Steve W. Turner, AIA, is the State Historic Preservation Officer and the Deputy Executive Director for History Colorado. His professional experience spans several decades and his work includes local, national, and international projects. After earning dual master’s degrees in urban and regional planning and architecture from the University of Illinois, Turner worked as a preservation planner for both the United States / International Council on Monuments and Sites and the United States Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.
His other professional experience includes working as a historic architect for the National Parks Service, as the director of the History Colorado State Historical Fund, and as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.
Steve believes that historic preservation can benefit communities in several key ways, such as reducing demolition and construction costs, encouraging sustainability by reducing waste, offering economic opportunity, and by offering people a physical connection to their own place in history.