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

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.
Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Extreme temperatures in the northern hemisphere has killed hundreds of people and is fueling forest fires across three continents. Climate scientists say we need to become accustomed to prolonged events like this that may be repeated across the southern hemisphere this summer.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
If you find yourself having breathing troubles or worsening allergies during these hot summer months, experts say this heatwave may be to blame as it’s causing more pollution in our air.

Articles Featuring Steffen Lehmann

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.

Graduation surprise
Campus News | August 1, 2023

News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created U.N.L.V.'s iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.