Stephanie is most inspired when cross-disciplinary thinking collides to solve project complexities. Drawn to mixed use projects with technical constraints, she uses restrictions as prompts for creating opportunities. Boasting an astute curiosity with an interdisciplinary training, she guides a silo-less approach of working with trades that respects both specialization and leadership. Her work is notable for its advocacy of design considerations and social responsibility that strive to improve our urban fabric by promoting a more sustainable and resilient future.
At a youth summer camp for the artistically inclined, Stephanie discovered her passion for architecture while launching a completed foam model onto the water next to a neighboring house boat—the play of scale and proportion solidified what would become a sustained interest in spatial dimension. She attended the University of British Columbia, completing a Bachelor’s of Environmental Design that blended architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning pedagogies. A brief turn in landscape design at Turenscape in Beijing solidified architecture as her path forward. She earned her Master’s in Architecture from University of California, Los Angeles before seeking the opportunity to work with Peter Busby, a leader in sustainability design, at the Vancouver office of Perkins + Will. After moving to New York and developing a portfolio of sophisticated and integrated healthcare projects, she was drawn to the unexpected surprises in WRNS’ portfolio. Outside the office, she is exploring her Chinese heritage through cooking traditional recipes and broadening her vocabulary on North American and Cantonese ingredients.