Stephen Ellis

Stephen Ellis
Associate, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, SF


Greetings! My name is Stephen – a CA licensed architect currently practicing in San Francisco.

I began my architectural journey at the University of Technology’s Caribbean School of Architecture in my native Jamaica, attaining a Bachelors in Architectural Studies before pursuing a Masters of Architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania. During my graduate school years, I spent a semester at the Architectural Association in London. Throughout my years of formal studies, I drew influences from constructibility, sustainability, generative design, and other artistic disciplines such as fashion and illustration.

Several of my academic projects have been published in multiple editions of Pressing Matters, UPenn’s official design school journal, and the online forums PitCrit and ArchOutLoud. Additionally, I’ve earned awards for my underlying appreciation of construction, including the Charles Merrick Gay Scholarship and the Harry E Parker Prize, among others.

My professional experience in the Bay Area has been with Solomon Cordwell Buenz, earning the title of Associate and practicing as a registered architect. There, I developed an expertise in multi-family housing, primarily in the high-rise typology. Lessons learnt from developing a variety of projects fed my passion for user-oriented design at the community scale, assisting grassroots stakeholders in San Francisco. This work consists of pro bono services for United Playaz and the West Bay Filipino Center and advising on a STEAM program for Rosa Parks Elementary School. As a member of several design committees at SCB, I sought opportunities to bridge emerging talents with both the design community and the larger local community in need.

It is the connection between architecture and community that inspires me as an architect. As faculty at the Academy of Art University, I aspire to build in the students their own awareness of community needs, emotional connections to underserved users of design, and to develop their own architectural styles rooted deeply in positivity, thoughtfulness, and sensitivity.


Courses Taught:

ARH 450 Studio 8 Housing and Integrated Design

ARH 110 Studio 1 Conceptual Design Studio