Steven Stepien

Steven Stepien

Los Angeles, CA, US

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An experienced Technical Architect and designer with a demonstrated history of leading teams and managing architectural projects from concept design through to project completion. Skilled in AutoCAD, Revit and ArchiCAD. 

Project experience includes High-End Residential, Mixed-use, and Multi-Unit Residential, Commercial developments, Hospitality, Retail, and Tenant Improvement projects, Institutional, and Recreational Facilities. 

Strong education background with a Master of Architecture degree (AIA, AACA, ARVB & NAAB Accredited) focused on (Design) from Deakin University in Australia.




Salice Architects Inc.,, Santa Monica, CA, Project Manager / Designer

Current projects include:
1. A new $1.5 million home in Culver City and,
2. A $100,000 interior remodel. Both of which are in the permitting phase.

General Responsibilities: Project deliverables including design packages, planning/permit applications, construction documentation, product research, and client/consultant coordination. Responsible for periodic design reviews and drawing set reviews with studio principal.

Apr 2020 - current

The Eames Foundation, Santa Monica, Docent

General Responsibilities: Develop a thorough understanding of Eames design principles and Foundation philosophy in order to give tours, educate visitors, and to help build overall foundation messaging.

The Eames Foundation celebrates the legacy of all things related to Ray and Charles Eames, famous mid-century designers, artists, teachers, architects, filmmakers, and photographers. The foundation's aim is to preserve and protect the Eames House and to provide educational experiences for guests.

The Eames House (Case Study #8) in Pacific Palisades was designed by Charles and Ray Eames between 1945-49. It is a fine example of mid-century modernism.

Dec 2012 - current

Montalba Architects, Inc., Santa Monica, CA, US, Project Manager / Designer

Key Accomplishments: Successfully completed three commercial and one residential project:
1. Award-winning - Erewhon Markets tenant improvement in Santa Monica
2. UCLA Graduate Arts Facility tenant improvement in Los Angeles, CA
3. Canyon Lodge refurbishment at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, CA
4. Malibu Villas residential remodel in Malibu, CA
Recent projects include:
1. A new $5.5 million Manhattan Beach House off The Strand in Manhattan
Beach, and
2. A new $9.9 million Equinox Fitness Studio in San Francisco
Both projects have met all client expectations and deadlines and are on budget.

General Responsibilities: Managing multiple projects through all design and administrative phases. My deliverables included feasibility, programming, and design packages, permitting packages, construction documentation, and bid packages. Point-of-contact during CA, answerable to Senior Associates for monthly project and budget reporting. Responsible for periodic architectural quality
control and drawing reviews.

Sep 2015 - Apr 2020

Steven Stepien Building Designs, Melbourne, AU / Los Angeles, CA, Founding Principal

Key Accomplishments: Successfully completed commercial and residential projects:
1. Chow House remodel and extension in Los Angeles, California
2. Mahone Bay Duplex, a new ground-up residential project in Mahone Bay,
Nova Scotia
3. Dean Residence remodel and extension in Melbourne, Australia
4. Sunshine Polish Community Center façade, entry, and ADA upgrades in
Melbourne, Australia

General Responsibilities: Project acquisitions, office marketing, developing new, and maintaining existing client relationships. Fee proposals, programming, scheduling, and project budgeting. Responsible for all project phases.

Jun 2009 - Mar 2018

nonzero \ architecture, Santa Monica, CA, US, Project Manager / Designer

Key Accomplishments: Successfully completed two recording facilities:
1. NPR West’s Radio Studio remodel in Culver City, CA
2. ELBO Music Composition and Production Studio tenant improvement in
Glendale, CA
Key milestones achieved:
1. Procured a difficult change of use and parking permit approval for a new
12,000 SF recording studio occupying a former storage facility located in
2. Procured planning and zoning administrator’s permit approvals for an
extremely challenging residential remodel located on a steep lot in the
Hollywood Hills.

General Responsibilities: Managing multiple projects through all phases, including project administration. Other responsibilities included establishing the office drawing templates for Archicad, vetting typical details, and updating the drawing standards for the office.

Mar 2014 - Sep 2015

Jeannette Architects, Long Beach, CA, US, Architectural Designer

General Responsibilities: Construction documentation and CA on multiple residential projects. Prepared LEED certification applications. Met with city planners, prepared zoning analysis, and project programming documents.

Oct 2013 - Mar 2014

Rothe Lowman Architects, Melbourne, Victoria, AU, Job Captain

Key Accomplishments: Successfully completed one 5-story luxury residential building:
1. Yarra Terraces in Melbourne, Australia.
Key milestones achieved:
1. Completed Documentation of Clara Q, a 32-story residential tower with a
budget of $30M on schedule.
2. Obtained permit approval on Tip-Top, a 187-condo, multi-use $100M
development, which included a complex heritage overlay application.

