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Steve  McConnell, FAIA, LEED AP

Architect, managing partner and board member of NBBJ, Steve McConnell oversees the firm’s global platform and its day-to-day operations — some 800 people networked across 12 offices, serving pioneering clients throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Together, Steve and his colleagues at NBBJ comprise a network of architects, interior and experience designers, innovators, clinical professionals, technologists, researchers and urbanists.

Drawing inspiration from the shifting patterns of contemporary life and economic forces, Steve believes in marrying the art of design with the science of high performance as a driving creative force to inspire and improve individual and organizational wellbeing. Recently, NBBJ was recognized as the most innovative architecture firm in the world by Fast Company and as a firm “redefining the future of practice” by Architectural Record.

Steve’s project work spans international, domestic, public and private markets. Highlights include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus, Hong Kong’s Asia World Expo, Reebok’s World Headquarters, and United States courthouses in Seattle, Billings and Bakersfield. His projects have received more than 50 awards from AIA, business, real-estate, industry and government programs.


IIDA Pioneers in Design, Plenary Dialogue Host on the Future of Design, San Francisco, SF, June 2019

Puget Sound Business Journal Annual Forum, Relevance Adventure, Seattle, WA, April 2018

American Institute of Architecture Students Forum, Key Note: Cascades, Seattle, WA, December 2018

Urban Land Institute, Spring Meeting, Boom Town: Seattle’s Journey to Hyper Growth, Seattle, 2017

Design Futures Council: Leadership Summit on the Business of Design, Relevance Architecture, New York, NY, 2015

Design Futures Council: Leadership Summit on Design Innovation, Creating Innovation Value, La Jolla, CA, 2011

Green Building Design and Strategies Conference, Key Note: How a Culture of Collaboration & Technology Enable Sustainable Design Excellence, Kuala Lumpur and Manila, 2010

Chandavarkar & Thacker Lecture Series, Change Design: Architecture as the Ultimate Business Tool, Bangalore, India, 2008

Rotman School of Management Key Note Address, Maximizing Productivity and Encouraging Innovation through Design, Toronto, 2007


Fast Company Design Awards Jury, Space, Places and Cities Category, June 2018
Canadian National Music Center, Design Jury, 2009
AIA Honor Awards for Washington, Chair, 2006
Design Futures Council, Executive Board
Homes Without Boundaries, Seattle, Founding Board Member, 1997-2003
Seattle Children’s Museum, Board Member, 2000-2003
Seattle Architectural Foundation, Board Member, 1996-1998
Seattle Public Library, Architectural Council Chair, 1996