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Peter Steinbrueck, FAIA is a nationally recognized architect, design strategist, community planner, and public policy thought leader. As a former three-term Seattle city council member from 1997 to 2007, Steinbrueck led numerous legislative efforts in to advance innovative urban policies in comprehensive planning, land use and development, parks, housing, energy, water conservation, municipal waste reduction, transportation and urban mobility. During his tenure on the City Council, Steinbrueck was appointed to the King County Regional Policy Board, Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board, and served on the Executive Board of the Association of Washington Cities. In 2008, Steinbrueck founded Steinbrueck Urban Strategies, LLC to optimize performance of urban infrastructure, support design excellence in the public realm, and advance mission of non-profit organizations, institutions, and municipalities through break-through strategies.

Steinbrueck was a Core Member of the Harvard Working Group for Sustainable Cities, and is a founding member of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership, and member of AIA’s Sustainable Design Action Team (SDAT). Steinbrueck was a founding board member of Futurewise, has served on the boards of the Washington State Environmental Council, Walkable Livable Cities Institute, Feet First, and Seattle Library Foundation, In 2012, Steinbrueck was honored with the Outstanding Public Service Award by the U.S. Federal Executives Board.



Work Experience

2008 – Present

Principal, Steinbrueck Urban Strategies, LLC
2010 Loeb Fellow at Harvard researching sustainable urban policy among U.S. cities, visiting instructor, University of Washington College of Built Environments, Writer,  Radio commentator, and Public Speaker

2003 – 2007

Seattle City Councilmember, Re-elected 83%

2001 – 2003

Chair: Urban Development and Planning Committee, Vice-Chair: Transportation Committee, Member: Public Safety & Government Relations Committee

2001 – 2002

Seattle City Council PresidentProvided legislative and political leadership to nine-member city council, managed legislative department with 7 million dollar budget, supervised three division directors and 70+ employees, provided strategic, key communication between Council and Executive, 19 Departments, agencies, organizations, media, and general public

1999 – 2003

Seattle City Councilmember, Re-elected 79%

2001 – 2002

Chair: Housing, Human Services, & Education Committee
Vice-Chair: Landlord/Tenant & Land Use Committee, Member: Culture, Arts, & Parks Committee

2001 – 2002

Chair: Parks, Education & Libraries Committee, Vice-Chair: Land Use Committee, Member: Finance & Budget Committee

1997 – 1999

Seattle City Councilmember, Elected 76%

1998 – 2001

Chair: Housing, Human Services & Civil Rights Committee, Vice-Chair: Culture, Arts, & Parks Committee

1983 – 1997

Principal, Steinbrueck Architecture & DesignArchitectural design services specializing in residential, commercial, tenant improvement, light manufacturing, and preservation/restoration of historic structures

1976 – 1983

President, Steinbrueck Construction, Inc.General contractor, residential and commercial building construction