Stephen M. Bartlett


“I strive to make spaces that sing – places that are memorable, functional, and facilitate interaction and the development of community.”

Steve joined Ballinger in 1999 and provides clients in the academic and corporate sectors with integrated design solutions that fuse expressive architecture with high-performance engineering. Steve’s aptitude for reflecting a client’s institutional culture and capturing their aspirational vision has been particularly apparent in his work on science buildings. Clients like Johns Hopkins University, the Wistar Institute, American University, and the University of Maryland have all benefitted from Steve’s ability to celebrate the everyday processes of science.

key information


Academic, Civic & Cultural, Science, Workplace


Harvard University,
Master of Architecture

University of Maryland,
Bachelor of Architecture



Years at Ballinger


Exterior of Virginia Commonwealth University STEM building

VCU STEM Building wins Golden Hammer Award

November 07, 2023

Exterior of American University building at dusk

Programming and Planning Options: Strategies for Collaborative STEM Buildings

November 06, 2023

Exterior of American University Hall of Science

Greenbuild Tour of American University Hall of Science

August 09, 2023

Group photo at Virginia Commonwealth University STEM building

VCU STEM Building Opens

April 27, 2023

Interior of Salk Hall at University of Pittsburg

Salk Hall Achieves LEED Platinum

January 30, 2023

Exterior of University of Pennsylvania’s Pennovation Lab

Pennovation Lab Certified LEED Silver

January 16, 2023

Booths with tables and TV screens

Agile Workspace Featured in Context Magazine

August 28, 2022

A Year of Discovery at AU’s Hall of Science

January 15, 2022

American University Hall of Science Wins IIDA Award

January 07, 2022

Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building Certified LEED Gold

December 20, 2021

2021 AIA Philadelphia Design Awards

December 07, 2021

Sustainability at American University’s Hall of Science

December 03, 2021

Two Years in Flight

October 12, 2021

Recognition for Technological Achievement

May 28, 2021

VCU STEM Building Taking Shape

February 16, 2021

Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building Wins Interior Design Award

December 17, 2020

ILSB Recognized for Collaborative Process

November 13, 2020

ILSB Recognized by AIA Maryland

October 08, 2020

University of Maryland Baltimore County Project Featured in Context Magazine

May 11, 2020

Philadelphia-Based Researchers Work Towards COVID-19 Vaccine in Ballinger-Designed Labs

April 28, 2020

ILSB Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

October 10, 2019

Headshots of new principals

Ballinger Announces Expanded Firm Leadership

October 02, 2019

A. James Clark Hall Featured in Context

April 06, 2019

UMBC rendering

SCUP Tours Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at UMBC

March 20, 2019

A. James Clark Hall Awarded LEED Gold

December 05, 2018

A. James Clark Hall Wins AIA Pennsylvania Award

November 16, 2018

Innovation Hubs and Incubators Drive Academic Research to Commercialization

October 12, 2018

Ballinger and Penn Lead Tradeline Session on R&D Maker Spaces

April 30, 2018

AIA PA Award

Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Labs Achieves LEED Platinum

January 14, 2017

University of Maryland Clark Hall - Ballinger

Tradeline Report: Convergence Drives New Approaches to Strategic Planning

July 29, 2015

Johns Hopkins University - Ballinger

Ballinger Presents Post-Occupancy Data at Tradeline

May 28, 2015

Tradeline Features Ballinger’s Laboratory Renovation

February 19, 2015

Ballinger Explores Convergent Environments at Tradeline Conference

November 18, 2014

The New Research Facility Value Metrics: Interaction, Sustainability, Project Quality

May 10, 2013