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For nearly a decade, Peter Steinbrueck, FAIA, led the City of Seattle’s legislative efforts to develop and advance cutting edge sustainable practices in areas of public policy and planning for transportation, land use, building codes and development regulations. Examples of his many accomplishments include:

  • Developing smart growth management and land use strategies to support livable compact communities
  • The vision for Seattle’s Downtown Livability Plan to encourage more sustainable urban neighborhoods
  • An Urban Mobility Plan to replace aging elevated highway on the city’s waterfront
  • Establishing a uniform green development policy of LEED Silver
  • Development of the Seattle Green Factor for mixed-use projects to reduce the ecological footprint and expand green landscaping
  • Adoption of cross-system Sustainability Goals in the city’s 20 year Comprehensive Plan

Recently Steinbrueck worked with Seattle Children’s Hospital, one of the top ten pediatric care hospitals in the nation, to develop its 20 year, 1.5 million square foot  Facilities Master Plan. Other recent projects have included sustainability guidelines for the City of San Diego and revitalization of Philadelphia’s central Delaware riverfront.


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