Steve Weiss is the principal and founder of Weiss Architects. He established WA in 1998 after 28 years of experience in two of Chicago's premier architecture firms. Steve serves as principal designer of all of WA's projects and provides oversight management for all of our endeavors. Steve's designs incorporate functional pragmatism with a particular emphasis on structure and materiality.
Bachelor of Architecture (1973), Illinois Institute of Technology followed by graduate work in city and regional planning.
Registered Architect in Illinois, California & 22 other states. NCARB Certificate.
1972-1983: Booth & Nagle, Booth Nagle & Hartray and Booth/Hansen Assoc.
1983-1998: Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates, Principal
Steve was elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1995. He served as the president of AIA Chicago in 1990 and as a member of the National AIA Contract Documents Committee from 1988 to 2008, during which tenure he was involved in drafting A201-1997 and A201-2007 and all of the digital practice documents, among others. He was Chair of the Documents Committee in 1992 and 1993 and Chair of the Digital Practice Committee and Electronic Documents Task Force at various times.
Steve speaks regularly around the country on the practice of architecture and the workings of the construction industry. He serves as a construction arbitrator under auspices of the American Arbitration Association and is an AIA representative on the AAA National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee.