Frederick Steiner (MRP’77, MA’86, PhD’86) is dean and Paley Professor of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Previously, he served as dean of the School of Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin for 15 years. He previously taught at Penn and the following institutions: Arizona State University, Washington State University, and the University of Colorado at Denver. He was a visiting professor of landscape architecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Steiner was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar at Wageningen University, The Netherlands and a Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation at the American Academy in Rome. During 2013 to 2014, he was the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and a scholar at the Penn Institute for Urban Research. He helped establish the Sustainable SITES Initiative, the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable land development and management, and holds the SITES Professional (SITES AP) credential.
Steiner earned a master of community planning and a B.S. in design from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in city and regional planning, and a master of regional planning from Penn. He also received an honorary M.Phil. in human ecology from the College of the Atlantic.