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Steve Parker


Partner Emeritus

  • University of Maryland l Bachelor of Architecture
  • 49 Years of Experience

From the very early beginnings of Grimm + Parker, Steve’s passions led to our founding principles: to create built environments that give meaning to our communities, service to our clients, and opportunities to learn and grow to our employees. This was codified into our mission statement: Creating Together: Meaningful Architecture + Client Success.

Steve is one of the leading educational planners in the country, having led the design process on over 250 schools for 24 school systems over his four-decade career. This work has been honored with over 230 awards, including all three of the highest national education awards: The James D. MacConnell, The Walter Taylor and The Shirley Cooper Awards.  Steve led our teams in developing pioneering concepts for 21st Century Learning Environments, STEM and CTE programs. He is known and respected for leading a collaborative process toward inspiring, sustainable learning environments, while respecting budget and schedule.

Steve has served on The National Board of Directors to the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB), which included 15 University Accreditation visits including the Canberra Accord; as a director of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) (further serving on 10 committees and task forces); the State Board of Architects and the State Architectural Review Board. He has also served as President for both the State and Local Chapters of the AIA; Adjunct Studio Instructor, University of Maryland School of Architecture; and the Board of Advisors, University of Maryland School of Architecture.

His many personal honors and awards include The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, NCARB; Paul Kea FAIA Medal for Distinguished Leadership, Service and Advocacy to Architectural Profession, PVAIA; and Distinguished Alumnus Awards from both the University of Maryland and University of Maryland School of Architecture.

Steve was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects – one of the highest honors in our profession. After a lifetime dedicated to the success of our clients and staff, Steve has retired from active practice and continues in an honorary capacity as Partner Emeritus of the firm.