Stephen Kieran, FAIA
A practicing architect, teacher, and author, Stephen Kieran is an important contemporary voice in discussions about the relationship between culture, ecology, and the built environment. Steve is a founding partner of KieranTimberlake, an architecture firm recognized for beautifully crafted, thoughtfully made buildings that are holistically integrated to site, program, and people. The firm's achievements reflect a strong commitment to the use of new materials and technologies to reshape the way we conceive of, and create, our built environment — a credo reflected in their early adoption of building information modeling and environmental analysis tools, their close collaboration with fabricators, and their ground-breaking engagement with materials scientists.
Examples include SmartWrap™, a mass-customizable building envelope exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Cellophane House™, a fully recyclable, energy-gathering dwelling exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the Embassy of the United States in London, which employs strategies to significantly reduce energy consumption and sets an agenda to achieve carbon neutrality. Steve’s own Loblolly House, a prefabricated home assembled on its Chesapeake Bay site, has gained worldwide attention for design innovation: it can be opened completely on one side to stunning bay views or sealed completely using technology borrowed from industrial applications never before applied in home construction.
Some of KieranTimberlake design innovations were the fruits of ground-breaking work done by Steve as a co-recipient (with partner, James Timberlake) of the first Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. Steve’s firm has also received numerous design citations including the 2008 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects, and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture from the Smithsonian Institution.
Steve currently teaches a graduate research studio at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, and has held professorships at the University of Washington, Yale, the University of Michigan, and Princeton. Much sought-after as a guest speaker in venues all over the world, Steve has co-authored five books on architecture, including the influential, refabricating Architecture.
He received his undergraduate degree from Yale, and an MA degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.