Steve Wiesenthal, FAIA, is the Senior Associate Vice President for Facilities Services and University Architect for the University of Chicago. He oversees the planning, design, construction and facilities operations of the 211 acre, 13 million gsf campus during a time of unprecedented rate of growth. Steve initiated and implemented the University’s first campus wide Environmental Sustainability Program.
Steve came to Chicago in 2008 from the University of California San Francisco, where, as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect for eight years, he led the design and development of the new 43 acre, 2.6 million gsf Mission Bay research and academic campus. He also managed the ongoing engineering, operations, maintenance and capital program of the 8 million gsf multi-site health sciences campus.
He earned his Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and both his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland. From 1991-2000, he was the Associate Vice President, Architecture and Facilities Management at the University of Pennsylvania after six years as an Architect with the internationally renowned design firm of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.