Stephen Hsueh was born and raised on the northside of Chicago. Growing up in the city he discovered skateboarding as an outlet for creative self-expression and stress-relief. It eventually led him to discover art and design through skateboarding’s creative community. Skateboarding exposed him to meeting a diverse group of people ranging from many different backgrounds and cultures. Through those people, he was inspired to use his newly found passion for art and design to help create a better-built environment through the act of architecture and urban design.