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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.
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.

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.

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.

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