Architect Steve Wiesenthal, FAIA, has dedicated more than twenty-five years of his career to campus planning and architecture for institutions of higher learning. Steve is energized by campuses as intentional communities devoted to the creation and dissemination of knowledge and is a connector—of people and places, ideas and insight—in the spirit of creativity. After six years with the design firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Steve served as campus architect for three of the United States’ most prestigious universities, including the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco. Most recently, in his role as Senior Associate Vice President for Facilities Services and University Architect for the University of Chicago, Steve oversaw the planning, design, construction, and facilities operations of the campus, initiating and implementing the University’s first campus-wide Environmental Sustainability Program.
Hailing from Washington, DC, Steve is based in the Studio’s Chicago office. An avid bicyclist—the ideal pace at which to absorb the world—and traveler, he collects old postcards, sketches, and practices watercolor painting. He enjoys collaborating with experts who specialize in the natural world, such as horticulturalists and landscape architects—people who know how to “make things grow.”
Steve is a member of the Association of University Architects and serves on the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Professional Development Committee and the University of Maryland School of Architecture Board of Visitors. He has formerly served as the Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Institutional Planning.
Registrations & Certifications
Registered Architect, Pennsylvania
Fellow, American Institute of Architects