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Leadership

A leadership culture is intrinsic to DLR Group and is a direct outcome of being a 100% employee-owned firm.

There is no glass tower housing DLR Group executive leadership on the 44th floor. Our sector, discipline, and executive leaders are dispersed across the U.S. to mentor the next generation of employee-owners, counsel clients, and share their design voice in their local communities.
dlr group ceo and managing principal griff davenport

Griff Davenport

Chief Executive Officer Managing Principal
dlr group ceo and managing principal griff davenport

Griff Davenport

FAIA
Chief Executive Officer Managing Principal
Griff Davenport, FAIA, is DLR Group’s chief executive officer. He leads the firm’s executive leadership team, is a chair of the Board of Directors, and collaborates with senior leadership to craft the firm's business strategy and elevate DLR Group design. He joined DLR Group in 1980 and has practiced his entire career with the firm. Under his leadership, the firm has grown from 400 employees in 12 offices to more than 1,200 employees in 30 locations around globe. He is a chair of the AIA Large Firm Round Table and is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee at the University of Nebraska College of Architecture.
DLR Group COO Charles Dalluge

Charles Dalluge

Chief Operating Officer Managing Principal
DLR Group COO Charles Dalluge

Charles Dalluge

LEED AP
Chief Operating Officer Managing Principal
Charles Dalluge is chief operating officer and a member of the DLR Group board of directors. He collaborates with both sector and discipline leaders to implement strategies to generate growth and is responsible for leading operations in locations across the United States and internationally. He is a passionate advocate for design and serves as co-chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Association of General Contractors Joint Committee; chair of the AIA Large Firm Round Table’s COO Committee; and an Executive Board Member of the Design Futures Council. His advocacy also includes activity on Capitol Hill, lobbying and testifying on behalf of architects, engineers, planners, and interior designers; and is a featured speaker to business, government, and design groups around the world.
DLR Group Chief Marketing Officer John Fuller

John Fuller

Chief Marketing Officer Managing Principal
DLR Group Chief Marketing Officer John Fuller

John Fuller

Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Chief Marketing Officer Managing Principal
John Fuller strategically leads the global marketing, business development, and growth initiatives for the firm’s core market sectors as chief marketing officer. Under his leadership, DLR Group’s new fees have tripled from $106.9 million in 2009 to more than $300 million. He is a member of the firm’s board of directors. He has been instrumental in the firm’s growth strategies, both organically and through mergers and acquisitions, assisting with the integration of culture, operations, and design expertise. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects – Large Firm Roundtable Marketing Sub-Committee. John joined DLR Group in Omaha in 1986, and co-founded DLR Group’s Kansas City office in 1994. He was instrumental in the growth of the firm’s K-12 practice in the Midwest, helping school districts secure more than $2 billion in construction funding.
dlr group global design leader steve mckay

Steven McKay

Global Design Leader Managing Principal
dlr group global design leader steve mckay

Steven McKay

RIBA, LEED AP
Global Design Leader Managing Principal
Steven McKay is the DLR Group’s global design leader. He guides the firm in fulfilling its vision to elevate the human experience through design as the leader of the firm’s global Design Forum, and as a member of the firm’s board of directors. He collaborates with sector and office leadership in all locations to instill DLR Group’s integrated design process in every design team. He was instrumental in DLR Group being an early adopter of the 2030 Challenge, and an initial signatory of both the AIA 2030 Commitment and the China Accord – a commitment made by design firms to plan and design all cities, towns, and buildings in China to low carbon/carbon neutral standards. Steven joined DLR Group’s Seattle office in 1996. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects; senior fellow and board member of the Design Futures Council, serves on the Architectural Advisory Council for the College of Design at Iowa State University; and with the AIA Large Firm Roundtable Sustainability Sub-Committee.
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Audrey Koehn

Global Interiors Leader Principal
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Audrey Koehn

ASID, LEED AP
Global Interiors Leader Principal
Audrey leads an interiors studio of more than 125 interior design professionals. She is responsible for elevating the firm’s interior design and collaborates with interiors professionals across all of the firm’s global locations to establish standards and ensure consistency across integrated design teams.
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Lloyd Ramsey

