As an award-winning architecture & planning firm, M.W. Steele Group’s portfolio reflects a vision built upon our clients’ needs and our extensive experience. With projects based around the world, we are best known for the contextual quality of our work and the level of sensitivity to site evident in each completed project. We are also recognized for design and planning that is simultaneously innovative and based in reality. Our staff of professionals includes architects, certified planners, and urban designers.
"When M.W. Steele Group was founded over thirty years ago, quite a few colleagues perceived us to be going against the grain. Instead of selecting the projects that paid the most, we preferred to choose the projects based on the people who were part of them."-Mark W. Steele, President and Founder
M.W. Steele Group is centered around the communities our buildings serve, and the talented yet humble architects, planners and staff - all of whom we consider family - that make every project possible.
This counter-intuitive choice of ours, along with choosing to make urban planning integral to our approach rewarded us in many ways we never expected.
We have had the honor of working with like-minded clients and cemented long-term artistic collaborations with not merely influential people, but thoughtful leaders and mavericks. Like us, these clients believe in contextual architecture. They appreciate that they, and the structures they commission, are part of something greater than themselves and understand that planning and architecture can work to reinforce this concept.
The Beacon - San Diego Housing Federation Ruby Award - CSH Supportive Housing Award
University of San Diego Master Plan - Urban Design Merit Award - San Diego American Planning Association
Planning Firm Award - American Planning Association - San Diego Section 2017 Awards
Wesley Palms Retirement Community - National Association Home Builder’s (NAHB) Gold Award winner for the Best of 55+ Independent Living Community ‘On the Boards'
Wesley Palms Retirement Community - Gold Nugget Award of Merit Honors received for the Best Senior Living Communinty 'On the Boards'
Melvin Garb Hillel Center San Diego State University - USGBC LEED for New Construction: LEED Gold Certified;
Wesley Palms Summer House - Silver Achievement Award, Best 50+ Remodeling Project, National Association of Home Builders
Southeastern/Encanto Community Plan Update - American Planning Association's, San Diego Sector's Public Outreach Award
Kalos Apartments - San Diego Housing Federation SDG&E Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Ruby Award 2014 - LEED for Homes Platinum Rating
Kalos Apartments- U.S. Green Building Council for LEED for Homes Outstanding Affordable Project of the Year
City Scene - LEED for Homes Gold Rating
San Diego Naval Training Center Re-Use Plan (Liberty Station) - FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Awards 2011 - Master Plan Category
San Diego Naval Training Center Re-Use Plan (Liberty Station) San Diego Naval Training Center Re-Use Plan (Liberty Station) - Base Redevelopment Community of the Year Award
Chrome Hearts - AIA Citation for Design 2001; West Hollywood - published in Interior Design Magazine - "Mecca on Melrose" article
Black Mountain Ranch Plan and Design Guidelines - San Diego Chapter American Planning Association Award for Outstanding Planning
California Western School of Law - AIA Citation for Design 2001; West Hollywood - published in Interior Design Magazine - "Mecca on Melrose" article 2002
Adat Yeshurun Synagogue - AIA San Diego Chapter
San Diego Naval Training Center Re-Use Plan (Liberty Station) - San Diego Chapter American Planning Association Award for Outstanding Planning
Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Library - National AIA/American Library National Association Award of Merit
Mesa College Learning Resource Center - AIA San Diego Chapter Citation; SDG&E Savings by Design Award
Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Library - AIA California Council Award of Merit
Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Library - SDG&E Savings by Design Award. Cover of Architectural Record 1997
Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Library - AIA San Diego Chapter Citation
UCSD Pulmonary Medicine Building - AIA San Diego Chapter Citation
Dale Fitzmorris Interior Design and Glass Display Panels - AIA San Diego Chapter Citation and Award of Merit
Steele Residence - San Diego Home/Garden Magazine Home of the Year
Golden Hill Revitalization - San Diego Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Award
Pardee Center South Court (office building) - AIA San Diego Chapter Award of Merit