DLR Group Adds Higher Education Leader in San Francisco

Irene Monis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined DLR Group to lead the Higher Education Studio in northern California. Based in San Francisco, Monis is responsible for collaborating with design teams to expand DLR Group’s Higher Education practice across the Bay Area and the upper region of the state.

DLR Group Principal Irene Monis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.

“Irene is a recognized leader in our industry. She brings the expertise, knowledge of the state collegiate system, and a commitment to high-quality design that is crucial for continued growth throughout California,” says DLR Group Principal Stu Rothenberger, AIA, who leads our Global Higher Education Studio.

Monis is well-versed in working with designers and institutional stakeholders to create solutions that sustain new educational models and enhance the student, faculty, and end-user experience. For the past two decades she has dedicated her career to higher education, specializing in the planning and design of academic environments, biomedical research buildings, and science and technology facilities for colleges and universities in California. In addition, Monis’ projects have earned industry recognition by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Interior Design Association, Engineering News-Record, and the Sustainable Building Industry Council.

“Education is a fundamental pillar of any society. Being able to influence and shape educational environments gives me the opportunity to elevate the human experience through design,” says Monis. “I believe architecture best achieves its purpose when it merges design excellence with technical innovation and positively impacts the community it serves.”

Monis maintains an active role in the design and education industries. She is the current chair of AIA San Francisco’s Committee on Architecture for Education, a group of architects, allied professionals, learners, educators, and administrators focused on learning environment best practices. She also is a member of the Society for College and University Planning and the AIA San Francisco Board of Directors, and has served as a studio critique and guest lecturer for community college programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.