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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.

Steven McKay

Chief Executive Officer Managing Principal

Steven McKay

RIBA, LEED AP
Chief Executive Officer Managing Principal
Steven McKay 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. Steven 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.

Griff Davenport

Chairman of the Board Managing Principal

Griff Davenport

FAIA
Chairman of the Board Managing Principal
Griff Davenport, FAIA, is DLR Group’s Chairman of the Board. He 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 the 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.

Charles Dalluge

Chief Operating Officer Managing Principal

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.

John Fuller

Chief Marketing Officer Managing Principal

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.

Audrey Koehn

Global Interiors Leader Principal

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.

Lloyd Ramsey

Global Engineering Leader Senior Principal

Lloyd Ramsey

Global Engineering Leader Senior 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.

Molly Johnson

Chief Human Resources Officer Principal

Molly Johnson

Chief Human Resources Officer Principal
Molly is DLR Group’s Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the executive committee. She works from Minneapolis and leads an HR team responsible for benefits; compliance; equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives; performance management, and learning and development to attract design talent to the firm.

Heather Galvin

Chief Information Officer Senior Associate

Heather Galvin

Chief Information Officer Senior Associate
Heather is DLR Group’s chief information officer. She is responsible for the delivery of business solutions through information management and technology to increase productivity and efficiency. She leads a team that tracks new technologies and product development to meet the needs of the firm’s integrated design teams.

Rebecca Schnack

Chief Financial Officer Senior Principal

Rebecca Schnack

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

Ruairi Barnwell

Smart Buildings Leader Principal

Ruairi Barnwell

HBDP, LEED AP BD+C
Smart Buildings Leader Principal
Ruairi leads the Smart Building practice, which uses high performance design; energy modeling; advanced building simulations; and real performance data to deliver optimal performance for owners and occupants. He pioneered sonrai IAQ by DLR Group, a platform that collects, analyzes, and visualizes building performance data.

Patrick Barrett

Theatrical Design Leader Senior Associate

Patrick Barrett

ASTC
Theatrical Design Leader Senior Associate
Patrick leads theater design for the firm by planning spaces and designing systems for the arts to support a wide range of performances. He and his team focus on how patrons will interact with the building, and how performers and technicians can ultimately use the space.
DLR Group Principal and Civil Engineering Leader lana bayless, PE

Lana Bayless

Civil Engineering Leader Principal
DLR Group Principal and Civil Engineering Leader lana bayless, PE

Lana Bayless

PE
Civil Engineering Leader Principal
Lana leads DLR Group’s civil engineering team. An accomplished engineer and site planner, she is an expert in site selection, evaluation, and planning. With a dual education in architecture and engineering, she mentors civil engineers about integrated design from a multidisciplinary point of view.

William Carney

Design Technology Leader Principal

William Carney

Design Technology Leader Principal
William leads the Design Technology Research team within Research & Development to propel design innovation and project delivery. He researches and directs the testing and evaluation of emerging design technologies and workflows to advance the firms’ integrated design process.

David Contag

Senior Landscape Architect Principal

David Contag

PLA, ASLA
Senior Landscape Architect Principal
David leads a landscape studio that excels at master planning and facilitating community and user group consensus for public projects. His work results in sustainable spaces on academic and corporate campuses, sporting venues, and mixed-use developments for clients and communities across the country.

Wesley Davis

Renewable Energy Leader Principal

Wesley Davis

PhD, PE
Renewable Energy Leader Principal
Wesley is DLR Group’s Renewable Energy Leader, and he leads sustainable energy efforts; supports solar projects; and is a respected mentor for young engineers. He implements net zero energy plans across projects of all sizes, and brings solar projects from ground breaking to commissioning.

Andy Ernsting

Brand Communications Leader Senior Principal

Andy Ernsting

Brand Communications Leader Senior Principal
Andy leads the marketing communications strategy for DLR Group. In this role he collaborates with firm leadership to guide the strategic evolution of the DLR Group brand including internal communications, digital strategy and presence, public relations, and national partnerships and promotions.

Chris Ertl

Global Science+Technology Leader Principal

Chris Ertl

AIA, LEED AP
Global Science+Technology Leader Principal
Chris leads DLR Group’s Science+Technology studio to deliver healthcare lab solutions; research and teaching labs on academic campuses; and biotech, pharmaceutical, and other corporate facilities. He ensures lab designs are adaptable for future users/programs, and are safe and healthy for occupants.

