Steve McDowell, Principal, Director of Design, BNIM

Steve McDowell, Principal, Director of Design, BNIM

mcdowellAs Director of Design, Steve leads studio directors, associates and designers at every level to produce architecture that celebrates site, environment, technical exploration and the joy of human life. His originality is creating a new definition of architectural practice in his city and across the country. Above all, he motivates others to go beyond their expectations. His design approach focuses on the space between buildings, the use of innovative materials and technology, and how to serve end users best. As a practitioner of holistic design, Steve looks at the totality of a space, its interior and exterior, and how this symbiotic relationship interests the user.

With his workplace functioning as a laboratory, he is instituting a practice that is founded on collaboration, with virtually no boundaries to peer critique, open exchange of ideas and free initiative.

His unique way of harnessing creativity within the firm’s projects has caused him to push the envelope of technical investigation. Steve’s leadership by design is setting new ground in cutting-edge projects at the University of Georgia, the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the North Charleston Noisette Community Development in South Carolina, just to name a few.