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Former Executive Director of the School of Architecture | University of Nevada

Founding Partner | si_architecture + urban design


Dr. Steffen Lehmann, Assoc. AIA, AA. Dipl. (born in Stuttgart, Germany) is an internationally recognized educator, scholar, author, designer, scientific researcher, and strategic leader. He is a senior tenured Professor of Architecture & Urbanism, and former Executive Director of three schools of architecture, including the UNLV School of Architecture in Las Vegas. He is also Director of the interdisciplinary Urban Futures Lab, and CEO of the Future Cities Leadership Lab Institute (see links below), where he is translating a strategic outlook into programmatic initiatives and positive impact, dealing with a rapidly changing profession and transforming society. Before joining UNLV, Steffen Lehmann was a chair professor in the UK and the chair-holder of the UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Urban Development for the Asia-Pacific Region.

Steffen is an award-winning researcher and innovation consultant working with leading companies, cities, and various governments from around the world. Since 2002, he has been a tenured full professor in a range of leadership roles at four research-intensive universities, on three continents: in the U.S., the UK, and Australia.

He looks forward to highlighting how design thinking and the applied humanities have a vital role in tackling the enormous challenges cities and communities are now facing—from managing the impact of climate change, to supporting economic recovery and wellbeing.

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