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Hello, I'm
Steve Fuchs

Designer. Professor. Maker. Surfer.

About

  • Name: Steven Raymond Fuchs, Jr. (SRF)
  • Email: info@stevefuchs.com
  • Phone: 310.753.4050 *texts preferred*
  • Date of birth: 07 October 1971
  • Address: LA + OC, CA, USA
  • Nationality: United States

Personal Statement

I am constantly balancing my desire to be in “creative flows”—where symbiotic connections to energies beyond human understanding coexist. Surfing—and life in general—is all about learning to balance and flow with these energies in our environment, complex systems, and diverse cultures.

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Skills

Areas of Focus

One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received was... "Steve, you can do anything. Choose 3 to 4 areas you want to focus your attention on and be the best you can at them."

Designer

Consultant, 30 years

Professor

Educator, 18 years

Maker

Lifelong, 36 years

Surfer

Traveler, 33 years

Knowledge

Over the course of my journey, I've continually developed my gifts & skills into expertise and enjoy practicing and teaching the following disciplines and subjects.

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Design Fabrication
  • Creative Direction
  • Film Production
  • Event Planning
  • Typography
  • 3D Modeling & Rendering
  • Curriculum Design
  • Grant Writing
  • Maker Culture

Design Languages

Within design, there are many "languages" to learn, master, and teach. Three of my design language interests are listed below.

Concept & Design Thinking
Branding & Emerging Media
3D Programming & Computational Design

Experience

30+ Years of Experience!

I'm a multidisciplinary designer, tenured Architecture & Design Professor at Orange Coast College (OCC), Adjunct Faculty at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in the Jewelry Design program, and 32-year resident of Los Angeles by way of Hawaii.

SRF Design Studio

Design Director

2001 - Current
Multidisciplinary Designer: Working on a wide range of projects, including creative direction, architecture, interiors, fabrication, surfboard shaping, graphic design, brand identity, web development, 3D modeling, real-time visualization, film production, book writing, and curriculum development.
Orange Coast College

Tenured Professor

2012 - Current
$1 Million Grant Writer (CCCmaker.com): Hired as an architecture studio and digital fabrication professor now also leading a campus makerspace to support project-based learning and making on campus, with a special emphasis in emerging technology and action sports culture.
Fashion Institute (FIDM)

Design Faculty

2012 - Current
2018 FIDM Teacher of the Year: Sought after to become part of the Jewelry Design program as an adjunct faculty member where I teach 3D modeling and graphic design, including 3D printing and personal brand development.
Harrington College of Design

Graduate Faculty

2010 - 2012
Program Co-Leader and Graduate Thesis Coordinator: Brought on to help lead an expanding graduate interior architecture program, including advanced digital & computational design methods, theoretical focus & collaboration, and intellectual enrichment of thesis year.
Gehry Technologies

Senior Project
Consultant

2007 - 2010
Digital Design Researcher and Collaboration Environment Manager: Implemented strategic team, project, and building information management systems in worldwide architecture projects, including software development and 3D models for design, visualization, drawings, construction, and fabrication.
Panelite, LLC

Design Manager
& Fabricator

2005 - 2007
Material Innovation & Complex Fabrication: Managed and fabricated design solutions for architectural and interior projects that incorporated advanced resin-based panel systems, custom geometric shapes, and product line development.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Illustrator
& Researcher

1996 - 2004
Assistant to Dr. Osamu "Art" Wakita: Engaged in technical advising (computer-aided design & office standards), manuscript editing (3 books), and 1000+ illustrations (CAD & 3D models to convey architecture, construction, and graphic concepts).
Previous Experience

CAD Manager
& Assistant

1988 - 2001
The Early Years: Worked with local architecture firms and contractors coordinating projects, managing team resources, designing and drawing construction documents (by hand & CAD), pulling permits, and developing graphic assets.

Education

Design is a journey!

I earned a Master of Architecture II from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc, 2006), and in 2011, I received an employer-based scholarship to engage in a Doctor of Computer Science specializing in Emerging Media, specifically researching how augmented reality affects design studios and project-based learning (currently on hold).

Colorado Tech

Doctor of Computer Science

2011 - (on hold)
RESEARCH
“Augmented Design Education” (working)
A transdisciplinary, design education curriculum & augmented creative collaboration platform
SCI-Arc

Master of Architecture II

2004 - 2006
THESIS
“Coversion: Interactive Architectural Solution Networks”
Design of a massively participatory network platform to radically challenge design expertise and educational methodologies, given cultural and technological evolution, by restructuring curriculum using spatial design and fabrication as facilitators of project-based learning
Thomas Edison

Bachelor of Science (BSAST)

2002 - 2004
EMPHASIS
Applied Science & Technology
Diversified knowledge was developed within the architectural technology fields, including practical experience in teaching and writing about computer-aided design & building information management.

Portfolio

Our portfolio features a variety of projects and services

Recent highlights of my career: $1 million CCCMaker.com makerspace grant (2017–), FormFoundDesign.com (2016–), Stoked! The Series (2014–2017), Featured Artist in MANA: The Film (2014); Graduate Faculty at Harrington College of Design (2010–2012); Senior Project Consultant with famed architect Frank Gehry (2007–2010); Design Life Now: Cooper-Hewitt Triennial (2007); and a long list of global surf travel.

View 2012 Look Book (issuu.com)

Updated Portfolio Under Development

Contact

Let's Keep In Touch

Feel free to contact me about anything you think I may be interested in. Also, I'm very happy to provide initial consultation on design, architecture, fabrication, and surfing-related projects. Thanks for coming to check out my website.

Steve Fuchs
32231 Sea Raven Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Mobile
310.753.4050 *texts preferred*

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Steve Fuchs

designer.
professor.
maker.
surfer.