Steven Upchurch


Steven applies his knowledge of local and international markets to deliver impactful and memorable experiences to owners, developers, brands and guests. With more than three decades of design, planning, management and real estate development experience, he is actively growing and diversifying Gensler’s Lifestyle Sector. Steven is recognized for his leadership on several signature mixed-use, hotel and entertainment projects, including the new Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills, The Grand Hyatt at Seoul’s Incheon Airport, The Queen Mary Entertainment District in Long Beach, and the award-winning restoration of the Belmond El Encanto Resort in Santa Barbara.

Passionate about making a difference in the community, he volunteers with local philanthropies and served on the Board of Directors for Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills for 8 years. Steven is on the Advisory Council for Kind Traveler – the first digital platform to reward travelers for making donations to their favorite charities (benefiting the wellbeing of individuals, animals and the environment). 

He also serves on the Board of Directors for Bryan’s House – a non-profit organization that provides medically managed childcare, respite car and community-based, family centered support services. A registered Architect in Texas, Steven earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University.