Owens Community College Alumni Association

   Profile of Excellence


William R. Steele, AIA, NCARB
William R. Steele, AIA, NCARB
Principal and Vice President
Spring Valley Architects
1981 Owens Graduate

"Owens was a powerful stepping stone to accomplishing all of my life's goals."

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Profile of Excellence:
William R. Steele, AIA, NCARB
Owens Community College Alumnus
Bill Steele is a man who sets goals and works hard to accomplish them. The 1981 Owens Community College graduate recognizes that obtaining an Associate of Applied Science degree, majoring in Architectural Construction, built the foundation to his successful architecture career. After practicing architecture around the world, the Toledo native has returned home to make his mark in this region.

Growing up in Sylvania, Bill graduated from Northview High School in 1978. Bill's career aspirations were in engineering or architecture. He chose Owens Community College and the architectural-engineering program because it allowed him to access the academic disciplines immediately and determine his career path. Additionally, Bill wanted to turn a few educational weaknesses into strengths and did so through Owens' personal attention. Bill's goal was to use Owens Community College to his advantage to get into one of the top architectural schools for his advanced degree.

His plan worked. By 1990, Bill graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona. From there, he enrolled in UA's accelerated master's program and in 1991 graduated with a Master of Design Communication in Architecture degree. This master's program focused on effectively communicating architectural design to any given audience utilizing different media-black & white, color, video, elevations, models and drawings. With the completion of this goal, Bill was on to his next-to practice international architecture.

When Bill took a job with RTKL International, he and his wife, Cynthia, moved to Los Angeles. RTKL is a global design practice with offices worldwide. Bill's niche was projects in Southeast Asia, namely Hong Kong, Manila and Bangkok. "I worked for RTKL for six years," he said, "and the experiences and projects I worked on were absolutely thrilling."

In 1997, Bill and Cynthia wanted to return to the Midwest to be closer to their families and the wholesome roots of their youth. During the next five years, Bill worked for The Collaborative and then West Carroll Bergman. In 2002, an opportunity presented itself and Bill was ready for goal number three-to be a partner in an architectural firm. He became partners with Adam J. Kral, the second generation of leaders for Spring Valley Architects, Inc.

Established in 1986 by Thomas Sullivan and Ronald Crum, Spring Valley Architects is a full service firm providing Architectural and Interior Services. Under the direction of Bill and his partner, their mission is to design, manage and nurture a legacy of architecture through enduring client relationships at work, home and play. Providing a one-stop shop to clients, Spring Valley partners with contractors to increase the value of the final product. This synergistic approach is a winner for all parties involved.

As for Bill's next goal-he wants to make a positive impact in our community and he is well on his way. He shares his talents and vision with others through the American Institute of Architects of Toledo, Oregon Economic Foundation and Wood County Economic Development Group.

When looking back on his educational beginnings, Bill reflects, "Owens was a powerful stepping stone to accomplishing all of my life's goals."

Join Owens Community College's Alumni Association today!
Contact Laura Moore at (567) 661-7410 or alumni@owens.edu
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