Global Engineering Leader Principal
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Lloyd Ramsey

Global Engineering Leader Principal
Lloyd leads the firm’s engineering practice and is a nationally recognized expert in integrated design and building optimization. He leads our full-service engineering discipline, collaborating with civil, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and structural engineering professionals to deliver design excellence for clients.
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Molly Johnson

Chief Human Resources Officer Principal
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Molly Johnson

Chief Human Resources Officer Principal
Molly is our chief human resources officer, based in the Minneapolis office. She leads a team responsible for benefits; compliance; equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives; performance management; and talent acquisition. She works with leadership and employee-owners to ensure transparency; development; appreciation for equity, diversity and inclusion; and performance management to attract design talent to the firm.
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Kevin Gent

Global Practice Leader Principal
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Kevin Gent

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Global Practice Leader Principal
Kevin is the firm’s global practice leader, and brings more than 40 years of experience in architecture, planning, and construction administration. He leads a practice team that works with design and discipline leaders in every office and studio.
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Brooke Grammier

Chief Information Officer Principal
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Brooke Grammier

Chief Information Officer Principal
Brooke is our chief information officer, a member of the executive leadership team, and works globally across the enterprise from the Houston office. In this strategic role, she collaborates with leaders of the firm’s design, operational, practice, and technology teams to formulate a strategic vision for technology at DLR Group. She leads a global team that tracks new technologies and product development to better meet the needs of DLR Group’s integrated design teams, clients, and ultimately, building users.
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Rebecca Schnack

Chief Financial Officer Principal
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Rebecca Schnack

CPA
Chief Financial Officer Principal
Becky is the chief financial officer and a member of our executive committee. She is responsible for the financial operations of our firm and leads a financial services team that oversees all financial functions and reporting protocols, including international operations.

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Ruairi Barnwell

Smart Buildings Leader Principal
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Ruairi Barnwell

HBDP, LEED AP BD+C
Smart Buildings Leader Principal
Ruairi leads the Smart Building practice at our firm. His team uses high performance design, energy modeling, advanced building simulations, and actual performance data to design smart buildings that deliver improved performance for owners and occupants. He pioneered sonrai IAQ by DLR Group, an intelligent analytics platform that collects, visualizes, and analyzes building performance data.
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Patrick Barrett

Theatrical Design Leader Senior Associate
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Patrick Barrett

ASTC
Theatrical Design Leader Senior Associate
Patrick leads Theater Planning + Technology. He focuses on planning spaces and designing systems for the arts to support a wide range of performances. Patrick and his team focus on how patrons will interact with the building and how performers and technicians can ultimately use the space.
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Lana Bayless

Civil Engineering Leader Principal
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Lana Bayless

PE
Civil Engineering Leader Principal
Lana leads our civil engineering team and is an accomplished engineer and site planner. She brings more than 20 years of experience in public and private sector development to integrated teams with expertise in site selection, evaluation, and planning. Lana has a dual education in architecture and engineering, enabling her to mentor civil engineers about the process of integrated design from a unique, multidisciplinary viewpoint.
dlr group's design technology leader bill carney

William Carney

Design Technology Leader Principal
dlr group's design technology leader bill carney

William Carney

Design Technology Leader Principal
William researches and directs the testing and evaluation of emerging design technologies and workflows to advance the firms’ integrated design process. He leads the Design Technology Research team within the Research & Development studio to ensure the firm’s integrated design teams are advancing design innovation and project delivery.
Roger chang

Roger Chang

Mechanical Engineering Leader Principal
Roger chang

Roger Chang

PE, LEED Fellow
Mechanical Engineering Leader Principal
Roger is a passionate advocate for integrated design and high-performance buildings, particularly within the context of historic and cultural projects. His work has received two AIA COTE awards and his experience includes work at National Institute of Standards and Technology, and collaborations with the Harvard School of Public Health.
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David Contag

