Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen Quick

Stephen Quick

Adjunct Faculty, Architecture

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Stephen Quick is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University teaching the first semester design studio in the Masters of Urban Design program. Steve returned to teach in the Urban Design program in 2010, having taught in the Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs as an Adjunct Associate Professor between 1980 and 1994. 

Steve is a licensed architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. He is NCARB certified is a LEED accredited professional. In 2008 he became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Steve has practiced as a principal architect and urban designer in Pittsburgh since 1980 in his own firms and with Perkins Eastman Architects where he just completed a 17-year tenure. His work as a professional has focused on neighborhood, district and community design issues, city-wide and regional urban design and environmental policy, and the architecture of a variety of buildings serving special populations. Issues of diversity, social interaction, community identity, and the unique character of place are continuous themes of his work. Recent projects have included the impacts of economic and ecological sustainability and how these influence the practice of urban design. Steve has been active in community leadership in Pittsburgh and service to the profession on the national, state and local basis. His work has received awards in urban and regional design, architecture, and green building design.


Stephen Quick received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Cornell University, where he spent his second year of the graduate program as a Fellow at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City. He has served as a studio critic and given talks at several universities including Cornell, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, New York University, City University of New York, and the University of Pittsburgh. He has led seminars at conferences and conventions for the American Institute of Architects and GreenBuild.


Quick's research focuses on the respect of design as a civic responsibility, participatory urban design community projects and mixed-use buildings in an urban context, and the role that buildings and communities contribute to creating memorable places and the public realm.