Steve Kenat


Principal | Director of Community Development

As GBBN’s Director of Community Development, Steve leads residential, civic, non-profit, and library projects. His leadership balances multiple stakeholders, design teams, and clients and channels their collective passion into transformative projects that impact the people they serve. Most recently, Steve has overseen the expansion of Ronald McDonald House Cincinnati, now the largest in the world. Additional projects include multi-family housing such as the renovation of Cincinnati's iconic Union Central Tower (aka PNC Tower) and 1010 On-the Rhine; affordable housing developments like Willkommen and Logan Commons; and civic institutions like the restoration of Cincinnati Union Terminal, a National Historic Landmark. An active participant in the Urban Land Institute, Steve advances the conversation about the connection between equity, affordability, and thriving communities by speaking at the national, regional, and local level. A passionate urbanist and downtown resident, Steve loves getting around via bike share, so if you see him pedal by, be sure to give him a wave.

Professional Highlights

District Council Advisory Board Chair, Urban Land Institute Cincinnati

Board Chair, Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors Member & Chair of Facilities Committee, YWCA Greater Cincinnati

Advisory Board Member: LISC Cincinnati

Presenter, Cincinnati Union Terminal Renovation, MidAtlantic Association of Museums Building Conference


News & Insights

"Moving to Cincinnati in 1985 to attend architecture school, Cincinnati Union Terminal made an immediate impression on me, even as a failing mall. Years later, it made a perfect backdrop as my wife and I hosted our wedding reception, after it had become Museum Center. Twenty years later, leading the transformation and restoration of this icon for CMC, the community, and future generations of patrons to create their own memories will always be a career highlight. Who are those kids?!!" - Steve Kenat