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Katia McClain Joins Steinberg as Managing Principal, Northern California

Steinberg announced today that Katia McClain, AIA, DBIA, LEED, AP BD+C has joined the firm in its San Jose office as Managing Principal, Northern California. As the leader of the Northern California region, McClain will cultivate the firm’s high performance culture with a focus on design excellence, thought leadership, and value creation for its clients.

“We have a tremendous legacy and deep roots in Northern California,” said Steinberg President & CEO David Hart, AIA, LEED AP. “Katia steps in to lead an excellent team that has a history of compelling work. With her leadership style and experience, she will reinforce our values across each sector, encourage community engagement, and foster the kind of firm-wide growth that benefits our longtime partners and newest clients alike.”

With more than two decades of experience designing and managing innovative projects, McClain is uniquely suited to steer the San Francisco and San Jose offices while collaborating across the firm to meet strategic goals. “Architecture is the business of people,” said McClain. “Meaningful interactions among designers, clients, and outside industry partners are necessary to create spaces that make people want to be there. As a young architect, I had a mentor who was able to convey the humanity behind design and I value taking time to have those same conversations to foster a collaborative environment within teams that I lead.”

Prior to joining Steinberg, she designed multifaceted, large-scale projects for commercial, civic, hospitality, and educational clients including: UC Santa Cruz, West Valley College, the County of Santa Clara, and the San Francisco Unified School District. A recognized thought-leader in the education sector, McClain is known for her innovative and highly-sustainable projects across California such as the LEED Platinum Business and Information Technology Building at CSU Monterey Bay and the LEED Gold and AIASF Design Award-winning Orchard School Library.

Through her leadership, she champions design that enhances the student experience and supports institutional progress.  While at LPA, Inc. San Jose, she grew the education studio into an integrated practice that helped clients achieve lasting visions for their projects.  “It is important that buildings designed today are agile enough to respond to advances we can’t yet imagine,” said McClain. “A building is not just an object, but an environment that can inspire the future. Steinberg’s commitment to creating buildings that will remain meaningful to people for years to come is one thing that drew me to the firm.”

Katia McClain received her Bachelor of Architecture from La Salle University in Mexico City and her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University. In addition to holding a membership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and earning a certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP BD+C, she is an active member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and a founding member of the AIA SVC Women in Architecture Committee.

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