Gresham Smith Strengthens Corporate Design Leadership in Carolinas

July 31, 2019

Gresham Smith announces that Chris Steude, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, has joined the firm as an architect in the Charlotte office. He brings 16 years of experience in design and project management for a variety of public- and private-sector clients, with a portfolio focused on civic and safety projects. At Gresham Smith, Steude will apply his professional background to support the strategic growth of the Charlotte Corporate + Urban Design Studio through design leadership.

“Chris’s professional success is evidence of his exceptional level of engagement and commitment to client service,” said David King, AIA, NCARB, regional vice president at Gresham Smith. “He is passionate about the field of architecture and he continually searches for opportunities to advance the profession for the benefit of both clients and the community. Chris’s leadership and unique skill set will be a tremendous asset as we continue to grow our portfolio with the type of projects represented among our Charlotte leaders.”

“I look forward to bringing a diverse perspective to our Charlotte team and experience with public bidding, procurement and other areas that are unique to navigating public projects, as well as valuable experience with private-sector projects,” commented Steude. “There is nothing more valuable to me than helping a client realize their vision and positively impacting our community through quality design, and I believe communication is the number-one thing owners need to feel like they are taken care of and heard. I know my colleagues at Gresham Smith share my passion, and we are eager to continue raising the bar with the exciting projects we are delivering for our clients.”

Prior to joining Gresham Smith, Steude served as a project manager with Moseley Architects. There he worked on projects including the Lincoln County Courthouse replacement, New Hanover County DJJ Court, and the Goldsboro police station expansion and fire station. He also spent three years as a project manager at Stewart-Cooper-Newell. Steude is licensed architect in North and South Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.