Steven LEWIS. Principal at ZGF

Steven Lewis is widely recognized as one of the leading advocates for equity in architecture. His leadership includes serving as national President of NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) and being honored with the AIA’s Whitney M. Young Jr. award to recognize his ongoing work for equality in architecture. Lewis has worked in both the public and private sectors in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Detroit. He is now a principal leading the urban-design practice for the Los Angeles office of ZGF, where his projects include a $1 billion State of California office complex in Sacramento.   

Lewis has served as program manager at the Federal GSA Office of the Chief Architect in Washington, D.C. where he worked with the Design Excellence Program, “creating a legacy of civic architecture for our time.” A graduate of Syracuse and a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Lewis oversaw the creation of a community center in South Africa. He also served in the Detroit Planning Department as Design Director under Maurice Cox, with the ambitious mission of helping to revitalize the city’s outlying neighborhoods and was a professor of practice at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.  “Advocacy,” says Lewis, “has been an integral part of my identity, both as an architect and as a Black man.”