Stephen Knowles

Stephen Knowles, AIA

Design Principal

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 mixed-use projects. He advances innovative solutions that integrate the site, surrounding resources and local culture. As design principal, Stephen works to connect and support our 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's an advocate for exploring 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. He's especially interested in how computation has empowered fabricators, manufacturers and contractors to achieve a higher level of complexity that can empower the imagination of creative teams through modular and pre-fabricated approaches. These new makers, he says, “are opening up new possibilities for designers to re-shape the built environment with ideas that take advantage of these innovations of building craft.”