Joshua Haney

Global Architecture Leader Principal

Joshua Haney

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Global Architecture Leader Principal
Josh leads an architecture studio of more than 600 design professionals. He is responsible for elevating the firm’s architecture practice and collaborates with professionals across all of the firm’s global locations to establish standards and ensure consistency across integrated design teams.

Jonathan Hopkins

Acoustics Leader Principal

Jonathan Hopkins

Acoustics Leader Principal
Jonathan leads our acoustic design team. He has delivered unique sensory experiences of sound in premier performing arts and museum environments for patrons around the globe. Jonathan is a lifelong musician, studying voice, piano, and saxophone performance, as well as music theory.

Jason Majerus

Senior Engineering Leader Principal

Jason Majerus

PE, CEM
Senior Engineering Leader Principal
Jason has served as lead mechanical engineer and project manager on an array of complex projects. He has a wealth of experience in system design for both new construction and renovation projects with a focus in energy efficient systems, sustainability, central plant optimization and indoor air quality. His diverse experience brings a valuable perspective to the firm's integrated design approach.

Jake McConnell

Structural Engineering Leader Principal

Jake McConnell

PE, SE
Structural Engineering Leader Principal
Jake leads our structural engineering teams. Our firm's structural engineers are integral members of design teams from planning and concept design through construction administration, for both new construction and renovation, to deliver sustainable buildings across the country.

Brian Arial

Global Mixed-Use Leader Senior Principal

Brian Arial

AIA
Global Mixed-Use Leader Senior Principal
Brian leads our global Mixed-Use sector. He collaborates with developers, real estate brands, and city officials to reimagine retail, housing, and office as equitable mixed-use developments to reenergize urban environments. For more than 30 years, he has led teams in the U.S., Dubai, and Shanghai.

Don Barnum

Global Sports Leader Principal

Don Barnum

AIA
Global Sports Leader Principal
Don leads our Sports sector. He was named a Power Player by Sports Business Journal for his influence in the industry and is one of the most respected sports architects in the country. He excels in leading professional and collegiate clients through the design process to elevate the athlete and fan experience.

Jim French

Global K-12 Education Leader Senior Principal

Jim French

FAIA
Global K-12 Education Leader Senior Principal
Jim leads our Global K-12 Education sector. As one of the most respected K-12 designers in the United States, his vision is to empower learners through a forward-looking, research-informed design focus that delivers transformational opportunity for students, teachers, and ultimately communities.

Denis Henmi

Global Transportation Leader Principal

Denis Henmi

FAIA, LEED AP
Global Transportation Leader Principal
Denis leads DLR Group’s Transportation sector. His experience spans rail station design, airport expansions and renovations, ferry terminals, and other specialized transit-oriented development. He brings a depth of unique experience in coordinating and advancing large public transportation projects.

Philip LiBassi

Global Healthcare Leader Senior Principal

Philip LiBassi

FAIA, FACHA
Global Healthcare Leader Senior Principal
Philip leads DLR Group's Healthcare sector. Under his leadership, our practice provides comprehensive, innovative design solutions rooted in empathy to enhance patient care delivery for clients including the Cleveland Clinic, Veterans Administration, and The Ohio State University.

Michael Minton

Federal Civilian Leader Principal

Michael Minton

AIA
Federal Civilian Leader Principal
Michael is DLR Group’s Federal Civilian Leader. He brings over 25 years of experience as a senior architect for the Department of State to a variety of government agencies to design and deliver large, complex federal projects. He has managed the design of embassies in Moscow, Rome, Paris, and Madrid.

Jeremy Reding

Global Workplace Leader Senior Principal

Jeremy Reding

AIA, LEED AP
Global Workplace Leader Senior Principal
Jeremy leads the firm’s Workplace sector. He serves as a lead designer for many of the DLR Group’s global technology clients, including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Microsoft. Jeremy leads studios in all DLR Group locations to deliver workplaces that work for public and private sector clients.

