Steve explores ideas to make environments more responsive to the different ways people experience their surroundings, then finds practical ways to carry out those concepts.
As an Accessibility Specialist, Steve reviews multifamily housing plans and construction sites for compliance with Fair Housing Act accessibility standards. A background in design supports his approach for recommending reasonable and appropriate solutions to accessibility issues. Steve’s career of more than 30 years as an architect has concentrated on multifamily housing and residential senior care settings.
Affordable housing and senior care projects comprise a significant portion of Steve’s portfolio. This work has fostered a deep appreciation for the social equity and sustainability aspects embodied in those project types. He is an empathic and active proponent of intentional and inclusive design for memory care and senior communities. In the course of volunteer work early in his career, Steve developed a deep personal friendship with an isolated senior. Heightening his sensitivity to seniors’ unique needs, this experience exposed him to many relevant accessibility and universal design issues.
Sharing knowledge is important to Steve, through client relationships, mentoring, and professional community participation. He learns from others and educates decision-makers about the best means for creating environments that support people’s different abilities. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker, he frequently is invited to present at influential professional forums. Among these are Environments for Aging, Leading Age Illinois, and Pioneer Network conferences. Steve chairs AIA Chicago’s Design for Aging Knowledge Community and serves on the Pioneer Network Education Committee. He is a registered architect in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Michigan.