Stephen Forneris

Stephen Forneris



“You have value, you are important no matter where you are born or choose to live and your architecture can reflect this. Human by Design does not let us offer one level of building technology and safety in North America and a lower level in South America.”

Though he grew up in New York, Stephen became a licensed architect in Ecuador before obtaining licensure in the U.S., having moved to Guayaquil in his twenties. Spending his early career in Ecuador greatly influenced how he approaches architecture as well as how he views the world. With a career now spanning more than 20 years in residential, commercial, institutional projects, Stephen serves as Managing Principal of our Guayaquil studio, splitting his time between Ecuador and New York. A strong proponent for developing safer buildings and sharing technology, especially in countries without the same protections as the U.S., he works to ensure buildings are well-made, safe, and secure. In his free time, Stephen enjoys running marathons, a hobby he believes is similar to designing buildings as both require patience and hard work.

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Stephen leads projects teams on an international scale, strengthening team bonds and delivering more innovative, successful projects across borders.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (917) 476-3501
    Ecuador: +593.99.103.1205
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  • Education

  • Syracuse University, M.Arch
  • Providence College, B.A.
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • International Codes Council
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • U.S. Green Building Council
    (LEED AP BD+C)
  • California Office of Emergency Services, Safety Assessment Program instructor