Steffen Lehmann

Professor, School of Architecture
Director, Urban Futures Lab
Expertise: Architecture, Cities, Urban Design, Sustainable Development, Urbanism, Urban Regeneration


Steffen Lehmann is a nationally recognized architect, educator, designer and author on sustainable architecture and urban design. Lehmann is often called upon to discuss the relationship between environment and design, and how cities themselves can adapt to climate change.

His research specialties include green urbanism, urban regeneration, and sustainable development.

Starting as a professional architect in his home country of Germany, Lehmann was actively involved in the urban creation of the “New Berlin.” The founder of Steffen Lehmann Architekten Berlin, he has been teaching advanced design studios at leading universities in six countries since 1991. He is also the founding director of two research centers at the University of South Australia, founding director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities (UK), and Principal Investigator of several large multidisciplinary grants. Lehmann has authored over 19 books with prestigious publishers, countless articles and papers along with numerous publications on sustainable architecture and future cities.


  • Ph.D., Technische Universität Berlin
  • A.A., AA School of London
  • Dipl. Des., Univ Appl Sc Mainz

Steffen Lehmann In The News

Popular Mechanics
The living-dining space at the heart of a tree grove in bucolic Baden-Württemberg, southwest Germany, gives off strong Flinstones-family-kitchen vibes. Thirty-six big and slender London plane trees ensconce a series of large, rough-edged stone tables and an open oven; the transparent roof above whimsically resembles a turtle’s shell, somewhat creating the illusion of a mysterious Stonehenge-like structure. But the devil is in the details—dining surfaces are impeccably flat, with stone slabs securely fixed atop screw-pipe foundations, while the roof is crafted from fiber-reinforced plastic.
Las Vegas’ evolution is ever apparent as it gears up for Super Bowl 58. What was once considered a sports pariah is now hosting the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year, and the event comes less than three months after the city held a Grand Prix Formula One race. That’s not all — Las Vegas now boasts two new entertainment facilities, the Sphere and Allegiant Stadium, adding new offerings like A-list performers. The total number of visitors climbed to 40.8 million in 2023. Beyond all the fun and gambling, the region has also become popular with relocating businesses and homebuyers. However, there are some significant risks with being a desert city that could hinder Las Vegas’ growth as the planet warms. CNBC traveled to Vegas and met with locals and experts to learn more about Sin City’s explosive growth.
Las Vegas Weekly
It’s getting hotter. The nonprofit scientific research organization Climate Central reports that average summer temperatures in Las Vegas have risen nearly six degrees since 1970, and Southern Nevada remains one of the fastest-warming metropolitan areas across the west—getting hotter faster than Phoenix, Salt Lake City and El Paso.
Las Vegas Sun
A 2022 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-funded heat mapping study involved a group of 60 volunteers who spread out across Clark County to check the temperatures in different locations during the morning, afternoon and night. The map produced from that data shows that elevated temperatures are worst in North Las Vegas, East Las Vegas and downtown, which can get up to 11 degrees hotter than other parts of the city.

Articles Featuring Steffen Lehmann

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News | April 1, 2024

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

The Las Vegas strip as seen on Super Bowl weekend (Josh Hawkins/UNLV).
Campus News | March 1, 2024

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | September 1, 2023

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

The Las Vegas Strip. (Josh Hawkins)
Research | August 11, 2023

Obsolete architecture and a warming planet have tag-teamed, making our cities hotter. But new technologies and sustainable urban development strategies could soon change our fates.