napkin
It starts with ink on a napkin.
before long
Before long, it's
a campus for at-risk kids.
radar stations across the arctic.
schools across Brazil.
Before long, it's
a campus for at risk kids.
radar stations
across the arctic.
schools across Brazil.
never been done
To do what’s never been done
you invent new ways of doing.
decades
Integrated design in the '40s.
Sustainability in the '70s.
Digital design in the '90s.
Integrated design in the '40s.
Sustainability in the '70s.
Digital design in the '90s.
becoming
You evolve constantly, and you become an algorithm for
continuous innovation.
You evolve constantly, and you become an algorithm for
continuous innovation.
do it
Do it for a
decade
century
and you make
great buildings.
history.
3 generations
For three generations,
we’ve shaped the built environment
to meet the challenges of life on Earth.
move fast
We
move fast.
design forward.
today
We do all of it
to eliminate
carbon,
make cities
resilient
and
communities
equitable.
no small plans
No small plans.
We've been here before.
We know what to do.
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LEO A DALY: Impacting the world beyond humanity

Our leadership team

Steve Lichtenberger

President, LEO A DALY

Steve Lichtenberger

President, LEO A DALY

Steve leads the firm’s workforce of design professionals, drives long-range strategy and builds new markets and capabilities. His goals include strengthening design culture and work-sharing across offices; identifying and empowering design talent; and expanding the firm’s footprint in 13 vertical markets.

John Somerville

Chief Operations Officer

John Somerville

Chief Operations Officer

John provides leadership and vision across operations and strategic planning for LEO A DALY worldwide. He's recognized for his dynamic leadership skills and ability to develop teams across all phases of programs, projects and pursuits to exceed objectives.

Irena Savakova

Global Design Principal

Irena Savakova

RIBA, LEED AP BD+C

Irena's award-winning career includes experience developing projects for federal, commercial and educational facilities in the U.S. and internationally. She's known for her creativity, passion and knowledge in managing complex core and shell developments, interiors and space-planning projects.

Dennis McFadden

Global Design Principal

Dennis McFadden

FAIA

Dennis serves as global design principal of LEO A DALY and director of design in our Los Angeles studio. Throughout his career, he has been a vital member of the architecture profession, both through his design work and dedication to teaching.

Kim Cowman

National Director of Engineering

Kim Cowman

PE, LEED AP, HFDP

As national director of engineering, Kim is responsible for establishing and leading a common engineering design platform for LEO A DALY and growing our engineering practice across existing and new engineering centers. Her responsibilities include sustainability leadership, technical advancement, strategic planning and management.

Lou Shonka

Global Marketing Director

Lou Shonka

Lou leads the firm as Global Marketing Director providing direction on LEO A DALY’s competitive positioning and brand value across all market sectors. As a part of firm leadership, Lou is responsible for new business strategy, brand elevation and growth metrics.

LEO A DALY: Impacting the world beyond humanity

Our leadership team

Steve Lichtenberger

President, LEO A DALY

Steve Lichtenberger

President, LEO A DALY

Steve leads the firm’s workforce of design professionals, drives long-range strategy and builds new markets and capabilities. His goals include strengthening design culture and work-sharing across offices; identifying and empowering design talent; and expanding the firm’s footprint in 13 vertical markets.

John Somerville

Chief Operations Officer

John Somerville

Chief Operations Officer

John provides leadership and vision across operations and strategic planning for LEO A DALY worldwide. He's recognized for his dynamic leadership skills and ability to develop teams across all phases of programs, projects and pursuits to exceed objectives.

Dennis McFadden

Global Design Principal

Dennis McFadden

FAIA

Dennis serves as global design principal of LEO A DALY and director of design in our Los Angeles studio. Throughout his career, he has been a vital member of the architecture profession, both through his design work and dedication to teaching.

Irena Savakova

Global Design Principal

Irena Savakova

RIBA, LEED AP BD+C

Irena's award-winning career includes experience developing projects for federal, commercial and educational facilities in the U.S. and internationally. She's known for her creativity, passion and knowledge in managing complex core and shell developments, interiors and space-planning projects.

Kim Cowman

National Director of Engineering

Kim Cowman

PE, LEED AP, HFDP

As national director of engineering, Kim is responsible for establishing and leading a common engineering design platform for LEO A DALY and growing our engineering practice across existing and new engineering centers. Her responsibilities include sustainability leadership, technical advancement, strategic planning and management.

Lou Thurmon Shonka

Global Marketing Director

Lou Thurmon Shonka

Lou leads the firm as Global Marketing Director providing direction on LEO A DALY’s competitive positioning and brand value across all market sectors. As a part of firm leadership, Lou is responsible for new business strategy, brand elevation and growth metrics.

Global presence, local impact

ABD
Abu Dhabi

A culturally-rich,
cosmopolitan city

Hawashim Majlis

ATL
Atlanta

Georgia Gwinnett College Library

An historical, vibrant
southern metropolis

An historical, vibrant
southern metropolis

A historical, vibrant
southern metropolis

DAL
Dallas

A bustling, business-minded metroplex

Shore House at the Del

LAX
Los Angeles

A sunny city of
dreamers and doers

A sunny city of
dreamers and doers

A sunny city of dreamers and doers

San Francisco DoubleTree by Hilton

MIA
Miami

A vibrant, tropical city
of artists and trendsetters

North Miami Museum of
Contemporary Arts Plaza

MSP
Minneapolis

An active city with
abundant outdoor space

Historic Fort Snelling

OMA
Omaha

An historic city deep
in America’s heartland

VA Omaha
Ambulatory Care Center

WDC
Washington, D.C.

A political hub with
international presence

Intelligence Community
Campus - Bethesda

WPB
West Palm Beach

A coastal paradise
and cultural haven

A coastal paradise and cultural haven

Arthrex Corporate Headquarters

Committed to better

LEO A DALY Atlanta design studio

New standards of design excellence

Great design (and great business) are rooted in sustainability. Our stakeholders collaborate with us to build spaces that withstand challenges, support the well-being of their occupants, have less of an impact on our environment and maximize energy efficiency with high-performance design.

Learn how sustainability drives better outcomes for everyone

LEO A DALY Atlanta design studio

A just and equitable profession

We advocate that our projects, workplace and communities are more diverse, equitable and inclusive. We are accountable to fostering a culture of empathy, increasing opportunities in our industry for underrepresented populations and considering the impacts of our work on marginalized communities.

Discover more about our equity, diversity and inclusion program

LEO A DALY Atlanta design studio

Communities that thrive

A strong sense of community is the heartbeat of life. We pledge to leave the places where we live and work better than we find them by volunteering our time and talents where they’re needed most.

Some of the organizations we support:

  • ACE Mentorship Program
  • Second Harvest
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters of America
  • My Sister’s Place
LEO A DALY Atlanta design studio

New standards of design excellence

Great design (and great business) are rooted in sustainability. Our stakeholders collaborate with us to build spaces that withstand challenges, support the well-being of their occupants, have less of an impact on our environment and maximize energy efficiency with high-performance design.

Learn how sustainability drives better outcomes for everyone

LEO A DALY Atlanta design studio

A just and equitable profession

We advocate that our projects, workplace and communities are more diverse, equitable and inclusive. We are accountable to fostering a culture of empathy, increasing opportunities in our industry for underrepresented populations and considering the impacts of our work on marginalized communities.

Discover more about our equity, diversity and inclusion program

LEO A DALY Atlanta design studio

Communities that thrive

A strong sense of community is the heartbeat of life. We pledge to leave the places where we live and work better than we find them by volunteering our time and talents where they’re needed most.

Some of the organizations we support:

  • ACE Mentorship Program
  • Second Harvest
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters of America
  • My Sister’s Place

Design excellence at work

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