Last week, Weber Thompson announced the promotion of two new Principals and five new Associates. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to all of these outstanding individuals.This week, meet Brian Steinburg, a Senior Project Manager in Weber Thompson’s High-Rise Design Studio.
Brian Steinburg, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Sr. Project Manager
How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?
I was hired in 2000, so 15 years. The best thing about working at Weber Thompson is the people. I work with some of the most talented, hard working people in Seattle. It truly has a family feel within the office. This is no mistake, because the firm leadership has crafted this culture from the start.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment?
970 Denny, a 400’ residential tower in South Lake Union. Aside from being the Sr. Project Manager for the project, I’m doing a lot of the detailing, which I haven’t done for a while. It’s a refreshing change to be working at that scale again.
You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
It’s been a goal that I’ve held for a long time, so to finally achieve it means a lot. It’s the culmination of a lot of work, but I’m also energized for the next step.
We know you don’t work all the time. What do you do on a typical Saturday morning?
I’m the father of 2 girls, so usually we’re trying to get them out of the house and active. It might be soccer in the fall, a swim meet in the spring, walks around Green Lake, working in the garden in summer…or occasionally a trip to Top Pot Donuts for a treat.
Where do you find inspiration?
The most inspirational person in my life was my Great Aunt Aggie. She was a Sumi artist, and (although not professionally) an amazing garden designer, constantly revising and crafting her huge back yard. She taught me about the beauty of nature, and the contrast between the built environment and the natural world, but also how these can complement each other when designed right. In Sumi, the simple brush stroke with its shifting shades of grey has so much depth and character, then as detailed strokes are overlayed, abstract figures become real. It’s very architectural, and reminds me that great design comes from the simplest of strokes, reinforced by fine details.
Share a little about your background. What brought you to where you are today?
I grew up in Tacoma, attended the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), and moved to Seattle in 1996 to work with Mel Streeter at Streeter and Associates. Just out of school and not having a lot of professional drafting experience, my first job was essentially cleaning out old files that needed to be archived or thrown out. When I found a box of old, hand drawn details, I began drafting them and creating a library of details in my own time, teaching myself AutoCAD as I went. People noticed my self-motivation to increase my skill set and quickly incorporated me into project teams.
When I moved to Weber Thompson, one of my first projects (Cristalla) lost our Project Manager (PM) right before we began Construction Documents. As the only other person with significant project knowledge, I was challenged to take on the PM role, with support from other senior staff. Taking that challenge head on increased my confidence, infused me with project knowledge and propelled me to my current role managing high-rise projects.
These two moments were crucial to my development as an architect.
What is one of your current obsessions?
Podcasts. I love “The Moth”, “Serial”, “This American Life”…I love storytelling…but the one that I thought was somewhat thrilling was “Limetown” which is pure fiction. Podcasts have kind of brought back the golden age of radio, in a digital world.
What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
Gardening. It’s a constant experiment.
What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
Personally…I’m ready for some hiking and getting the girls out into nature more as the weather improves.
Professionally…I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead in my new role. Part of that includes taking a leadership role in mentoring our project managers.