Steven Lewis, 2016 Whitney Young Jr. Award Recipient
Steven Lewis is an architect and a tireless advocate for social justice and diversity within the field of architecture. In April of 2011, he launched "Thinking Leadership" - a consulting practice distinguished by a facilitated approach to collaborative problem-solving that enhances the ability of clients to achieve superior outcomes. In 2014, Steven joined the firm, TRC, as an Associate Vice President, representing the company to our Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority client for energy services. Steven was a Principal Project Manager with Pasadena-based Parsons Corporation beginning from 2008-2011, when he returned to Southern California after serving 4 years with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) as a Program Manager with the Office of the Chief Architect in Washington, DC. Prior to his arrival at GSA in January of 2004, Steve celebrated the 20th anniversary of RAW International, the firm that he co-founded in 1984 along with partners Roland Wiley and Steven Lott. Steve was admitted to the prestigious Loeb Fellowship program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the 2006-07 academic year. As part of his fellowship year, he organized a symposium titled “Forced Perspective.” Leaders from around the country responded to his call to come together to strategize on ways to dismantle structural inequality within the profession of architecture based on race, while forging a new paradigm within the profession of architecture – one that places a high value on diversity. January 1, 2009 marked the beginning of Steve’s two-year term as president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). More than anything, Steve is a facilitator of partnerships and alliances between groups and individuals who seek to use design to bring about positive change to our world.