Steve Fuchs

Steve Fuchs

Los Angeles, CA, US



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:

SCI-Arc (Steve Fuchs)

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Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, US, Professor of Architecture

Architecture Studio and Digital Fabrication

Aug 2012 - current

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

Jul 2010 - Aug 2012

Gehry Technologies, Senior Project Consultant

At Gehry Technologies, I promoted organizational leadership, building information systems, quality assurance, technical documentation, and industry standards.

Aug 2007 - Jun 2010

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

Apr 2005 - Aug 2007

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)

Jun 1996 - Aug 2004

Obelisk Architects, Inc., Designer & CAD Manager

Coordinated residential, commercial & ecclesiastical projects from design to construction documentation, including managing the firm's IT & CAD needs.

Apr 1998 - Jun 2001

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.

Jan 1991 - Apr 1998

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.

Aug 1989 - Jan 1991

BOA Architecture, Intern

Organized BOA's architecture library, coordinated blueprints, assisted senior & junior architects.

Sep 1988 - Jun 1989


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

Sep 2004 - Sep 2006

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)

Aug 2002 - Sep 2004

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)

Jul 1988 - Jun 2002

San Pedro High School, High School, Vocational Architecture

Diploma with High Honors (Geometry)

Activities and Societies: YMCA Surf Team

Sep 1986 - Jun 1989

Areas of Specialization