From 2012 to 2016, Stephen served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. While a legislator, he served on the Commerce, Natural Resources, and Municipal committees. He also focused on French Immersion education, environmentally friendly initiatives, and healthcare. Notable to the practice of architecture, he co-authored and led the bill that adopted the new Louisiana plumbing code for buildings.
Stephen is a graduate of the Tulane School of Architecture. While at Tulane, Stephen spent time in Central America where he studied tropical architecture in Guatemala and Belize through Tulane’s study abroad program, later building his thesis project in five locations along the coast of Honduras. Immediately after architecture school, Stephen worked at Mathis Brierre Architects in New Orleans and later for Make it Right in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.
Stephen is an active board member of the US Green Building Council, Louisiana Chapter and is a LEED accredited professional. His architectural specialties include historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects, new designs for office buildings, townhouses, and mixed-use buildings, and master planning. He has also overseen the design and construction of several LEED certified houses. Most recently, Stephen and his team at SO/Studio are developing mixed-use, high density residential projects in Lafayette, Louisiana, where their office is based. Their first downtown multi-family project opens this October.