Stephen J. Farneth

FAIA, LEED AP / Founding Principal
Stephen J. Farneth

Steve’s design work has given some of the nation’s most prominent architectural sites and buildings new life over the past four decades. With an equal commitment to process and product, he rolls up his sleeves and sketches out ideas with clients to generate concepts collaboratively, and enjoys working with diverse teams on projects with complex issues. Testament to his combination of design, problem-solving, and relationship-building skills, his clients regularly return with new projects. Steve brings an active and nationally recognized presence in the international preservation community as Vice Chairman of the US Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and as a previous steering committee member of the Getty Institute’s Seismic Adobe Project. He has served on the Executive Committee of the California State Historical Building Safety Board for over 10 years. Steve has sensitively guided the design and rehabilitation of some of the nation’s most prominent architectural sites and buildings including The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, The Huntington Art Gallery and the Education and Visitor Center in San Marino, Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate in Sausalito, and University of Virginia’s Garrett Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia. Steve leads ARG’s Sustainable Design Studio, creatively integrating the goals of sustainability and preservation into all of ARG’s planning and design projects.

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