Senior Landscape Architect Principal
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David Contag

PLA, ASLA
Senior Landscape Architect Principal
David’s work results in sustainable spaces that elevate user experiences on academic and corporate campuses, sporting venues, and mixed-use developments for clients and communities across the country. He leads a growing landscape studio which excels at master planning and facilitating community and user group meetings to build consensus for public projects.
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Andy Ernsting

Brand Communications Leader Senior Principal
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Andy Ernsting

Brand Communications Leader Senior Principal
Andy leads the marketing communications strategy for DLR Group. In this role he is responsible for the strategic evolution of the DLR Group brand including internal communications, digital strategy and presence, public relations, and national partnerships and promotions. He collaborates with senior leadership and practice area leaders to effectively communicate the design benefits of each DLR Group practice area to its constituents.
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Chris Ertl

Global Science+Technology Leader Principal
dlr group science+technology leader chris ertl

Chris Ertl

AIA, LEED AP
Global Science+Technology Leader Principal
As the firm’s global science+technology leader, Chris is responsible for growing the practice and elevating lab planning and design services for clients in the education, healthcare, and workplace markets.
dlr group acoustics leader jonathan hopkins

Jonathan Hopkins

Acoustics Leader Principal
dlr group acoustics leader jonathan hopkins

Jonathan Hopkins

Acoustics Leader Principal
Jonathan leads our award-winning acoustic design team. He has experience working in performing arts and museum environments to deliver the unique sensory experiences of sound for patrons of premier spaces around the globe. Jonathan is a lifelong musician, studying voice, piano, and saxophone performance, as well as music theory.
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Jake McConnell

Structural Engineering Leader Principal
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Jake McConnell

PE, SE
Structural Engineering Leader Principal
Jake leads our firm’s structural engineering team in delivering solution for both new construction and renovation. Our firm's structural engineers are integral members of integrated design teams from planning and concept design to construction documents, through construction administration to deliver sustainable buildings in all areas of the country.
DLR Group Principal Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Global Business Development Leader Principal
DLR Group Principal Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Global Business Development Leader Principal
Tom is engaged in all aspects of hiring, professional development, coaching, and mentoring of the firm’s business development professionals. He is a trusted partner of all DLR Group studio leaders to ensure sector dedicated business development leaders are driving the new fee and revenue goals of DLR Group.
Shona Odea

Shona O'Dea

High Performance Design Leader Principal
Shona Odea

Shona O'Dea

WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C
High Performance Design Leader Principal
Shona’s focus on efficiency and indoor environmental quality is an important component of our High Performance Design team, supporting our pursuit of sustainable design and operation. Her primary goal is to challenge people to think differently about the way they design and operate buildings, advising teams from sustainable goal setting to efficient operations. She uses building simulation to help designers quantify energy savings and understand the interaction between building design, mechanical systems, and the environment.

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Brian Arial

Global Mixed-Use Leader Senior Principal
Brian Arial in a dark suit jacket and blue button up shirt

Brian Arial

AIA
Global Mixed-Use Leader Senior Principal
Brian is the global leader of our Mixed-Use studio, meeting the needs of developers and retail brands in markets across the country and overseas. His extensive experience on a wide-variety of commercial projects including hospitality, restaurants, workplace, retail, and entertainment supports clients like Disney, Macerich, Westfield, Whole Foods, and Federal Realty.
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Don Barnum

Global Sports Leader Principal
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Don Barnum

AIA
Global Sports Leader Principal
Don is the global leader of our Sports studio, leading clients to functional and design-centered solutions that elevate the athlete and fan experience. Don's experience includes projects with universities, municipalities, and teams, including projects at the University of Southern California, University of Houston, Penn State University, Creighton University, and the University of Texas.
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Jim French

Global K-12 Education Leader Senior Principal
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Jim French

FAIA
Global K-12 Education Leader Senior Principal
Jim leads our Global K-12 Education studio and is one of the most respected K-12 designers in the United States. He has led the design of educational facilities cumulating in billions of dollars and has a thorough understanding of how kids learn. Jim speaks regularly to education audiences at events across the country including the National School Boards Association; and multiple states' school board association conferences including Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas; and regional gatherings of the Association for Learning Environments.
DLR Group Principal Denis Henmi.

Denis Henmi

Global Transportation Leader Principal
DLR Group Principal Denis Henmi.

Denis Henmi

FAIA, LEED AP
Global Transportation Leader Principal
Denis is the global leader for our Transportation studio. His experience spans rail station design, airport expansions and renovations, ferry terminals, and other specialized transit-oriented development. He provides clients a depth of unique experience in coordinating and advancing large public transportation projects with local government agencies.
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Philip LiBassi

Global Healthcare Leader Senior Principal
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Philip LiBassi

FAIA, FACHA
Global Healthcare Leader Senior Principal
As our global healthcare leader, Phil provides comprehensive, innovative solutions that respond to the client’s ethos and needs. He is committed to design innovation for healthcare facilities and learning centers from the Cleveland Clinic and Veterans Administration, and the Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University.

Michael Minton

Federal Leader Principal

Michael Minton

AIA
Federal Leader Principal
Michael is our firm’s federal market leader. He interfaces with a variety of government agencies to design and deliver large, complex Federal projects around the world. Based in Washington, DC, he has more than 25 years of experience as a senior architect for the Department of State and has managed the design of embassies in Moscow, Rome, Paris, and Madrid.
DLR Group Principal Jeremy Reding

Jeremy Reding

Global Workplace Leader Principal
DLR Group Principal Jeremy Reding

Jeremy Reding

AIA, LEED AP
Global Workplace Leader Principal
Jeremy, the global leader for our Workplace studio, is an innovative designer and architect who cares about both the big picture and intricate details of each and every project. He's interested in design that explores the holistic aspects of a given environment, program, or brand through every scale and detail. His inspiration is derived from a variety of sources including: land art, travel, biomimicry, and client interaction. Jeremy’s work includes projects for public and private clients alike, of all shapes and sizes, including work for clients in our Workplace, K-12, and Justice+Civic sectors.

Stuart Rothenberger

Global Higher Education Leader Senior Principal

Stuart Rothenberger

AIA, LEED AP
Global Higher Education Leader Senior Principal
Stu is the global leader of our Higher Education studio. He has served higher education clients almost exclusively throughout his career, delivering innovative design solutions that meet current and future needs of students and staff.
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Darrell Stelling

Global Justice+Civic Leader Senior Principal
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Darrell Stelling

AIA, DBIA
Global Justice+Civic Leader Senior Principal
Darrell is the global leader of our Government and Justice practice, guiding teams to meet the needs of clients across the country and overseas. He builds and leads teams to meet the unique needs of public clients at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels.
Paul Westlake

Paul Westlake

Global Cultural+Performing Arts Leader Senior Principal
Paul Westlake

Paul Westlake

FAIA, IIDA
Global Cultural+Performing Arts Leader Senior Principal
Paul, the global leader for our Cultural+Performing Arts studio, collaborates with a diverse range of clients, including Broadway producers; premier performing arts centers, orchestras, and conservatories of music; major museums; and academic arts institutions. He has cultivated a team of designers and technicians specializing in the arts that has developed an internationally recognized portfolio of award-winning design.
DLR Group Global Hospitality Leader Ed Wilms

Ed Wilms

Global Hospitality Leader Principal
DLR Group Global Hospitality Leader Ed Wilms

Ed Wilms

AIA
Global Hospitality Leader Principal
Ed, the global leader for our Hospitality studio, is a leading expert for hospitality, gaming, and entertainment design. He understands the importance of engaging all stakeholders in a highly collaborative design process to produce captivating spaces that enhance the guest experience and build brand loyalty. Ed empowers teams to develop design solutions that remain relevant over time, and his strong leadership and guidance creates an open and effective project team to accomplish a client’s vision.

