Alyson Steele, FAIA, LEED AP, Quinn Evans’ president and chief executive officer, was featured in the American Institute of Architects’ Future Focused video series. This series, which will continue throughout Women’s History Month, celebrates women’s contributions to the architectural profession and impact on their communities.

By really embracing the hard challenges, that’s how you know you’re making a difference.
- Alyson Steele, FAIA, LEED AP

Steele spoke on the inclusive thinking that informed Quinn Evans’ design for Heritage Hall, a new underground visitor center at the Michigan State Capitol. The new space transcends Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to create a fully accessible experience for all visitors, and a shared experience for groups including people with different abilities.

We really wanted to embrace the challenge of bringing everyone together, and bringing everyone together in a way that we can have shared experiences.
- Alyson Steele, FAIA, LEED AP

Quinn Evans is a national leader in the design of museums and visitor centers, with a deep portfolio of visitor-focused projects for major cultural institutions including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, and The Henry Ford.

Quinn Evans is also one of the largest women-owned design practices in the nation. Under Steele’s leadership, along with her predecessor Larry Barr, FAIA, Quinn Evans has significantly increased the representation of women and minorities on its staff and in company ownership. Currently, women hold a 51.5% majority of company stock, and more than half of the senior management positions (principal, senior associate, and associate). Notably, the firm’s president/CEO, chief financial officer, chief marketing officer, director of sustainability, director of diversity and inclusion, and three regional directors are women.