer creative solutions to indefinable problems. I have a drive for knowledge and broadening my understanding of the world through observation, inquiry, and action. Having been born in Belgium, I have seen much of Western Europe at a young age and sought out new experiences by traveling to Japan, Eastern Europe, Malawi, and Turkey. I wish to leverage my background in Architecture and Sustainable Design to become a valuable asset to an origination committed to design excellence and a better world.



U+B Architecture and Design, Minneapolis, MN, US, Independent Contractor

Hired on primarily to assist with the construction documents of a large school renovation; my responsibilities have expanded by seeking further involvement with the firms ongoing projects. I have gained experience with many aspects of the process for both residential and commercial projects by doing field measurements, verification, and as-built drawings; developing and revising schematic design with clients; creating pricing documents and permit sets, coordinating details between client, consultants, and contractors; working on details and constructions documents. I also assist with office administration, and manage the rollout of the firm’s new website.

Jan 2013 - Sep 2013

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Teaching Assistant

I was a Teaching Assistant for various courses ranging from undergraduate lectures to graduate studio for all three years of my M.Arch program. My responsibilities included leading discussion sections to reinforce course material, grading assignments and papers, and being a studio mentor to first year graduate students. My internal performance reviews indicated that I was dedicated, sensitive, and charismatic.

Sep 2008 - May 2011

KKE Architects, Minneapolis, MN, US, Intern Architect

I assisted with the completion of construction documents, renderings, and presentation graphics for the commercial development team. During schematic design I specialized in the production of 3d models for design review and final walk through animations.

Jan 2007 - Feb 2008


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Masters, M.S. Sustainable Design

Sustainable design theory and practice.

Sep 2008 - Feb 2012

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, MArch, Architecture

Invited to give a TED talk about my thesis project2 at a TED x UMN event (2011)
Richard Morrill Master’s Final Project Award Nominee (2011)
Student representative for second year graduate design students (2009-2010)
Editor-in-chief of award winning, student design journal THERE (2009-2010)
AIA Minneapolis Graduate Fellowship Award Recipient (2008)

Sep 2008 - May 2011

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
Minor in Environmental Design.
Completed in 4 years with class honors
Certified language proficiency in Dutch

Sep 2003 - May 2007

Areas of Specialization