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Stephen Campbell, Senior Planning Officer

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Stephen Campbell is a skilled and dedicated capital project manager. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1979, and his Master of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard in 1981. He opened his own architecture office in upper Manhattan, practicing architecture and community development in Harlem and the South Bronx. In 1990 he entered public service in New York City’s Department of Design and Construction, and rapidly rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Assistant Commissioner, over capital construction for the public service agencies of Health, Human Services, Fire, Children, Aging and the Homeless.

In 1996 he returned to the private sector, reconstituting his office as a sustainability and infrastructure development consultancy. In 2004, with a growing interest in development in the Middle East, he moved to Beirut, Lebanon, teaching Architecture and capital planning at the American University of Beirut. In addition, he worked at the international engineering firm, Dar Al Handassah’s Planning Department. While there, he worked on master and strategic planning efforts in Erbil in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, and in Oman, establishing areas of historic and natural heritage, and in Northern Jordan the strategic planning for a logistics hub. Shortly after returning to the States, in 2008 he reentered public service, this time in Washington, DC’s Office of Property Management, later DRES. Upon the creation of DGS he served a year as Deputy Director for the Construction Division.

With the District’s increasing awareness of the necessity of coordinated planning, he was selected to create the Planning Office of the Department of General Services, where he serves on numerous inter-agency task forces, and continues to elevate the role of integrated planning and strategic development within DGS. The Planning Office leads the effort to create replacement Short Term Family Housing in order to close the DC General Family Shelter, and will further this agenda for single men and women as well as youth. DGS Planning is involved in transforming industrial sites into state of the art sustainable public works facilities, upgrading District office space into creative communities, increasing awareness for co-locating of multiple municipal needs and increasing economic development opportunities on our limited District-owned lands. Planning administers DGS’ Facility Condition Assessments, and is also involved in urban agriculture, public safety and municipal facility master planning.

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  • Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University 1979
  • Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University 1981
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