Stephen Deters is sole practitioner of Deterranch, a multi-disciplinary creative endeavor turning ideas into things. Excelling at the visual arts (drawing, sculpture) and athletics as a child, Stephen studied architecture in the United States (Urbana, IL and Los Angeles, CA) and Europe (Versailles, FR and Vienna, AT -- two rare exemplars of the Rococo style) before taking up music and cultural theory in young adulthood. It is this panoply of talents and interests that he hopes will inspire younger generations of polymaths to take up the building of monuments.
Before launching Deterranch, Deters worked professionally in the great triumvirate of American cities (Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, chronologically), across a spectrum of notable architectural firms; each locale exposing him to different building and cultural environments. Stephen’s keen awareness of geographical nuance and architectural history fuel his work's engagement with the vernacular: a considered flirtation with the banal in a feverish quest for the peculiar. Deters is notable as the progenitor of the Neu France Rurale architectural style of the mid-21st Century, originating in the region flanked by the Embarras and Little Wabash rivers.