While earning degrees in architecture and environmental design, Steve never imagined that his career would come to focus on something as specific as laboratory planning and design. But every time he worked on a high-tech project that involved lab facilities, he became more intrigued by the intricacy of research and discovery, and consequently more involved in specialized planning for scientific needs. Plus, Steve adds, "There isn't a nicer group of people than folks who wear lab coats! I enjoy improving the quality of the work environments for these experts." His professional know-how makes Steve a sought-after speaker and author on laboratory safety, planning and design. For someone who designs things like controlled environments for bio-containment and other technology-driven spaces, Steve remains grounded by focusing on a few fundamentals: "Less is almost always more," he says, and "keeping things simple is a persistent challenge."