Steve Banning AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Steve has been designing since 2008, involved in the planning, documentation and construction administration of a range of projects from multifamily housing to retail and higher education. 

Steve draws inspiration from working with our clients and tenants to solve complex design problems, leveraging his passion for computer technology to create photorealistic renderings that translate early conceptual napkin sketches into a snapshot of what the end user will experience. Outside PCA, Steve loves the outdoor life, competing in basketball leagues, and local 5K and bike races. 

  • I’m from  East Hampton, CT.

  • My education  M.Arch, Wentworth Institute of Technology

  • Why PCA?  We have a strong sense of community in our practice and that resonates with out clients, who keep coming back to us with new projects and challenges. Also, it's just fun to work here :)

  • My earliest design memory is  at around 6 years old, pretending to read blueprints alongside my father the contractor.

  • My favorite space is  the places in between the built environment that often don't get the accolades they deserve, like a well-designed and well-placed bench to sit and reflect.

  • A project I’m proud of is  the BRYNX. We were able to save a historic 1926 nursing/rehabilitation center and knit in two additions to create a new and vibrant apartment building.

  • A place that has affected me  The White Mountains, NH — the vast beauty of nature always inspires me

  • A material that excites me is  wood; I come from a line of framers and construction workers. Working with wood is in my DNA.

  • Building I wish I designed  Any skyscraper. The engineering and design challenges on those buildings are some of the toughest you may face. You have to be at the top of your game, and I would love the challenge.

  • On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me  hiking, biking, playing Frisbee — anything outdoors.

  • The nerdiest thing I do in my spare time is  play the occasional game of Risk with some old friends. We have been battling for world dominance as long as I can remember.

  • On my playlist  Bob Dylan, Stones, Zeppelin

  • The craziest thing I’ve ever done is  a cross-country road trip — we went on a whim, hardly planned it, camped in any open park we could find — and it ended up being the most memorable trip I've taken.