Christner Architects’ Stacey Wehe named one of 2023’s Most Influential Business Women

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Stacey Wehe, Managing Principal and Education and Cultural Market Leader of Christner Architects, has been recognized by St. Louis Business Journal as one of 2023’s Most Influential Business Women.

One of the most prestigious awards for business women and leaders of the St. Louis region, Stacey Wehe was selected by a panel of judges based on her remarkable impact on Christner Architects and in the community.

From early in her architectural career, it was clear that Stacey Wehe was a rising star. She founded the non-profit MothUp St. Louis (which became the Saint Louis TEN) and was included in the Nine Voices series on KETC/Channel 9. In 2011, she was on the Alive Magazine buzz list as one of St. Louis’ most influential people and was honored in 30 under 30 by both the SLBJ and Forbes Magazine.

After establishing her career at Mackey Mitchell, Stacey joined Christner Architects where her trajectory continued to rise. Stacey oversees marketing strategy and business development and serves as the market leader for Education and Cultural Projects. Under her leadership, Christner Architects has achieved WBE status, won 16 AIA design awards, been named an AIA Emerging-Professional Friendly Firm, and has been recognized by the SLBJ for six years in a row for its Philanthropy. 

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In addition to her management role, Stacey is leading some of the most impactful and transformative architectural projects in the region that will undoubtedly continue to propel St. Louis forward. Her current projects include the Rung for Women Expansion, St. Louis CITY Soccer Club Headquarters, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Renovation and Expansion, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Health Sciences Building, and the Steinberg Pavilion Area Project in Forest Park. Through both her management style and her project work, Stacey is an extraordinary supporter of women in a traditionally male-dominated industry, assembling and leading all female-led project teams for notable projects including Rung for Women and Steinberg Pavilion. During her eight-year tenure with Christner Architects, Stacey has managed over $250 million in construction. 

Stacey is personally motivated by doing impactful work in her community and has demonstrated a deep commitment to the success of the region. Arguably, her greatest impact in our region has been helping mission-driven clients achieve their fullest potential through successful planning and design. In addition to her dedication to her clients, she served on Mayor Slay’s Vanguard Cabinet, was a member of the FOCUS Leadership St. Louis class of 2012/2013, and has been a member of both the Central West End Planning and Development committee and the City Garden Montessori School Building & Grounds Committee. 

As a City resident and mother of three, Stacey is especially passionate about supporting pathways to education for all residents and regularly donates her time and professional services to organizations including Beyond Housing and Cornerstone Center for Early Learning. Through her work with City Garden Montessori School in particular, Stacey supported the school’s recent expansion by donating her time to facilitate initial planning and programming conversations, developing a statement of needs for their real estate search, evaluating potential properties for the school, and supporting the transition of their former school into a COVID-friendly early childhood center.

A certified women-owned business, Christner Architects enjoys a reputation for design excellence and deep experience in technically complex projects.  As a single office firm that is dedicated to doing exceptional work locally, there is nothing we love more than collaborating with institutions that seek to strengthen and grow the region. 

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