Architect, urban designer, planner and educator who advocates for equitable design and social and environmental justice in our cities.
Stefan’s passion for revitalizing and reimagining places has roots in a childhood spent in the Rust Belt where he experienced first-hand the impacts of declining industry. He works tirelessly to demonstrate how physical placemaking strategies can provide a means to empower residents, build social capital, and nurture community. Inspired by places of all scales and the work of those that advocate for public life within them, he skillfully brings diverse people, ideas, and opinions together to shepherd successful, productive and beautiful projects.
His work spans more than twenty years and includes mixed-income neighborhoods, downtown urban design plans, community revitalization strategies, and regional plans and codes across the US and abroad, and has been recognized by awards such as the Driehaus Form-Based Code Award, the CNU Charter Award, and the Hawai’i APA Outstanding Planning and Best Practice Award. He is also a devoted educator, teaching in the Urban Design program at the University of California, Berkeley, and frequently speaking on Urban Design, Form-Based Coding, Small Town and Rural Revitalization, and Infill/Missing Middle Housing.
Stefan's Thoughts & Work:
- Designing Neighborhoods for Safer Destinational Walking
- Progressive Planning & Revitalization Strategies in Rural California
- Soft Solutions to Preserve and Protect Huê´, Vietnam
- Huê´, Vietnam Workshop Follow-up
- Missing Middle Housing Opportunities in Small Towns and Rural Communities
- Missing Middle in Rural Communities
- Building Healthy Communities in South Kern County