Stephen Rafferty, Jr.

Stephen Rafferty, Jr.

Brooklyn, NY, US



Born in Pittsburgh PA, Stephen completed his M.Arch. at The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). 

His graduate thesis "Fit for a Queen" was a study of Camp sensibilities and their applications to architecture. It was featured in the Italian publication Arbitare

Understanding Camp as a Queer sensibility, Stephen's architectural practice has shifted to more broadly encompass psychoanalytic, social, and spatial Queer theories and apply them to contemporary architectural design.


Bergen Street Studio, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Architect

Hired in the midst of a design-build project for a hospital in Burundi Africa as part of a major infrastructural intervention/development // Produced schematic design and engineer-coordinated construction documents

Aug 2017 - current

Independent, Barcelona, ES, Architectural Designer

Met with clients and developed schematic designs for small, residential projects // Developed competition proposals

Sep 2015 - current

Martin Hopp Architect PLLC, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Project manager for a building renovation to house a new Brooklyn-based charter school // Led seven institutional projects through the DOB documenting and permitting processes // Standardized DOB submissions and established office-wide best-practice guidelines // Administered construction services for two residential projects

Jun 2016 - Aug 2017

B Plus U, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Intern

Digital modeling, fabrication, and installation of the site-specific ‘Apertures’ // Design, rendering, and model fabrication for additional projects // Produced materials for client meetings

Jan 2014 - Dec 2014

Oyler Wu Collaborative, Los Angeles, CA, US, Installation Team

Fabrication and assembly of SCI-Arc 40th Anniversary Pavilion ‘Stormcloud’

Jan 2013 - Mar 2013


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2012 - Sep 2015

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Bachelors, Architectural Studies with Studio Art

Sep 2006 - Sep 2011


Published Work: Fit for a Queen, Other

SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis "Fit for a Queen" published in the Italian magazine Arbitare.


Published Work: I Fold, Other

SCI-Arc Visual Studies project published on SuckerPUNCH Daily.


Areas of Specialization