Steven Beites

Assistant Professor, M.Sc, M.Arch


  • M.Sc (Post Professional - Architecture), University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • M.Arch, University of Toronto

Office: TE-212 - Downtown Sudbury Campus
705 675 1151 #7263

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Steven Beites is an Assistant Professor at the Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture and Principal of Studio Kimiis, an award-winning design/fabrication studio working at the intersection of art and architecture.  Steven has held positions at the Department of Architectural Science and School of Interior Design at the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) as well as the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. His work has led to recurring workshops and guest critic invitations at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, SCAPE Landscape Architecture, etc. as well as an appointment as Associate Director in the inaugural year of TMU’s Design Fabrication Zone.

Steven’s research explores the integration of emergent design, robotics and materials as a means to investigate the role of digital technologies towards design/fabrication innovation, and to inspire conversations on the broader issues of architecture, culture and technology. Through his funded research and teaching efforts, his work attempts to radically rethink how we design and build homes in order to unlock new territories in delivering adequate and affordable housing. His research is cross-disciplinary, working alongside robotic engineering and architectural research units in the development of automated technologies as an alternative framework for construction, novel prefab and modular assemblies, bio-based materials and circular, low-carbon construction, in virtue of decarbonizing our built environment.

As a practitioner, Steven has extensive experience with government-awarded and institutional projects delivering high-quality contemporary design that is supported by a strong historical and cultural framework. The practice has been the successful recipient of numerous national and international competitions culminating in a series of high-profile commissions across Canada.

Research and Scholarship

2021 – Present New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration Grant:  Human-Robot Interaction and Collaboration as a Catalyst for Creative Economy, Community Outreach and Emerging Design-Build Solutions in Ontario’s North
2020 – Present SSHRC: Insight Development Grant (Research Creation): Architecture, Neuroscience and Technology: An Investigation into the Experiential Dimensions of the Built Environment
2019 – Present Industry Grant: Northern Platform: Digital fabrication and robotic methodologies specific to in-situ construction processes.

Creative Activity

2023 Robotically Printed Assemblies – Exhibition: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
2023 Cable Driven Parallel Robots for in-situ construction
2023 Experiential Dimensions of the Built Environment

Work and Practice

2023 Studio Kimiis: New Market, ON: “PostMark Hotel”
2022-23 Studio Kimiis: Block 15 King’s Landing, City of Toronto, ON
2021 Studio Kimiis: Toronto, ON: “Insignia Pavilion” Hotel X
2019 Studio Kimiis: Toronto, ON: “Droplet Pavilion”


  1. McDonald, Ethan, Marc Arsenault, and Steven Beites. “Design of a suspended cable-driven parallel robot for the semi-automation of construction tasks.”, CCToMM Mechanisms, Machines, and Mechatronics (M3) Symposium. July 2023.
  2. McDonald, Ethan, Marc Arsenault, and Steven Beites. “Design of a 3-DoF Cable-Driven Parallel Robot for Automated Construction Based on Workspace and Kinematic Sensitivity.” Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics (2023): 1-25.
  3. McDonald, E., Beites, S., Arsenault, M. (2022). CDPR Studio: A Parametric Design Tool for Simulating Cable-Suspended Parallel Robots. In: Gerber, D., Pantazis, E., Bogosian, B., Nahmad, A., Miltiadis, C. (eds) Computer-Aided Architectural Design. Design Imperatives: The Future is Now. CAAD Futures 2021. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1465. Springer, Singapore.
  4. Berman I, El Khafif M, Del Signore M, Beites S. (2020). Chapter 4: Data + Urban Design, Urban
    Syncopation. Del Signore M, Diniz N, Melendez F. Data, Matter, Design: Strategies in Computational Design. Routledge, 2020. 1st Edition: Chapter 4.
  5. Beites, S., ‘Performative Aesthetics: An Exploration into DLT-Ceramic Composite Wall Assemblies.’, Proceedings of the 108th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. 2020
  6. Beites, S., ‘Droplet Pavilion.’, Proceedings of the 108th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. 2020.
  7. Beites, Steven. Context Through Awareness, Atmosphere 10 Fabrications Symposium, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2018.
  8. Beites, S., Berman, I., Khafif, M., Signore, M., ‘Urban Syncopation’, Proceedings of the 105th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, Detroit, Michigan, 2017, p.140-141.
  9. Beites, Steven. Material-Driven Design Approach, Landscape Record 2016 No.2: Digital Fabrication, 115-117.
  10. Beites, Steven. Jetee, Landscape Record 2016 No.2: Digital Fabrication, 57-59.
  11. Beites, Steven. Morphological Behavior of Shape Memory Polymers Towards a Deployable, Adaptive Architecture. ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture.