Steven B. Canter

Steve Canter

Professional Title:  Architect

Education & Credentials:
B.A. cum laude, Fort Lewis College; Major: Business;  Minor: Psychology.
B.Arch. summa cum laude, University of Arizona

Steve has been an NCARB board certified architect, licensed in Arizona, Colorado, and California, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Steve is a LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and is EDAC certified in evidence based design.

Career Profile:

Steve is a skilled architect who enjoys both the art and science of architecture. Working within his own private practice and with other organizations and consultants, he has long been interested in issues relating to living environments, and maximizing and sustaining the value of capital real estate assets.

Canter Studio:  Currently focused on design programming, planning, workplace and residential design, Steve developed a project for the Prescott, AZ, Preservation Commission, creating a homeowner’s guide to historic preservation which won an Arizona Governor’s Award. Prior to, and concurrent with establishing his own studio, Steve’s career experience included working for:
Moshe Safdie & Associates: Planning and design for this internationally acclaimed architecture and planning firm included urban condominium design and investigating innovative office design concepts and specialized executive education facilities while working with a small campus master plan team for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business. Several projects were published. While in the Boston area Steve also served as adjunct design faculty for the Boston Architectural Center.

Abacus Project Management: Construction management for the Arizona School Facilities Board for public school renovation projects. Provided lender services for a diverse portfolio of clients. Projects included a Mayo Clinic laboratory/research building, urban apartment complexes, retail centers, and resort properties. Steve served as a lender's representative to the Navajo Nation.

Public sector: Experience included the County of Tulare, California; as facility planner and manager of the county's Capital Projects Division.   At Arizona State University he served as campus architect for the growing West campus and led a campus energy management task force that won an Arizona Governor’s Award.

Civic & Community Activities:

Steve believes in community service. A Rotarian since 1988, serving multiple clubs and districts, he is particularly committed to Rotary's RYLA programs, and is currently a member of the Rotary eClub of SW USA with members on six continents. In Prescott, AZ, Steve served on the Boards of Directors of both the YMCA and Project Shelter Inc. He assists his local fire district performing “Firewise” property condition assessments and has also assisted community based disability access groups in Arizona and California.   

Personal Profile:

A native of the Sonoran Desert, Steve is interested in issues surrounding habitation and dwelling, and considers architecture, viewed from the broad perspective of human history, to be a slow dance on the landscape. During his architecture studies, Steve had the honor of working with the late Emil Haury, UofA Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology; programming and developing design studies for a proposed National Monument at the historic "Snaketown" archeological digs.  As time allows, Steve enjoys hiking and backpacking Arizona and Colorado trails as well as the art and craft of painting, sculpture, enamel work, and photography. He also enjoys listening to music and skiing, a sport he first learned as an FLC student.