Steven Baumgartner

Director, Baumgartner Urban Systems Strategy

Steven is an engineer and planner specializing in integrated systems solutions for campuses, communities, and cities. He founded Baumgartner Urban Systems Strategy (BUSS) after two decades with global integrated design, engineering, planning, and architecture firms. He uses his experience, evidence (data), and empathy to find innovative solutions for his clients. Core to his passion is the belief that urban systems need to be continually reexamined, reengineered, and reimagined to advance our biggest challenges. Through his work, Steven has seen the power of bold, elegant solutions that strengthen our neighborhoods, build economic prosperity, and ensure health and wellness—all while working in concert with (not against) our natural systems. Steven lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and supports several local initiatives, including Riverlife, Higher Education Climate Collaborative (HECC), and p4 Pittsburgh. In addition to the Van Alen Council, he is an active member of ULI’s Sustainable Development Council