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LEO A DALY Named AIA Florida Firm of the Year

History of excellence earns West Palm Beach studio AIA accolades.


The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Florida announces LEO A DALY as Firm of the Year. A distinguished body of experts from the architectural community convened in Seoul to evaluate works submitted by architects in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2024 AIA Florida Design Awards.

The Firm of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement in design, community services, education, and service to the profession and the AIA by an architectural firm with projects, accomplishments and service over a period of at least 10 years.

“This significant statewide recognition is a reflection of our team’s dedication to design excellence and as an active community partner,” celebrated LEO A DALY President, Steve Lichtenberger, AIA. “The West Palm Beach studio represents and reaffirms LEO A DALY’s commitment to the communities we serve and to the profession of architecture.”

LEO A DALY’s West Palm Beach studio has helped shape the skyline with iconic buildings in the area and across the state for over 50 years. From the first LEED Platinum laboratory building in Florida to the recent award-winning work on 360 Rosemary the firm continues to transform the human experience through design.

Managing Principal Bill Hanser, AIA, who has been leading the West Palm Beach studio prior to and after acquisition in 2009 for a total of 33 years, shares gratitude for and confidence in the team.​

“Receiving this award is not just a recognition of our past achievements. It’s a testament to our unwavering dedication to innovation and creativity, a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, and community involvement that we have woven into every facet of our service.”

The notable award recognizes LEO A DALY’s commitment to culture. With employees from across the globe, interns and emerging professionals exchange diverse knowledge and experiences as they collaborate with mentors and leaders on major projects. Over half of the West Palm Beach studio has been with the firm for 18 years or more, far exceeding the national average of tenure. The team also supports more than 25 local and professional organizations and participates consistently in community service.
LEO A DALY, an international design firm, has helped advance the profession of architecture with resilient and sustainable design strategies, and has been a significant contributor to developing the culture and identity of South Florida.