Steven Stept

Steven, AIA, is an owner and Managing Partner of Feldman Architecture. Steeped in the ideals of California Modernism—indoor-outdoor living, open planning, and siting buildings to foster intimacy with the surrounding landscape—Steven translates the conceptual into a contemporary language for today. Recognized for his residential projects, his work employs a minimal yet rich palette of materials to provide a tranquil background against which life is lived. Among his notable projects are Pan’Orama House, an airy California retreat that contrasts refined and technical details with tranquil views, Round House, a uniquely crafted residence that skillfully plays with form, materiality, and geometry, and Slot House, a modern home that brings bold minimalism to Los Altos Hills. In addition to custom, single-family homes, his work encompasses a broad spectrum of building types, including multi-family residential developments, modular, sustainable prefabricated homes, commercial interiors, and institutional projects.

His interest in site conditions, whether urban or rural, underscores a passion for thoughtful and responsive design effortlessly attuned to program, client needs, site, and budget. For Steven, “The language of architecture is meaningless unless it fosters an intimacy between people and the environment in which we exist.” Materials, and connections between materials, become conduits to reveal and unite experience to environment. “Design doesn’t stop with the documents that are turned over to builders and craftspeople. The dialogue continues as details are refined and shaped through exploration and dialogue. Construction is where design decisions become real.”

Steven’s work, spanning 34 years of practice, has been widely published, including dozens of features in publications such as Dwell, Western Art and Architecture, Architectural Record, Arttravel, and many others. In addition, his work has appeared in journals and books in India, Turkey, Israel, China, and Australia. A number of Steven’s projects have been exhibited at Modernbook/Gallery 494 in Palo Alto, California, and at the University of California, Berkeley.

Steven is a member of the American Institute of Architects, is licensed in California, and a leader in the local architectural community. He is past Chair of the East Bay AIA Events Committee where he focused his efforts on creating programs to showcase local architectural design, international development, and awareness of architecture within the community. He was also founder and Chair of the 2011 and 2012 Home Tours, East Bay Living. Steven holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

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