April 29, 2020

S2 Ep. 15 Intentional Humanity: The common thread for design, culture, and leadership

Steven Chaparro has been fascinated by structure and design since he was a child. At the age of five, he used a Bugs Bunny art kit to sketch a neighbor’s house. In middle school, he chose to draw Thomas Jefferson’s palatial home, Monticello, for a project on historical figures. Steve knew he wanted a career in architecture and — set out to get it. And after years as a successful architect, Steve has become a different kind of designer altogether. Today, he helps businesses design and transform their cultures. Take a moment with hosts Nathan Bennett and Mari Yamaguchi as they discuss Steve’s views on creating and maintaining a company culture that goes beyond ping-pong tables and open-concept office plans. Steve also shares his insights on brand storytelling, spatial diversity and how intentional humanity is crucial in maintaining culture — especially during times of uncertainty.



Steve Chaparro

Steve Chaparro is a keynote speaker and culture design strategist. He is passionate about helping creative companies transform their workplace culture through co-creative design. He is the founder of Culture Design Studio and is also the host of The Culture Design Show podcast.  Steve began his career as an architect then moved on to real estate development. During his time as VP of Strategic Design for Visioneering Studio, a national design firm, he began to sense that his 20+ year career had prepared him to help organizations transform culture by using the mindsets and methodologies he had learned. That is when Culture Design Studio was born. Steve facilitates workshops for world-class companies across the globe as part of the teams at Duarte Design and DesignThinkers Group USA. Find more on Steve at LinkedIn and Twitter.