Steven W. Semes Architect
Steven W. Semes is a licensed architect with over twenty-five years’
experience in all aspects of professional practice and a leader in the field of
new traditional architecture. A native of Coral Gables, Florida, Mr. Semes
received his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia (Bachelor of
Science in Architecture, 1975) and earned a graduate degree from Columbia
University (Master of Architecture, 1980).
In 1999, he established his firm, Steven W. Semes, Architect, in New York
City and East Hampton, N.Y, specializing in custom residential projects,
mostly in eastern Long Island. The firm’s residential designs have attracted
notice in the press, including a cover story for Better Homes and Gardens
(July 2005), a feature article in Garden Living (March 2005) and mention in
The New York Times. The firm was a finalist in the 2005 LIBI Awards program
of the Long Island Builder’s Institute. In addition, the firm has undertaken
nonresidential work, including the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (in collaboration with Alvin Holm, AIA), which appeared
in the journal Sacred Architecture (Summer 2005).
Prior to founding his own practice, Mr. Semes was an associate and project
architect at leading architectural firms in New York and San Francisco,
including Johnson/Burgee Architects, P.C. and Cooper, Robertson & Partners,
LLP. In these positions, Mr. Semes was responsible for projects in nearly
every building type and in locations across the United States, including
private residences, office and apartment interiors, churches, theaters,
libraries, university buildings, office buildings, retail centers, historic
preservation projects, and urban design. He has been a licensed architect in
New York since 1983.
In 2005 Mr. Semes was appointed to the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Chair in
Architecture at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He has
been a Fellow and faculty member of the Institute of Classical Architecture &
Classical America in New York since 1991. He is the author of The
Architecture of the Classical Interior (W. W. Norton & Co., 2004) and a co-
editor of Georges Gromort’s The Elements of Classical Architecture (W. W.
Norton & Co., 2001). In addition, his articles have appeared in Traditional
Building, Period Homes, and the American Arts Quarterly, among other
Mr. Semes currently maintains offices in New York City and South Bend,
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