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. after two decades with global integrated design, engineering, planning and architecture firms. BUSS drives approaches for clients on the belief that urban systems need to be continually re-examined, re-engineered, and re-imagined to advance our biggest challenges. Through his work, Steven has seem power of bold, elegant solutions that bridge the built and natural environments that strengthen our neighborhoods, build economic prosperity and ensure health and wellness- all while working in concert with (not against) our natural systems.
Steven leads projects at scale all over the world, including masterplanning, community development, infrastructure planning and climate action planning projects for higher education, cultural, corporate, non-profit, and municipal clients. He bridges the technical and analytical work with community-driven solutions. Known for being a highly energetic and passionate individual, he pushes his clients and collaborators to think beyond traditional disciplinary and systems boundaries.
He lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA and supports several local initiatives, including Riverlife, Higher Education Climate Collaborative (HECC), and p4 Pittsburgh. In addition to VAI’s Council, he is an active member of ULI’s Sustainable Development Council.