General Responsibilities: Managing the timely delivery of construction document packages. Assisted with CA including coordination with consultants, dissemination, and issuing of all architectural drawings, including SK’s and RFI responses. Involved in bid leveling and value engineering exercises and meetings. Responsible for client presentations and apartment marketing packages.

May 2010 - Sep 2012

Bates Smart Architecture & Interior Design, Melbourne, Victoria, AU, Architectural Documenter / Student Architect

Key Accomplishments: Successfully coordinated documentation on two multi-residential projects:
1. Convesso Concavo, a 45-story residential tower with a budget of $200
million. Responsible for the refinement and detailing of the curtain wall
glazing system.
2. 150 Clarendon, a 12-story luxury residential with penthouses with a
budget of $75 million.

General Responsibilities: Documentation, and assisting with CA. Including issuance of SK’s and RFI responses. Coordinating junior staff workflow. Worked with interior designers to deliver marketing packages, and coordinated with consultants.

Mar 2008 - Dec 2008

TM Design Group, Inc., Port Melbourne, AU, Senior Architectural Documenter / Student Architect

Key Accomplishments: Successfully completed multiple hospitality remodels (bars, gambling venues, restaurants, community-sporting facilities) with project budgets between $1-3 million dollars.

General Responsibilities: Prepared client and key stakeholder design presentations, responsible for the timely delivery of architectural documentation packages. Assisted senior staff with construction administration on hospitality projects.

Mar 2005 - Dec 2007

Henderson & Lodge Architects, Melbourne, AU, Architectural Documenter / Student Architect

General Responsibilities: Assisting senior architects with design concepts and feasibility studies, schematic design, and client presentations. Prepared documentation packages, involved in client and key stakeholder meetings, and worked on planning reports for city submissions.

Aug 2004 - Mar 2005

Valastro Building Design Pty. Ltd., Essendon, AU, Architectural Documenter / Designer

Key Accomplishments: Effectively lead a team in project design and the timely delivery of architectural documentation on several residential projects.

General Responsibilities: Historic building and property code research and analysis. Preparing planning reports and specialized architectural documentation packages for heritage-listed residential projects.

Mar 2002 - Aug 2004

Andrew Kirk Designs, Burwood, AU, Junior Draftsman

General Responsibilities:
Preparing documents under the guidance of the founding principal.

May 2001 - Dec 2001


Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria, MArch, Master of Architecture (Design)

The Master of Architecture programme provided me with a specialist education, building upon an established background in architecture and built environment studies. It offered me advanced studies in cultural, historical, technological, design, environmental and theoretical knowledge, and helped me developed the ethical, evaluative and research frameworks which underpin the architecture field.

The Master of Architecture degree was designed to allow incorporation of the final units required to fulfill the academic requirements needed for professional accreditation and registration of graduates in Australia and abroad.

This course is accredited (within Australia) by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

Mar 2009 - Nov 2009

Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong, BArch, Bachelor of Arts (Architecture)

The Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) course now known as Bachelor of Design (Architecture) comprised cutting edge content from the latest research and is designed with a global perspective. The course placed an emphasis on real work applications, which allowed me to study architecture from day one.

During the course, my studies explored architectural ideas, history, philosophy, design and communication as well as building science and technology. The course was designed to meet the needs of students who ultimately intended to complete the Master of Architecture course and practise architecture.

Some of the units I studied included Austral-Asian Architecture, Architecture Design, Graphic and Coded Communication, Building Materials Science, Computer Aided Modelling and Construction and Structures.

Mar 2004 - Nov 2008

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), City Campus, Dip. Building Design & Drafting

This 2-year program, now known as Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), focused on the practical and technical application of design skills. During the course I learned about the presentation, documentation and architectural workflow processes for building projects that engage with the site, user needs and the environment.

This was a hands-on program that helped me develop specialised skills and knowledge through a variety of learning experiences from freehand drawing to digital applications that augment architectural workflows, construction technology and documentation processes.

The key features of this program were:

+Innovative and sustainable design
+Problem solving
+Structural and construction technology
+Project documentation
+Architectural project administration.

During the course, I learned to communicate and work effectively with a variety of stakeholders including regulatory authorities and a wide range of consultants associated with the design, construction and building services that is common in a real working environment.

Mar 1999 - Nov 2000


WINNER - Renovated Building Award - 2019 LABC Architectural Awards - Erewhon SM, 1st Place

WINNER - in the category of Renovated Buildings


WINNER - SCDF Design and Philanthropy Award - Erewhon SM, 1st Place

WINNER - in the category of Commercial | Mixed Use (including retail, hospitality, corporate commercial, entertainment)


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