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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.

Krista Trofka

National Business Development Leader Senior Associate

Krista Trofka

National Business Development Leader Senior Associate
Krista is the national business development leader for our Higher Education Studio, working with clients around the United States. She is committed to sharing ideas and insights that accelerate design thinking, innovation, and equity in higher education. At the heart of her relationships is her passion to collaborate and push the envelope to create spaces that put users first.

Premnath Sundharam

Applied Research Leader Senior Principal

Premnath Sundharam

AIA, WELL AP
Applied Research Leader Senior Principal
Prem is the Applied Research Leader within our Research & Development studio. As a recognized thought leader on sustainability and research-informed design, he drives innovation to advance technical design and practice while leveraging data to evaluate the impact of design on users and the environment.

Linsey Graff

Senior Campus Planner Principal

Linsey Graff

Assoc. AIA
Senior Campus Planner Principal
Linsey is a campus planner who works with colleges and universities nation-wide to envision a physical campus environment that reflects the values and mission of each unique institution. She is experienced in developing whole campus plans, sustainability plans, and strategic visions for her clients. Her work in facilitating user groups, and campus and community engagement defines goals and objectives, prioritizes planning solutions, and encourages participatory decision-making.

Gretchen Holy

Interiors Leader Principal

Gretchen Holy

Associate IIDA
Interiors Leader Principal
Gretchen is a talented interior designer known for her industry expertise and mentorship of young professionals. A leader in the firm’s Kansas City Studio, she is elevating interior design locally and nationally. With more than 25 years of interior design experience, Gretchen appreciates the unique intricacies of each space and creates interior design solutions that support a campus’ vision, mission, and goals. She has worked with public colleges, and state and private institutions to design a variety of spaces that enhance learning and contribute to a student’s social development.

Benjamin Strain

Higher Education Design Leader Principal

Benjamin Strain

AIA, LEED AP
Higher Education Design Leader Principal
Benjamin is an architect who focuses primarily on education facility design from our firm’s Denver studio. He believes that great architecture connects to its environment and supports the users and visitors of the space. He applied this design thinking to the new Arapahoe Community College Castle Rock Collaboration Campus, a project that brings together educational, business, and community elements to enable delivery of higher education, career/technical training, and workforce training in Castle Rock, Colorado.

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.

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