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Thinking Outside of the (Big) Box Awarded

May 6, 2022

Our approach to reimagine underutilized big-box mall sites to create more equitable, sustainable, and resilient communities has been recognized in the Fast Company "World Changing Ideas Awards."

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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.

Mark Giles

Senior Architect Principal

Mark Giles

AIA
Senior Architect Principal
Mark brings over 30 years of experience in multiple market sectors. Having led DLR Group’s office in Dubai for several years, he brings extensive knowledge in managing complex retail and mixed-use projects, and working with diverse, large project teams across the United States. Mark is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, and Middle East Council of Shopping Centers.

Jose Sanchez

Mixed-Use Design Leader Principal

Jose Sanchez

Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Mixed-Use Design Leader Principal
Jose is a Mixed-Use Design Leader with over 19 years of extensive international and domestic project experience. He has a passion for design, and has a vision for design excellence, client satisfaction, and encouraging best practices. Jose works with the Mixed-Use studio to heighten the design quality to implement current retail trends into projects and develop new and innovative concepts.

Faraaz Mirza

Senior Design Leader Principal

Faraaz Mirza

LEED AP
Senior Design Leader Principal
Faraaz leads design in the San Francisco office. He is an expert in multifamily housing design and is a recognized leader in high density, urban infill project design. His designs and intricate detailing consistently capture the movement and culture of the Bay Area.

Christopher Bell

Architect Principal

Christopher Bell

AIA
Architect Principal
Chris has worked around the world on large-scale design and development projects, including master planning and design for new communities and towns; urban neighborhood development and regeneration; and high-profile headquarters and high-rise buildings. He emphasizes livability, workability, sustainability, and economic viability in alignment with the owners' and clients' goals.

Matthew Heller

National Business Development Leader Principal

Matthew Heller

National Business Development Leader Principal
Matt is the National Business Development Leader for the Mixed-Use Sector. With nearly 15 years in the industry, he has developed a deep understanding of urban design & placemaking strategies and how they are applied to best practices in mixed-use, retail, entertainment and hospitality design and development.
Nathan Casteel

Nathan Casteel

Design Leader Principal
Nathan Casteel

Nathan Casteel

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Design Leader Principal
Nathan is a passionate design leader with over 14 years of experience on a broad range of project types and scales.  His focus on creative and transformative ideas is the driving force in creating meaningful and functional architecture.  With a vast amount of technical and project management experience, Nathan brings a unique attention to detail, materiality, constructability, and economy to his projects.  Successfully meeting the client’s needs and budget while pushing architecture and sustainability forward has resulted in many notable projects, many of which earned publications and prominent design awards.

Lisa Kong

Client Leader Principal

Lisa Kong

NCIDQ
Client Leader Principal
As an experienced interior design professional, Lisa has had the opportunity to lead teams on both intimate and large scale projects. Lisa leads design teams to create exceptional design, delivery, and operational performance on every project. Through integrated architecture and interiors, the use of natural materials, and the incorporation of daylight and biophilic features, Lisa’s passion is to enhance the experience, health, and wellness of users.
Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Design Leader Principal
Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

LEED AP
Design Leader Principal
Jeanette brings over 10 years of well-rounded experience in the architecture industry to DLR Group. As a versatile designer, she has contributed to the progression of multiple projects through the design, documentation, construction, and closeout phases. Her expertise is an asset that contributes to the excellent and successful design environment in the San Francisco office. As a design leader, Jeanette is always working on a diverse set of projects, balancing aesthetics and functionality, maintaining the integrity of the design throughout the entire process, and approaching it all with a strong work ethic and desire to have fun.
Laura Dulski

Laura Dulski

Architect Principal
Laura Dulski

Laura Dulski

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architect Principal
Laura is a passionate advocate for environmental stewardship. As a LEED accredited professional, Laura is a champion for sustainable design in the firm and assists project teams in integrating sustainable solutions on projects throughout California. She is dedicated to independently researching environmental issues, and takes great pride in applying this to her designs. Laura’s strong organizational and interpersonal skills make her a stellar leader of project teams and coordinator with consultants and clients. Laura has designed and managed a variety of projects throughout her career, from the programmatic stages of design through budgeting and construction administration, with specialized expertise in Multifamily Housing, Special Needs Schools, and Mixed-Use projects. Her experience also includes design of Institutional, Transportation, and Healthcare facilities.

Sean Ngo

Project Manager Senior Associate

Sean Ngo

Assoc. AIA
Project Manager Senior Associate
Sean's work experience ranges from retail centers to commercial, public, and residential mixed-use projects. His attention to detail combined with excellent project management skills complement an innate sense of creativity in the design of aesthetically attractive, story-driven projects that engage and evoke a sense of welcome and belonging.
DLR Group Senior Associate and Business Development Leader Nick Hansen

Nick Hansen

Business Development Leader Senior Associate
DLR Group Senior Associate and Business Development Leader Nick Hansen

Nick Hansen

Business Development Leader Senior Associate
Nick is a business development leader in our Des Moines office.

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.  
Scott Pryde

Scott Pryde

Design Leader Principal
Scott Pryde

Scott Pryde

RIBA ARB
Design Leader Principal
Scott leads design for work in the Middle East from the Dubai office. He has a proven track record of leading design teams to deliver large scale international projects. Scott brings a unique and tested project approach with strong leadership and effective communication skills to successfully realize projects. Scott has practiced in the MENA region for over 10 years, leading high-profile projects in Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He has also worked extensively in Europe and Asia with a strong portfolio of both high-end and local community driven projects.

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