Steve Kenat


Principal | Director of Community Development

An avid home brewer (his IPA has just the right bite) Steve knows an artful calibration of ingredients yields superior results. As GBBN’s Director of Community Development, he brings the same creative precision to residential, workplace, cultural, and mixed-use developments, providing strategic direction and leadership that balances multiple stakeholders, empowers design teams and clients, and channels their collective passion into transformative projects that impact the people they serve. His recent projects include the restoration of Cincinnati’s iconic Union Terminal, an administrative and service expansion for St. Vincent de Paul, the new urban development at Court & Walnut, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new theater. An active participant in the Urban Land Institute, Steve advances the national conversation about thriving communities by speaking at the national, regional and local level.

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