Steven Schloeder

Steven Schloeder

Phoenix, AZ, US



I specialize in Catholic church architecture across the United States, either as architect of record or design architect working with other firms. My work is very much in the "recovery of tradition", though not necessarily "stylistic" or "revivalism". Rather I take a broadly sacramental approach to church design, both in theory and in practice.  I also work in urban planning (new urbanism, smart growth, form based codes), master planning, and rezoning.

Among my projects are the new Our Savior Catholic Church at the University of Southern California, and the new Saints Anne and Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo ND.

I also write occasionally for various popular and academic journals on matters relating to architectural history and theory, theology, liturgy, art history, and I teach as my schedule permits.

If you or your firm is looking to go after Catholic church projects, I would enjoy discussing the possibility of a collaboration. 



Liturgical Environs PC, Phoenix, AZ, US, Principal

Apr 1995 - current

Ellerbe Becket/ Castillo Companies, Phoenix, AZ, US, Design Architect

Design Architect working on the $330,000 BankOne Ballpark (now Chase Field) for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Programming, design and working drawing implementation, for the concourse designs, clubhouse, administration, and service areas.

Apr 1993 - Aug 1995

Nellist Blundell Flint, London, GB, Senior Architectural Technician

Design and project administration for hospitality industry projects.

Jan 1989 - Aug 1992

Charles Kober Associates, Phoenix, AZ, US, Project Designer

Design and master planning; mixed use office, retail and hospitality industry projects.

Apr 1985 - Aug 1987


Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, US, PhD, Ph.D. (Theology)

Advisor: Rev. Prof. Michael Morris OP – DSPT
Committee: Rev. Prof. Luke Buckles OP – DSPT
Prof. Reindert Falkenburg – Leiden
Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty – UCB
 Dissertation: The Church of the Year 2000: A Dialogue on Catholic Architecture for the Third Millennium
 Comprehensive: Why does that Church not look like a “Church”?: Notes on Symbol Structure in 20th Century Catholic Liturgical Architecture.
 Comprehensive: The Image of the Crucified in History – A Gebserian Analysis.
 Comprehensive: Building the City of Glass – The Theology of the Gothic Cathedral.
 Comprehensive: The Place of The Tabernacle: A Theological Problem, or an Architectural One?
 Comprehensive Design Project: St Rose of Lima, Paso Robles CA: Remodel for the Third Millennium.
 Research Project: Our Lady of the Angels: An Architectural Preview.
 Research Project: Il Cortese Spagnolo: A Study in Art and Hagiography.

Sep 1998 - May 2003

University of Bath, Bath, Avon, UK, MArch, M. Arch

Advisor: Prof. Michael Brawne, FRIBA
Examiners: Dr. Robert Tavernor -- Bath
Prof. Joseph Rykwert – Cambridge
Mr. Edward Cullinan, FRIBA
 Thesis: The Architecture of the Vatican Two Church

Sep 1987 - May 1989

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US, BArch, B.Arch

Aug 1978 - May 1984

Areas of Specialization