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Andy Anderson

Southeast Region Leader Senior Principal
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Andy Anderson

AIA, LEED AP
Southeast Region Leader Senior Principal
Andy joined DLR Group in 1995 and is a member of the firm's senior leadership team. He is the Southeast Region Leader, responsible for operations across 13 states and offices in Orlando, Austin, Dallas, Houston and Kansas City.
DLR Group Cleveland Office Leader Matt Janiak

Matthew Janiak

Northeast Region Leader Senior Principal
DLR Group Cleveland Office Leader Matt Janiak

Matthew Janiak

AIA, LEED AP
Northeast Region Leader Senior Principal
Matt is the Northeast Region Leader, directing operations for offices in Cleveland, New York, and Washington, D.C. Matt specialized in Performing Arts and his significant projects include the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival; Oberlin College Conservatory of Music which consistently ranks as one of the top five conservatories in the U.S.; and the El Dorado Entertainment District in downtown El Dorado, Arkansas.
DLR Group Principal and architect Curtis Johnson.

Curtis Johnson

Central Region Leader Principal
DLR Group Principal and architect Curtis Johnson.

Curtis Johnson

AIA, LEED AP
Central Region Leader Principal
Curtis leads firm operations, client services, and staff professional development for DLR Group's offices in Des Moines, Iowa; and Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Curtis also is an adept client leader and a member of the K-12 Studio in Nebraska, guiding school districts through all phases of project development. His design work impacts thousands of students and teachers every day in schools throughout the Midwest.
DLR Group Senior Principal Scott Kruse.

Scott Kruse

Northwest Region Leader Senior Principal
DLR Group Senior Principal Scott Kruse.

Scott Kruse

AIA
Northwest Region Leader Senior Principal
Scott is DLR Group's Northwest Region Leader, with executive responsibility for firm operations and client services. Since beginning his career in 1981, Scott has grown a passion for leading with integrated project teams and ensuring all team members have the support and resources they need to create success for clients.
DLR Group Principal Lihong Qiu.

Lihong Qiu

Asia Region Leader Principal
DLR Group Principal Lihong Qiu.

Lihong Qiu

Class 1 Registered Architect, Professor Level-Architect ASC Fellow
Asia Region Leader Principal
Lihong leads DLR Group's operations in Shanghai . His insight and knowledge of Chinese development procedures makes him a valuable asset to ensure high-quality design solutions for clients doing business in China. He is a Chinese Class I registered architect and a fellow of the China Architecture Association.
DLR Group Senior Principal and architect Peter Rutti.

Peter Rutti

Southwest Region Leader Senior Principal
DLR Group Senior Principal and architect Peter Rutti.

Peter Rutti

AIA, NCARB
Southwest Region Leader Senior Principal
Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the architectural field, focusing for the past decade on the design of complex and high-profile performing arts centers for professional and higher education clients. His design approach focuses on fostering collaboration, engaging personally on projects, listening to client needs, assessing project programs, giving design form, and delivering inspiring solutions.
DLR Group Architect Jamal Salem

Jamal Salem

Dubai Studio Leader Senior Associate
DLR Group Architect Jamal Salem

Jamal Salem

Dubai Studio Leader Senior Associate
Jamal is responsible for design and client services throughout the Middle East, leading operations from the DLR Group Dubai office. He has practiced extensively in the Middle East, leading the successful delivery of high-profile projects in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.  
DLR Group Senior Principal and architect Pamela Touschner.

Pamela Touschner

California Region Leader Senior Principal
DLR Group Senior Principal and architect Pamela Touschner.

Pamela Touschner

FAIA
California Region Leader Senior Principal
Pam is an award-winning architect with expertise in delivery of civic and institutional facilities. A passionate proponent of the architecture profession, she has held numerous AIA leadership positions at the local, regional and national levels, including president of the AIA California Council and as California regional director for AIA.
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Kate Yurko

North Central Region Leader Principal
Kate Yurko in a blue shirt and dark suit jacket

Kate Yurko

AIA, LEED AP
North Central Region Leader Principal
Kate leads the North Central region. Her strong communication and management skills engage stakeholders and facilitate discussions to build consensus around project visions.

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