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Stephen Cavanaugh



  • Architecture
  • Hospitality
  • Workplace
  • Principal
Stephen Cavanaugh
  • Principal
“I'm astonished by the clarity of Steve Cavanaugh's design rigor. His ability to understand a design problem, consider the cost to construct, the return on investment for our owner, and then make it beautiful inspires me.” – DLR Group Principal Ed Wilms

Steve is a key member of DLR Group’s design leadership team. He leads design in Chicago and Minneapolis and is the firm’s high-rise and tower expert, specializing in workplace and hospitality design. His passion for design is contagious, and he mentors architects and project teams to push design while being cognizant of cost and schedule to meet the project goals of the client.

“I love the challenge of translating abstract project goals into great functional spaces and bringing my clients’ vision into built form. I also have an intense appreciation for the art of construction.”

Examples of his work include the award-winning Adjustable Forms Building, Patterson Technology Center, the Hines T3 Timber Office Building, and the JW Marriott Hotel at the Mall of America.

“I really admire and respect Steve for his unwavering commitment to excellence in design. Trends will come and go, but his innovative and thought-provoking design will always have a place.” – DLR Group Principal Ruairi Barnwell