Peter Steinbrueck

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Peter Steinbrueck
Peter Steinbrueck at Market Park, 1984.jpg
Peter Steinbrueck at Seattle's Market Park, 1984
Member of the Seattle City Council,
Position 3
In office
November 4, 1997 – January 1, 2008
Preceded byRichard McIver
Succeeded byBruce Harrell
Personal details
Born (1957-10-14) October 14, 1957 (age 62)
Seattle, Washington
ChildrenTwo Boys
ParentsVictor Eugene Steinbrueck (father), Mother Elaine Pearl Worden
ResidenceSeattle, Washington
Alma materLakeside School
Bowdoin College
University of Washington, Loeb Fellow, Harvard University GSD
OccupationArchitect, Seattle Port Commissioner

Peter Steinbrueck is a Seattle Port Commissioner, licensed architect in the State of Washington, and principal and founder of Steinbrueck Urban Strategies.

Early life and education[edit]

Steinbrueck was born and raised in Seattle, and is the son of noted architect Victor Steinbrueck (1911–1985) and artist Elaine Pearl Worden. He graduated from Lakeside School, received his bachelor of arts degree in government from Bowdoin College, and a master of architecture degree from the University of Washington College of Built Environments. Before becoming an architect, he began his early working life at age 16 as a skilled carpenter, and later a building contractor. He is a distinguished Harvard Loeb Fellow with Graduate School of Design (2010). [1]

Political activities[edit]

Steinbrueck was a member of the Seattle City Council, first elected to the council on November 4, 1997, and immediately sworn in to fill an unfinished term.[2] He was elected to full council terms in 1999 and 2003 and served through 2007. Steinbrueck served as council president during 2002 and 2003. He served as chair of the Housing and Human Services Committee in his first four years on the council, later the Parks, Education, and Libraries Committee, and in his final four years, he chaired the Urban Development and Planning Committee, with a portfolio of the city's long-term comprehensive planning, land use regulation, city design, and development standards.

In late 2012, Steinbrueck announced his candidacy for Mayor of Seattle in the 2013 election he came in third in a crowded race, but failed to move past the primary election. On November 7, 2017, Steinbrueck was elected as Seattle Port Commissioner, Position 4[3].

Educational activities[edit]

Steinbrueck has been a visiting instructor at the University of Washington’s College of the Built Environments, and is a frequent speaker, commentator, and writer on the emerging framework for advancing environmental sustainability of cities and regions. In 2009, Steinbrueck was named a Loeb Fellow in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University,[4] where he completed an academic year 2009-10 of independent research focused on the environment, climate change and urban sustainability in the United States. Steinbrueck is a member of the Harvard Center for the Environment's Working Group for Sustainable Cities.

In 2007, after leaving his City Council position, Steinbrueck founded his own firm, Steinbrueck Urban Strategies, an urban planning, urban sustainability and urban design consulting practice.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognized Steinbrueck with its Young Architects Award in 1999 for his public and civic contributions affecting affordable housing, homelessness, civic design, historic preservation, and the environment[6]. In 2006, the AIA elevated him to membership in its College of Fellows for his achievements in public office and contributions to the profession and society[7]. In 2002 Steinbrueck received the Public Sector Achievement Award from the National Alliance to End Homelessness for his commitment to reducing and preventing homelessness through systematic change[8]. In 2012, Steinbrueck was recipient of the U.S. Federal Executives Board's Outstanding Public service Award.

Other local, state, and national organizations that have honored him including the Seattle Education Association (Hero Award, 2004), Seattle Human Services Coalition (Stewardship Award, 2006)[9], Seattle magazine's Most Influential People (2006)[10], Seattle Fire Fighters Local 27 (Red Helmet Award, 2008), and the Washington State Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (Outstanding Career Achievement in Historic Preservation, 2008)[11].[citation needed]


  1. ^ Steinbrueck, Peter. "Peter for Port Commissioner". Peter for Port. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Nelson, Robert T. (November 5, 1997). "Seattle City Council -- Longtime Activists Elected". The Seattle Times. p. B1. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Mike (November 7, 2017). "Port of Seattle: Stephanie Bowman and Peter Steinbrueck win". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Loeb Fellowship Class of 2009-2010, Harvard University. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  5. ^ Steinbrueck Urban Strategies web site. Retrieved 2011-11-12
  6. ^ AIA Young Architects Award 1999: Peter Steinbrueck AIA, AIA Seattle, prepared May 1999, updated September 2005. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  7. ^ 2017 AIA College of Fellows History & Directory. p.392. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Award Ceremony Honors Advocates for the Homeless. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Seattle Human Services Coalition, 30th Anniversary Celebration. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  10. ^ Sanders, Eli (April 17, 2009). "Steinbrueck to Harvard (Not City Hall)". The Stranger. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  11. ^ Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Retrieved January 11, 2019.