• 606 N.E. First Street Gainesville, FL 32601
    (352) 372-0425
    FAX: (352) 372-0427

    License No. AA0002304

  • A Tradition of Excellence

    Member, American
    Institute of Architects

Education and Scholarship

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design – Master of Architecture, 1996
University of Florida, Department of Architecture – Bachelor of Design, 1991

Professional Affiliations

Board Member: The Florida Housing Coalition Board of Directors, 2017
Lecturer, UF Graduate School of Architecture, Professor-in-residence Citylab-Orlando
LEED Accredited Professional


Florida Registration No. AR94748

Accreditations and Awards

AIA Chapter residential Merit Award; Fox Container Residence, 2012

Stephen D. Bender, AIA LEED AP BD+C                          Director of Design

Stephen is new to the Brame Heck Team. He has over 26 years of experience being an architect and has a passion for shipping container architecture.

Stephen brings together design-minded architecture practice with real world construction experience. Stephen has decades of experience designing and building in Florida. He has performed design phase services as firm owner, lead architectural project manager, designer and owner’s agent. His project resume includes state university system and not-for-profit institutional projects, daycare facilities, commercial and retail buildings, restaurants and food service design. Stephen compliments this expertise in the field of architecture with experience as Preconstruction Manager and Design-Build Coordinator for Florida construction companies. This combined experience is an invaluable offering for clients. He has been on both sides of the drawings. His preconstruction experience includes entertainment, emergency, retail and restaurant facilities. The Design-Build method of project delivery is becoming more popular among a variety of client types.

You may contact Stephen at s.bender@brameheck.com


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