Design Collaborative's Steven Putt presents at Walk Bike Places

Steven Putt, Assoc. AIA, associate, architectural designer and market leader for the Community Studio for Design Collaborative, served as a panelist during the 2020 Walk Bike Places Conference, which took place August 7, 2020. Originally planned as an in-person educational and networking event in Indianapolis, the conference was transformed into a virtual event with dozens of regional experts due to COVID-19 concerns.


Steven’s presentation, “Promenade Park – All for Rivers and Rivers for All,” showcased the award-winning Fort Wayne Riverfront Promenade Park project, which helped to revitalize the downtown riverfront area and opened to the public in the fall of 2019, and will be delivered on Friday in front of a virtual audience. Falling under the event’s “Parks and Waterfronts” track, which explores how parks fit into the structure of cities, this track dives into the value of master planning, delivery methods, stakeholder engagement, native elements and habitats, and how now is an ideal time to advocate for public spaces.


The theme for the 2020 Walk Bike Places Conference was Implementation, which explores how to bring meaningful and purposeful projects to life – from government regulation to funding to partnerships – to develop “public spaces and transportation systems that preserve the health and safety of all users, promote social connections, and reduce our environmental impact.”

Steven graduated from Ball State University’s graduate architecture program and immediately joined Design Collaborative, where he has focused on community-centered architecture. Steven’s approach to problem-solving in architecture revolves around the Social Determinants of Health and mindful design’s ability to deliver healthier living to individuals and communities. In addition to Promenade Park, he has been an integral part of other projects, including Electric Works in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Washington Park Pavilion in Bluffton, Indiana.

Tracey Gould, M.S. IMC, CPSM
Director of Business Development & Marketing
Design Collaborative