Stephen Knowles Joins HDR as Dallas Design Principal

Stephen Knowles, AIA

Stephen Knowles, AIA, has joined HDR as design principal for the firm’s Dallas, Texas, architecture practice. A 30-year veteran of the profession, Stephen is well-known for engaging a collaborative process that considers the technical, environmental, economic, and social impacts for workplace, hospitality and residential projects. He advances innovative solutions that integrate the site, surrounding resources and local culture.

As design principal, Stephen will work to connect and support HDR’s design excellence initiative to the firm’s project work throughout Dallas and the surrounding communities. His priority, he says, is to “balance supporting a studio culture committed to design excellence with researching building craft and exploring concepts for architecture and urban design.”

Stephen spent the majority of his career in the Midwest, but is excited about this new opportunity to lead the Dallas design studio, where he also hopes to continue his work supporting the activities of local chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute as well as academic institutions that focus on sharing knowledge that helps improve the built environment. Formerly with HLKB Architecture and briefly with AECOM, Stephen also served as an adjunct professor for architecture at the Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Through that experience, he has discovered a passion for the influence of knowledge through making, especially how the maker culture has latched on to technologies and material exploration that will impact how buildings perform, look and get experienced.   

Stephen holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and a Real Estate Development Certificate from the Urban Land Institute’s Building a Foundation. Among his most memorable accomplishments: having two projects receive national AIA awards for design excellence as well as awards from Business Week for helping clients achieve their goals through great design;  his work as editor of “Iowa Architect” magazine; and being invited to be a guest lecturer at Taliesin in Spring Green.