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Stefan Pellegrini
  • Education: Master of Urban Design, UC Berkeley; BArch, Notre Dame
  • Memberships: AICP, APA, NCARB
  • Dog Breed: Sighthound
  • Bicycle: Yes

Stefan Pellegrini, RA, AICP, LEED AP, Principal

Stefan Pellegrini’s educational degrees and professional experience in both architecture and urban design make him an expert project leader at all building scales, from single-family homes to regional plans. He has extensive experience traveling and teaching workshops abroad, a roster of groundbreaking and award-winning projects to his credit, and he is uniquely skilled at bringing diverse people and opinions together at the table to resolve conflicts and turn disagreements into productive projects. Adept at analyzing a place and drawing his ideas on paper, with a passion for traditional architecture, Stefan meticulously considers every aspect and angle of a project to create beautiful places and spaces that thrive.

His strong interest in revitalizing places, especially rural small towns and inner-city areas, comes from a childhood spent in the rust belt town of Muncie, Indiana, seeing first-hand the impact of declining industry. Before joining Opticos in 2002, Stefan brought this understanding to his work at the nationally renowned firm Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At UDA, he was a senior designer and project manager for over 50 urban design and architecture projects—including groundbreaking plans that redesigned public housing into mixed-income communities through the HOPE VI program in five states (one of which won an AIA Honor Award for Urban Design), and new housing developments in North Carolina and Alabama. He also played an instrumental role in UDA’s resurrection of Architectural Pattern Books.

Stefan brings an international perspective to the firm. The recipient of a number of fellowships, including the prestigious Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Foundation Urban Design Traveling Fellowship, he has spent months studying architecture and planning all over the world, including Scandinavia, North Africa, and Southern Europe. He teaches a number of international design workshops in Mexico, China, and Japan, and he is a lecturer in the Urban Design program at the University of California, Berkeley—all of which gives global depth and understanding to his work. In addition, Stefan is fluent in Italian.

When not traveling or working, Stefan explores his own very mixed-use neighborhood in San Francisco either on foot or on his bicycle and often accompanied by his two sighthounds. He takes public transit to work every day. He’s also an avid cook.