FCA Appoints New Leadership to NYC Office

FCA hired Steven Stainbrook as principal and Jay Hallinan as senior lab planner for its New York office.

The announcement comes on the heels of the Philadelphia and New York City-based firm's continued growth - within the past few weeks it has expanded its senior leadership team to support its evolving practice.

Stainbrook is an urban designer, strategic planner and educator with more than two decades of experience integrating policy, programming and market forces with design. In this new role, he will collaborate with Wan C. Leung, principal of science and technology, and Peter Verne, a senior architectural designer, in serving institutions of higher education. Additionally, he will broaden the firm's planning and urban design principles as he works to elevate the quality of all lives through cultural arts, creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization.

Whether on or off campus, Stainbrook is passionate about advancing the aspirations of civil-minded organizations. He is working on a master plan for the St. Louis Garment District and a Cultural Arts Community Strategic Plan in Ocala, Florida.

Stainbrook sees FCA as the place to further develop his skills. "The firm does work that matters - I find the of-the-moment idea of bringing together commerce, culture and wellness intriguing," he said. "I think the firm's design portfolio is very impressive, its people inventive, and the operations are extremely well run."

Stainbrook is a graduate of Ball State University and Graduate School of Design School at Harvard University and an adjunct professor in architecture at New York University and Drexel University. This keeps him mindful of basic needs for "town and gown" — the importance of cultivating community through shared spaces, active programming and new technologies.