Stephen L. Schoch, AIA, LEED®AP

Principal / Director of Housing

About Steve

Stephen L. Schoch, AIA LEED AP Is a Principal at Kitchen & Associates and Director of Housing.  Since he first joined K&A in 1984, Steve has been either the Lead Designer or Principal-In-Charge for residential development projects surpassing 50,000 units.  Of that total, approximately two-thirds are ‘affordable’ homes – developed specifically for individuals and families with low-to-moderate incomes.  His work is regarded as among the best examples of design for the disabled, and is held up as an example of excellence on a national level. He is known for integrating Supportive Housing in projects of all sizes and scales, and his influence as an advocate has helped institute fundamental changes in the NJ regulations that allocate funding for affordable housing – giving projects that integrate Supportive Housing into their communities a competitive advantage.

Steve has been an active member of the Supportive Housing Association of NJ since its founding in 1998. He is the only architect ever to serve on SHA’s Board of Directors  and provides the organization with the key perspectives of both someone fully engaged in the housing development process, as well as that of a Parent/Guardian of a disabled child.

Steve served as Managing Principal of K&A from the retirement of founding partner Beth Kitchen in 2011 to May, 2022. He is credited with expanding K&A into a multidisciplinary design firm with strong footholds in student- and market rate- housing, as well as affordable, senior and supportive design. During his tenure as Managing Principal, the firm earned national recognition and garnered more than 33 project awards.  

Steve is a regular presenter on topics related to supportive and special needs housing, sustainable and green design, and the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. He is NCARB certified, A LEED® Accredited Professional and is a Registered Architect in fourteen states.