Early in his career, Steven Weir worked with a construction management company and held a research internship, working on solar energy-assisted mechanical systems. He gained experience managing public private venture partnerships and facilitating community-based design workshops.
With degrees in architectural engineering and environmental design, Weir is a licensed architect with over 30 years of field experience. He spent 16 years in private practice, the majority of that time with a San Francisco-based architectural and real estate development firm, working on projects throughout the Pacific rim. Those projects included private and institutional multi-family residential, office, retail and hotel properties.
Weir’s first experience with Habitat for Humanity was as a founding board member for a local Habitat affiliate in California in 1986. He joined the Habitat for Humanity International staff in 1993, inaugurating Habitat’s Sri Lanka country program before moving to the role of vice president for HFHI operations in Asia and the Pacific. In this position he provided leadership and management oversight to the organization’s response to the Indian Ocean tsunami, a four-country effort that built and repaired 25,000 houses with low-income families.
Subsequent disaster response reconstruction projects—in Pakistan, Myanmar, Yogyakarta, China and other locations—have proven the appropriateness and efficacy of the community-based methodologies and technical advances he promoted. With his strong background in disaster management and innovative approaches to post-disaster housing reconstruction, he spearheaded the Habitat Resource Center model which addresses gaps in the housing production process that typically occur in post-disaster contexts.
Weir currently serves as vice president of Global Program Development and Support. As such, he coordinates the strategic development and support of Habitat’s multi-million dollar programs in countries around the world in the areas of housing and human settlement, disaster response, housing finance and program design and implementation.