As a recognized leader within the studio and by our clients, Stephen Harris prides himself in taking on projects that that offer complex design or political challenges. As a design team leader, he is focused on advancing Pickard Chilton’s expertise and leadership with recent repositioning, mixed-use, and multi-family residential projects.
Stephen has been a key design team member for a variety of complex projects of varying scale and program. He is currently leading the design for 600 Fifth, a 400,000 gsf repositioning in the heart of historic Washington, D.C.; a new 800,000 gsf headquarters tower for Mutual of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska; and a confidential multi-phase multi-family and lifestyle development. Previously, he led Pickard Chilton’s first design-build project, the Minnesota Senate Building in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a key designer for the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 609 Main at Texas in Houston, Texas; and, the OLC Integrated Development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In addition to practicing architecture, Stephen leads the many facets of the studio’s operations, including working with the other Principals to advance business development, strategic planning, and recruiting efforts. He is a frequent lecturer and design critic at the undergraduate and graduate levels and served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Hartford, teaching the curriculum’s final undergraduate design studio. He was also featured as a panelist for Engineering News Record’s 2021 Top Young Professionals Conference, speaking on the post-pandemic future of the profession.
Stephen received a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College, majoring in Studio Art and Latin and graduating magna cum laude. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas, focusing on sustainable design and the craft of architecture. Stephen was one of eighteen architects from across the country selected for the inaugural class of the AIA Leadership Academy, a three-year program designed to foster leadership, innovation, and mentorship for leaders in the profession.