Emeritus Faculty, Architecture and Healthy Urbanism Programs

Michael Stepner

mstepner@newschoolarch.edu | (619) 684-8789


  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois
  • Advanced Study with Kevin Lynch, MIT, and Donald Appleyard, UC Berkeley

About Michael

Michael Stepner, FAIA, FAICP, served as San Diego City Architect from 1988 to 1992 and later for the San Diego Economic Development Corporation as director of planning and housing.

Honorary Degrees

  • Master of Architecture, NewSchool of Architecture & Design


  • Recipient: Michael Stepner Community Planning Design Award, San Diego Chapter AIA
  • Ellen and Roger Revelle Award, Citizens Coordinate for Century III
  • Thurgood Marshall Award for Community Leadership, San Diego Urban Corps
  • Distinguished Leadership Award for Excellence in Government, California, Chapter American Planning Association
  • Recipient: Crystal Globe Award from the San Diego Chapter of Lambda Alpha International (LAI)


  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Fellow, Institute for Urban Design
  • Fellow American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Faculty Associate, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Adjunct Professor, UCSD
  • Member, San Diego Chapter AIA
  • Centre City Project Area Committee
  • State Historic Building Code Board
  • Member and Director (Project Architect) Community Planning and Design Center, San Diego
  • Member, R/UDATS, ULI Advisory Panels
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