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Steve McDonald



"I can only hope a fraction of the excitement I feel in building details is felt by its occupants as they get to know their surroundings."

Steve’s desire to create vibrant sustainable-living communities threads through every housing project he helps design. Crafting a solution that incorporates social and technical elements of architecture into tangible structures that can be touched and appreciated at a pedestrian level is his passion.  Whether it’s through the expression of materials or via systems such as rainwater drainage, he delves deep into the technical details to create beautiful and buildable solutions.

Steve spent his childhood moving between all four corners of the country, where he found excitement in every new residence.  As an architect, he’s recreated that excitement in the buildings he’s designed. One of his favorite moments is walking through a site under construction, discussing new strategies with tradespeople, and seeing how their observations can influence the next design.

Our Perkins Eastman

Steve oversees the technical design quality of work in the Northwest and British Columbia for VIA—A Perkins Eastman Studio. He brings a well-grounded thirty-two years of housing and transit experience to each project, and focuses on details that enrich the experience of architecture.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (206) 812-1313
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  • Education

  • University of Florida, B.A. Design in Architecture
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional