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MARK STEELE

PRESIDENT, FAIA, AICP, NCARB


EMAIL    mark@mwsteele.com

 PHONE      619.230.0325 x4234

 


 

SELECTED RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:

 

Solana 101 | Solana Beach, CA | Mixed-Use Office/ Retail/ Residential

 

Rams Hill Master Site Plan | Borrego Springs, CA | Redevelopment and expansion of the existing Golf Resort Community toward an integrated Desert Community. Site Area: 3,000 acres - 2,000 dwelling units, hotel, SPA, commercial retail and services

 

Liberty Station / San Diego Naval Training Center | San Diego, CA | 

Re-Use Plan, Specific Plan and Design Guidelines for the

former Naval Training Center

As a founder of M.W. Steele Group, Mark Steele is nationally recognized as a visionary and a community leader.

 

Mark has contributed consistently to the community, most recently as Chair of the Barrio Logan Planning Committee and as a past Chairf of the San Diego Planning Commission. Mark utilizes his personal involvement with a wide range of issues as well as his ability to communicate technical and conceptual information as the basis for gaining community consensus. He is visible within the San Diego region as a proponent of responsible growth and design, and has helped to redefine the role of the architect within the development process. Mark and the firm have developed a reputation for providing innovative design skills while navigating complex political and public process and bringing people together.

 

While establishing M.W. Steele Group, Mark has earned the highest measure of respect for his ability to help clients strategically position both new construction and redevelopment projects to increase their value and their overall performance and viability. He brings in-depth understanding of zoning, design guidelines, and the complexities of public and private partnerships to our work. Mark offers a comprehensive and innovative approach to design, combining critical analysis of issues with architecture and urban planning.

Steve leads and oversees many of M.W. Steele Group's most complex projects. With more than 25 years in practice, 18 most recently with M.W. Steele Group, he has experience in a wide range of projects from large scale mixed-use urban to small intimate boutiques. Throughout this experience he has developed an understanding of the challenges involved in all phases of project development. As a Principal in the office, Steve provides significant design leadership during the evolution of a project from initial design through construction.

 

With a primary focus on the design aspects of the work, he has developed a thoughtful and creative approach to architecture throughout his career. He plays an active role in the generation and testing of design alternatives inspired by the goals of the client, sensitive to context and the community at large. In a firm committed to a collaborative effort, Steve’s communication skills and hands on approach lead to exciting and successful built solutions.

 

As a LEED Accredited Professional Steve has an interest in working towards energy conservation and environmentally-friendly building and construction methods.

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STEVE MILES

PRINCIPAL, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP


EMAIL     steve@mwsteele.com

PHONE    619.230.0325 x4236

 


 

SELECTED RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:

 

1Mission | San Diego, CA| A 5,300 SF mixed-use commercial, retail and
market- rate residential project that included historic preservation of an
existing building

 

The Mills at Cortez Hill | San Diego, CA | Mixed-use Project including
Historic Preservation and re-use of an Existing Home

 

1250 Prospect | La Jolla, CA | Renovation of a commercial complex on
Prospect street. Design included a contemporary, modern update to the
existing Spanish/Mediterranean architecture and opening up enticing views
to the ocean in order to create a stronger visual presence to the retailers
and restaurateurs

Diego Velasco

DIEGO VELASCO

PRINCIPAL, AICP, LEED AP


EMAIL    diego@mwsteele.com

PHONE      619.230.0325 x4237

 


BLOG POSTS:

The Design List - Summer Edition

July 29, 2015 

 


 

SELECTED RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:

 

University of San Diego Master Plan | San Diego, CA| Project Manager

Campus Plan and Architectural Guidelines for the University of San Diego Campus, including the expansion of their academic program, student housing, sports facilities and landscape design

 

The Beacon | San Diego, CA | Project Manager

44 studios of affordable permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals

 

Otay Central Village Specific Plan | San Diego, CA | Project Manager

Urban Design and Master Planning for a 227-acre Master Planned Community in Otay Mesa, San Diego

Diego Velasco is a Principal at M.W. Steele Group with more than 17 years if experience. Trained as both an urban planner and architect, he maintains a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to design that makes him versatile and diverse in his skills. His planning work at Steele Group ranges in scale and scope from Master Planned Communities to General Plans, Community Plans, Streetscape Design, Design Guidelines and Community Outreach.

 

Integral to this work, Diego often organizes and conducts workshops, charrettes and presentations with community stakeholders across San Diego and California. At the same time, Diego leads the affordable housing projects of the firm, engaging in design, documentation and construction of several multi-family residential buildings in the City of San Diego.

 

Diego holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington. He has worked in both the private and public sectors, and over the years, has been involved in his community at several levels. He was an elected member of the Centre City Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2010, a panel member of the Move San Diego Alliance and a speaker at San Diego APA events. He is also Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate urban design studio courses focused on critical planning areas in the City of San Diego. Diego was the Past President of Citizens Coordinate for Century Three (C-3) in 2014 and a frequent speaker at organizational event such as C-3, ULI and APA.

Michael P. Paluso, Associate Senior Manager at M.W. Steele Group, is a proven addition to the well-balanced and talented leadership team of founder Mark Steele and the firm’s principals Steve Miles and Diego Velasco.

 

Michael’s passion for architecture was framed within the idea that one could leave a positive, longstanding impact through the built environment. His belief system consequently has been shaped by a key lesson he has learned throughout his 10+ year career; honesty in materiality within architecture allows the structure to inform the final design.

 

Michael manages complex projects of varying sizes, scopes, and building types from the initial design through construction. Highly organized and detail oriented, Michael’s extensive knowledge base allows for him to develop creative solutions to complex
architectural problems. His commitment to the firm and subsequently every project he is assigned to shines through in each facet of his work including his sustainability efforts.


With a strong desire to improve the built environment and an emphasis to make the projects he works on sustainable, Michael is proud to have been part of the team on the Melvin Garb Hillel Student Center Certified LEED Gold project, a previous local affordable housing GreenPoint Certified project and most recently the Green Point Rated Wasco Farmworker Housing Project. With this ethos, Michael also volunteers on his church parishes’ architectural renovation committee adding his expertise to insure the historic and architectural
integrity be maintained.

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MICHAEL PALUSO

ASSOCIATE SENIOR MANAGER, Assoc. AIA


EMAIL      michael@mwsteele.com

PHONE     619.230.0325 x4241

 


BLOG POSTS:

Q+A | Michael Paluso 

April 9, 2015

 


 

SELECTED RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:

 

Wesley Palms Retirement Community | San Diego, CA | Project Manager NAHB Best of 55+ Senior Living Community On the Boards Award Winner - Renovation and redevelopment for a 35-acre mid-century modern campus including 162 patio homes and 122 tower residential units

 

Melvin Garb Hillel Center SDSU | San Diego, CA | Project Manager | New 13,000 SF Certified LEED Gold religious student center

 

Wasco Farmworker Housing | Wasco, CA | Project Manager | A 226-unit Green Point Rated affordable multi-family development over 17 acres that features a child development center, community center and medical clinic

CLIF SMITH

CLIF SMITH

Project Architect

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FRANCESCA BESTETTI

Project Architect

SAMANTHA WINLAND

SAMANTHA WINLAND

Design Assistant

TAYLOR MCGRADY

TAYLOR MCGRADY

Design Assistant

THAO DO

THAO DO

Design Assistant

GAELLE BRASSEUR

GAELLE BRASSEUR

Senior Urban Planner

FRANCES CARRILLO

FRANCES CARRILLO

Controller

JEFF GRAY

JEFF GRAY

IT Manager

MARKALA COMFORT

MARKALA COMFORT

Marketing Manager

VINCENT RIVERA

VINCENT RIVERA

Designer

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MELISSA GOLDFARB

Designer

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TRUPTI AMIN

Designer

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