Blake Stephens

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Architecture/Drafting Instructor
Architecture & Drafting
Advanced Technology and Applied Sciences
Saddleback College

Architecture and Drafting Technology Department Chair

California Licensed Architect

Academic Senate President  2015-2016, 2018-2019, President 2020-2021

M.A., NewSchool of Architecture, San Diego, Summa Cum laude
B.A., University of Washington, Seattle

Classes Frequently Taught::
Arch 10: Introduction to Architecture
Arch 12: History of Architecture
Arch 124: A,B,C Drafting/ Design Studios
Arch 126: Materials and Methods of Construction (Fall only)
Arch 231: LEED and Sustainable Architecture (Summer only)
Arch 218: Foundation Course in Architecture (Fall only)
Arch 219: Space Planning Studio (Spring only)

Blake Stephens AIA is an award winning architect with a specialty in residential practice. He has designed more than 240 custom homes in California in Bel Air, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo, Hermosa, Huntington, Laguna, Long, Manhattan and Newport Beaches, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, and San Clemente as well as homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Bellevue and Washington State, New York, Pennsylvania and in Europe. Other projects include retail stores on Rodeo Drive and in multiple shopping malls, condominiums in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and Seattle. He has also designed schools and churches in Los Angeles. He was part of the project team for the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA, on Bunker Hill in Los Angeles as well as California Plaza, One Rodeo, The Beverly Wilshire Hotel Renovation, and the expansion of the Pacific Design Center. His architectural career spans 4 decades.

NCIDQ Certificate 
Capistrano Unified School District Foundation President 2001- 2006
CUSD Foundation Board Member 1998 - 2010
Hayden Film Institute Board Member 2010
Long Beach Historical Society Project of the Year: Bixby Residence Historic Renovation 
Los Angeles Times Volunteer of the Year in Education 1987
American Institute of Architects: Home Tour Featured Architect
American Institute of Architects Member since 1987
California Licensed Architect, C15703, continuously since May, 1985

Research Interests
Walking tours of historic neighborhoods, Downtown Los Angeles
California Craftsman Architecture
Urban Density and Sustainable Architecture
California History and Spanish Land Grants

Blake Stephens AIA joined Saddleback College in August 2008 . His responsibilities include Architecture and Drafting Department Chair, ATAS Faculty Association Representative, and prior board member of the Saddleback Foundation.

Prior to joining Saddleback College, Blake Stephens was in professional architectural practice at the following firms:
Blake Stephens AIA Architect, Laguna Niguel, CA - Current
Johannes Van Tilburg and Associates, Santa Monica, CA 
Urmston Stiehl Associates, Bel Air, CA 
Gruen Associates, Los Angeles, CA 
Young and Associates, Redondo Beach, CA
Waldron, Pomeroy, Polk and Smith, Seattle, WA 

In Blake Stephens' spare time, he enjoys travel, construction projects big and small, gardening, and volunteering.