Steve Allen Shard began his private practice in Massachusetts in 1973 under the name
Design Services Unlimited. After moving to Central Florida in 1979, he opened his Orlando office under the same DSU name.
After studying classical, traditional and vernacular architecture at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, he changed the name of the practice to Classical Design Services in order to reflect the new direction that he wanted to pursue.
During the economic crisis from 2008 to 2010, Steve decided to close his office and moved to the Far East where he lived for nearly a year, studying architectural styles of many cultures.
While living in the Far East, he began writing his book, Practical Home Planning for the Twenty- First Century, which was first published in 2011.
Upon his return to Florida in late 2009, Steve opened a smaller office to continue his writing. When the second edition of the book was published in 2012, he decided to re-enter the design practice and opened under the new name, Classical Traditions.
Steve is still researching and writing. He is currently working on a Remodeling Edition of Practical Home Planning for the Twenty- First Century. You can see more information, read excerpts and purchase books at http://www.practicalhomeplanning.com.
Any gap between humans can be successfully bridged through mutual, respectful, sympathetic communication.--Steve Allen Shard
* 1989: Second place, AIBD national design competition for construction documents.
* 1998: First Place, Enable magazine and the University of North Carolina for
*2008: First Place, American Residential Design Awards for adaptive reuse in Universal Design
* 2011: Second Place, National Aging in Place Council, Central Florida Chapter for Universal Design.
* 1998 to 2008: Orlando Sentinel, 18 entries in the Design of the Week.
* Residential Architect magazine, December 2002, 2 letters to the editor in commentary of current issues within the profession.
* Residential Design/Build magazine, July, 2001: article with commentary on housing regulations and policies.
* Home Design Journal, published by AIBD, 2004: article entitled Universal Design for Barrier-Free Living, excerpted from Practical Home Planning for the Twenty-first Century.
* Practical Home Planning for the Twenty-first Century--Condensed Edition, published by Legacy Book Publishers, 2011. 202 pages. Designed as a practical educational tool for builders, contractors and developers to assist them with their clients on the process of home planning, design and construction..
* Practical Home Planning for the Twenty-first Century--Expanded Edition, published by Legacy Book Publishers, 2012. 228 pages with hundreds of drawings, diagrams and photographs in an easy to understand format. Designed as a practical educational tool for homeowners and prospective homeowners outlining all the steps in home planning, design and construction from the inception of the idea until move-in, covering every aspect of the process.
* American Institute of Building Design
* Congress of Residential Architecture
* National Trust for Historic Preservation
* National Council of Building Designer Certification
* Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
* Tiny House Society