Steve Fuchs is a southern California multi-disciplinary designer, educator, artist, surfer, and “family man.” His depth of knowledge ranges in scope from designing and fabricating complex art, interiors, and architectural systems for OMA, Bernard Tschumi, and Morphosis to designing, constructing, and managing digital design systems for mega-projects in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and the Middle East for Frank Gehry, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, including: Gehry’s The Grand, Beekman Tower, New World Symphony, Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, and a Guggenheim Museum, AS+GG’s 1 Dubai, and SOM’s Qatar Petroleum Campus. At Gehry Technologies, a research lab of architect Frank Gehry, Steve was a Senior Project Consultant that specialized in project organization, collaborative building information systems, parametric design, computer-based fabrication, and advanced 3D visualization.
As a design professional, Steve has owned his own practice and worked with an array of design ﬁrms to enable multidisciplinary strategies and solutions. He’s been recognized as an “Emerging Professional” by the National Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for being a leader in challenging the structure of design internship and taking introspective looks at disciplinary boundaries—asserting that creative professionals themselves are design currency. Steve’s collaborative work with Matter Design while at Panelite | Los Angeles as a lead designer included an entry in the 2006-2007 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s third Triennial exhibit, “Design Life Now.” The New York Times favorably reviewed the entry as “one of the show’s most brilliant and promising moments.” In addition, Steve’s been an invited participant to “Design Futures: The Interiors Entity” a global think tank of The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI); among his colleagues, he’s highly regarded for his insights about the future of design education and practice. Steve actively supports multiple charitable organizations, including: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and The Surfrider Foundation.
Artistically, Steve draws influence from Southern California’s design and action sports communities. Using single-surface fluid simulations, he continuously evolves a generative art series which has been the subject of gallery shows and academic publications, including a book titled The Art of Artificial Evolution: A Handbook on Evolutionary Art and Music (Springer, 2007). Series 1: “Butterfly Machines” evolved out of a fascination with breaking ocean waves as a parametric system. Series 2: “ArchiMusic” continues exploring the relationship between flowing surfaces using an interactive, computational environment. Series 3: “False Lono” attempts to realize these previously unmakable, generative surfaces, while testing and hacking the limits of many digital fabrication techniques used in the Maker Movement.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science & Technology from Thomas Edison State College, a Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and is currently engaged in a Doctor of Computer Science with a concentration in Emerging Media. Steve’s design thesis, Coversion: Interactive Community Solution Networks, seeks to enable massively participatory network platforms to radically challenge design expertise and educational methodologies given cultural and technological evolution by restructuring curriculum using design and fabrication as facilitators of project-based learning. Steve formerly co-led a graduate program at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, IL, and currently, he’s an assistant professor at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA, specializing in architecture, design, and digital fabrication.