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Steven R Winkel


Steven Winkel, FAIA, PE, CASp manages the San Francisco Bay Area office of The Preview Group, Inc., an architectural consulting firm that specializes in building code consulting and regulatory issues affecting designers. Steve has over 45 years’ experience as a licensed architect, civil engineer, landscape architect and certified access specialist. Steve is the author, along with noted illustrator Frank Ching, of the well‐received book Building Codes Illustrated for John Wiley & Sons, now in its fifth edition. Steve was recently reappointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to his fifth 4‐year term as the Architect Commissioner on the California Building Standards Commission. This commission reviews and approves the California amendments to model codes and publishes the state building construction codes, including California accessibility regulations.

Steve is also a member of the International Code Council (ICC) “General” Code Development Committee which hears testimony and votes on code changes for the International Building Code. His participation in the national code development process and on the Building Standards Commission gives Steve a unique understanding of building code and accessibility requirements and interpretation. He was for eight years a member of the City of Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Commission, and was chair of the commission during part of his term. He was also on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) from 2009 through 2015.