Stephanie is the founder + creative director of Urban Matters.  She is a change agent and design opportunist dedicated to empowering communities through design.  Her 12+ years working in architecture and urban design in both the US and in Europe provides her with a breadth of experience in both the design and execution of built projects. Her approach to design has always been about placemaking; so when her career's journey took a fantastic turn working as an urban designer in the UK, the opportunity proved to be invaluable, combining her passion for people, cities, the environment and social change.  When it was time for her to return to the States, she chose San Francisco because of its social and environmental mindset.  She sees herself not only learning from San Francisco, but giving back to it and its surrounding communities, neighborhoods, and organizations that share her vision and values to not only improve the social fabric of our cities, but engage, educate and address many of the ensuing challenges our world presents.

An award wining designer, Stephanie obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver.  She is a guest tutor at Immersion Workshop and sits as a guest critic for the University of Colorado and California College of Arts.

In her spare time she enjoys running, painting, traveling, reading and listening to heartfelt stories of empowerment that remind her that one person can make a difference.




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