Peter Steinbrueck, FAIA





Seattle Port Commissioner, Nationally recognized architect, urban environmental policy expert, strategist, community planner, writer, lecturer, and speaker


Professional Skills Licensed architect, State of Washington, #6593 Architecture, Design, Community and Sustainability Planning, Resilience, Land Use, Zoning and Development, Institutional Master Planning, Research and Data Collection, Urban Environmental Planning and Community Assessment, Historic Preservation, Strategic Planning, Government and Public Policy, Team-building and Collaboration, Business Management, Budgeting, Systems Development, Negotiation, Community Relations, Facilitation, Media and Communication



2018-2021 Seattle Port Commissioner (elected 2018) President, Port Commission 2020


2008 – Present Principal, Founder - Steinbrueck Urban Strategies, LLC

Steinbrueck Urban Strategies is a public interest-oriented professional consulting firm which assists municipalities, public agencies and institutions in architecture, planning, urban design, assessments and research, to advance mission and environmental performance of facilities through planning and design excellence, best practice sustainability strategies, and green infrastructure. For a description of representative projects, skills and expertise, please see


Community volunteer urban policy thought leader, writer, commentator, academic lecturer, keynote public speaker


2010 Harvard University Loeb Fellow – GSD, Kennedy School, year-long urban studies research, emphasis in urban environmental policy and sustainable cities in the U.S.


2008 Visiting Design Studio Instructor, Architecture Department, University of Washington College of Built Environments 


2003 – 2007 Seattle City Councilmember

2001 – 2003 Chair: Urban Development and Planning Committee, Vice-Chair: Transportation Committee Member: Public Safety & Government Relations Committee


2001 – 2002 Seattle City Council President

Provided legislative and administrative leadership to nine-member City Council, managed legislative department with $7 million 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

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

1998 – 2001 Chair: Housing, Human Services & Civil Rights Committee; Vice-Chair: Culture, Arts & Parks Committee


1983 – 1997 Principal, Steinbrueck Architecture & Design

Architectural design consultant specializing in residential, commercial, tenant improvement, light manufacturing, and historic preservation


1976 – 1983  President, Steinbrueck Construction, Inc.

General contractor, residential and commercial building construction




2019 AIA Resilience and Adaption Certificate

2010 Loeb Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

1995 Architect Registration, State of Washington, No. 6593

1988 Master of Architecture, University of Washington

1979 Bachelor of Arts, Government, Cum Laude, Bowdoin College

1975 High School Diploma, Lakeside School




Vancouver, BC; London; Paris and Nante, France; Rome and Northern Italy; Berlin, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Bergen, Norway; Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden; Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Istanbul, Turkey; Mexico City, Oaxaca, Yucatan, Mexico




American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, AIA Center for Civic Leadership Founding Member, AIA Communities by Design SDAT; AIA Seattle Fellows and Honors Committee; University of Washington Urban Planning Professionals Council; United States Congress Livable Communities Advisory Board;  Core Member, Working Group for Sustainable Cities at Harvard University;  Washington Environmental Council (former board member); Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy; Sustainable Preservation in Washington State Advisory Committee (DAHP);  Seattle Library Foundation; Market Foundation, Walkable Livable Communities Institute; Feet First, United Indians of All Tribes Labateyah Youth Home, National Alliance to End Homelessness Advisory Council, Green Seattle Partnership, UW Special Collections Archives Advisory Council, Washington State Maritime Heritage Area, Steering Committee (2020)


Selected Recognition


2012 Outstanding Public Service Award, U.S. Federal Executives Board

2010 Harvard Loeb Fellow 2010, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Advanced Urban Environmental Studies

2008 Career Achievement in Historic Preservation, Washington State Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

AIA Seattle Community Service Award

Commuter Challenge Diamond Award

2006 Fellow, College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects

Seattle Magazine Most Influential People

Municipal League of King County Outstanding Elected

2003 Public Sector Achievement Award, National Alliance to End Homelessness

1999 Young Architect Award, American Institute of Architects