Steve Ziger, FAIA

When you hear Steve laugh you won’t be able to help but laugh with him. His joy is not his only contagious quality. His life-long passion for design excellence, appreciation of art, and commitment to the community inspire the studio and our clients. His humility, integrity, and insight make him a skilled consensus builder, focusing a broad team toward a unified and distilled design vision for each project. He is a hands-on Design Partner, ever present during the entire evolution of a project. There is a unique expression for each of Steve’s projects, yet together they can be read as a life’s oeuvre to improve the quality of life in his beloved Baltimore. His commitment to design excellence contributed to his elevation to the AIA College of Fellows in 2018. Today, Steve dedicates a large percentage of his time serving on philanthropic boards, school boards, and boards for community and arts organizations. Through this service, he shares with contagion his optimism for the future and hope for the next generation.


University of Illinois
Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1977


Registered Architect: Maryland, 1982; Ohio, 2009

NCARB Certified

2018 AIA College of Fellows


Maryland Historical Trust
   Statewide Preservation Advisory Committee, 2018

AIA Kansas City Excellence Awards
   Jury Member, 2016

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
   Gala Co-Chair, 2016

Station North Arts & Entertainment District Board, Trustee 2010-2019

Baltimore Community Foundation
   Committee on Trusteeship and Governance 2018-
   Executive Committee 2018-
   Race, Equity & Inclusion Committee 2013-
   Trustee 2010-
   Strategic Plan Task Force Co-Chair 2016
   Arts and Culture Committee 2003-2014
   Race, Equity & Inclusion Task Force 2011-2012
   Development Committee 2010-2014

Baltimore Design School, Founding Trustee 2010-

Kea Distinguished Professor at University of Maryland School of Architecture, Fall 2009

William G. Baker Fund, Trustee 2008-

Maryland Public Art Commission, 2007-2013

Governor’s Transition Team for Growth Management and Planning, 2007

Baltimore Museum of Art
   Facilities Committee 2002-2010
   Trustee 2006-2010

Maryland Humanities Council, Trustee 2003-2009

Baltimore County Design Review Panel, 1997-2003

Parks & People Foundation, Trustee 1995-2021

The Contemporary Museum
   Trustee 1994-2003
   President 1997-2002

State of Maryland Architectural Design Review Board, 1994-2014

Baltimore Chapter American Institute of Architects, President 1992

Learning Independence through Computers (LINC)
   Trustee 1991-1999
   President 1996-1999

The Woodbourne Center, Trustee 1991-1997

Baltimore Architecture Foundation, Vice President 1990-1992
   Co-Founder Urban Design Team, 1990
   Co-Founder of Kids-in-Design Program, 1989


Steve Ziger, FAIA - Partner