Stuart Rothenberger

Global Higher Education Leader Senior Principal

Stuart Rothenberger

AIA, LEED AP
Global Higher Education Leader Senior Principal
Stu leads the firm’s higher education sector. With a nearly exclusive focus on higher education clients throughout his career, he is instrumental in helping university campuses evolve. Today, he collaborates with design teams and clients to explore how space and design can positively elevate learning.
DLR Group Senior Principal and Global Justice+Civic Leader Darrell Stelling, AIA, DBIA

Darrell Stelling

Global Justice+Civic Leader Senior Principal
DLR Group Senior Principal and Global Justice+Civic Leader Darrell Stelling, AIA, DBIA

Darrell Stelling

AIA, DBIA
Global Justice+Civic Leader Senior Principal
Darrell leads the firm's Justice and Civic sectors. He has dedicated his career to the design of justice facilities that elevate behavioral, environmental, and social betterment, resulting in healing, equity, and transformation for the individual and community.

Paul Westlake

Global Cultural+Performing Arts Leader Senior Principal

Paul Westlake

FAIA, IIDA
Global Cultural+Performing Arts Leader Senior Principal
Paul directs the firm’s Cultural+Performing Arts sector. He 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; and a talented team of designers and technicians.

Ed Wilms

Global Hospitality Leader Principal

Ed Wilms

AIA
Global Hospitality Leader Principal
Ed leads the hospitality studio, leveraging a team of designers and architects who believe inspired design can evoke an emotional response. He empowers teams to create authentic spaces that enhance the guest experience and build brand loyalty.

Lihong Qiu

Asia Region Leader Principal

Lihong Qiu

Class 1 Registered Architect, Professor Level-Architect ASC Fellow
Asia Region Leader Principal
Lihong directs all DLR Group operations in Asia. He joined the firm in 2013 to establish the Shanghai office. He is responsible for growing DLR Group’s presence with developers and commercial, cultural, and education clients in China.

Pamela Touschner

California Region Leader Senior Principal

Pamela Touschner

FAIA
California Region Leader Senior Principal
Pam leads the firm's operations in California. She 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.

Jamal Salem

Dubai Studio Leader Principal

Jamal Salem

Dubai Studio Leader Principal
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.  

Curtis Johnson

Central Region Leader Senior Principal

Curtis Johnson

AIA, LEED AP
Central Region Leader Senior Principal
Curtis leads firm operations, client services, and staff development for our offices in Des Moines, Iowa; and Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. His design work impacts thousands of students and teachers every day in schools throughout the Midwest, guiding school districts through project development.

Kate Yurko

North Central Region Leader Principal

Kate Yurko

AIA, LEED AP
North Central Region Leader Principal
Kate leads firm operations, client services, and staff professional development in our Chicago and Minneapolis offices. Her diverse background in the arts, architecture, and business, brings a diverse perspective of creative ideas and strategies to the table for her clients, partners, and peers.

Matthew Janiak

Northeast Region Leader Senior Principal

Matthew Janiak

AIA, LEED AP
Northeast Region Leader Senior Principal
Matt leads firm operations, client services, and staff development in our Cleveland, New York, and Washington, D.C. offices. Under his leadership, designers deliver innovative projects like the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts; Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; and the El Dorado Entertainment District.

Scott Kruse

Northwest Region Leader Senior Principal

Scott Kruse

AIA
Northwest Region Leader Senior Principal
Scott leads operations in our Seattle and Portland offices, with executive responsibility for firm operations and client services. He fosters a passion for leading integrated design teams with the support and resources they need to deliver successful projects for clients like Boeing and Google.

Andy Anderson

Southeast Region Leader Senior Principal

Andy Anderson

AIA, LEED AP
Southeast Region Leader Senior Principal
Andy leads operations in our Charlotte, Kansas City, and Orlando offices, with oversight of firm operations, client services, and staff development. He joined DLR Group in 1995 and has collaborated with hundreds of K-12 school districts, impacting countless students, teachers, administrators, and staff.

Peter Rutti

Southwest Region Leader Senior Principal

Peter Rutti

AIA, NCARB
Southwest Region Leader Senior Principal
Peter is responsible for operations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming. He has more than 20 years of experience in the architectural field, focusing on the design of complex and high-profile performing arts centers for professional and higher education clients.

Adam St. Cyr

Texas Region Leader Principal

Adam St. Cyr

AIA, LEED AP
Texas Region Leader Principal
Adam leads firm operations, client services, and staff professional development in our Austin, Dallas, and Houston offices. He is an experienced client leader and collaborates with K-12 Education leaders across the state in cities including Belton, El Paso, and Round Rock.

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