Steve Hall

My passion for design, craft, and technology have been life long. I actually dressed up as an architect in 4th grade career day and have been in construction and architecture ever since.

For eighteen years I was fortunate to work in three architectural firms that served clients locally, across the country, and around the world. I won design awards, resolved highly complex technical and logistical dilemmas, participated in projects worth billions of dollars, and created architecture that serves as places to live and work, to be healed and to play, to learn and to research, to worship, and even to be buried.

But before formal educational, professional, and modern trade experiences, I spent a decade apprenticing in the restored 18th century village of Old Salem and in historical re-enactment. These are deep-seated memories of hand-crafted methods and sustainable design strategies in venerable buildings without air conditioning, in cool cellars, and under ventilating roof purlins. I had a hand in felling and seasoning poplars for timber framing, made nails, tools, and architectural hardware as a blacksmith, formed and soldered tin-plated iron into lighting sconces, and split white oak roof shingles. I walked on huge hand cut stone thresholds, felt the sun through hand blown glass windows, and used doors set in place before America was founded.

Steve Hall Blacksmithing

These experiences remain foundational to my sense of buildings that are environmentally considerate and made with efficient workmanship to create places with palpable meaning centuries later. My personal design ideals are centered on this, what I call architectural integrity: the honesty of natural materials that create beautiful, comfortable, and useful places.

I still enjoy art and craft. A complete woodworking shop is home to all sorts of material explorations. I've been behind a camera since youth, have used computers since the first IBM PC and still design websites (including this one). Little time is available for oil painting these days, but I may sketch, render, and model architecture with traditional methods or virtual 3D ones as a particular project suggests.

My office, studio, and workshop are located where Apex meets Cary. Feel free to reach out for more conversation about how to define, design, and build inspiring places.

Steve Hall