I Am AIA:
Steve grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in construction management. In 1999, he moved to Seattle and joined Schultz Miller, a builder of high-end, custom homes, where he began as a project manager, moved into larger roles, and became an owner in 2012.
WHY DID YOU JOIN AIA SEATTLE?
I joined AIA Seattle to broaden my professional relationships and gain exposure to the architectural field outside of residential design. I enjoy seeing what the larger design community is doing. In the end, I’m in this field because I love building and architecture. I appreciate the creativity that architects bring to a project. It’s exciting to watch designers push the limits and see what they can come up with.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF AIA TO YOU?
It’s not only the personal relationships that I value about my connection to AIA but also the opportunity to discover new technologies, continue my education, and learn something about the design and construction process from the architect’s point of view. For a building project to be successful, it’s important for us as builders to have at least some idea of where everybody on the team is coming from so that we can best support them.
WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
In my position as an owner, I’m able to touch a lot of the projects we do, which range from large, new home construction and remodels to smaller kitchen projects and service work. While I’m not involved in the day-to-day management of these projects, I’m connected to each project in a way that allows me to support the client’s needs with an additional set of eyes. I’m able to step back and look at a project from a different vantage point, perhaps recommend a subcontractor who would be a good fit or suggest a construction technique that overcomes a challenge or improves efficiency. I like to think that my involvement benefits the architect as well as the client.