Sean Stadler, AIA, LEED AP, is a Design Principal and partner of WDG where he focuses on elevating the firm’s stature in design, with particular emphasis on enhancing the civic realm. Mr. Stadler takes a strong leadership role and his commitment to design excellence and innovative thinking influences the projects he is involved with. He believes that design is a process and that this process begins not with a brief, program, or even a charette, but rather with the people from which ideas flor. His example shows that leadership is a two-way street; it involves the ability to influence others and be receptive to the needs of those you lead. In his worldview, design excellence is not the application of certain techniques or the realization of inborn talent, so much as the development of a latent understanding for the negotiations that are at the heart of architecture; negotiations between site and program, client and designer, architect and engineer.
Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP, spent the majority of his childhood working the fields and learning the principles of organic agriculture on his family’s farm. There regenerative qualities have been ingrained into his critical thinking and are brought into his approach during every aspect of the design process. Aa a graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. McEnroe is both a licensed architect and licensed landscape architect. He is an active participant within the professional community, serving on the National Architectural Accrediting Board as well as the National Council of Architecture Registration Board. Additionally he serves the AIA|DC Chapter on the Emerging Architects Committee lectures for the chapter’s Architecture Registration Exam Prep Course, and is Vice-Chair of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. Mr. McEnroe has received a number of design awards, including an AIA|DC Un-built Honor Award for the University of Virginia Center for Innovation, and a VS-ASLA Honor Award for the South Carlyle Master Plan.
Diane Leeson, LEED AP, is an architectural designer in Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC office. She has experience with many phases of multi-family residential, commercial, healthcare, and government projects including surveys of existing buildings, schematic design, schematic construction documents, construction administration, mock-ups, marketing plans for clients, and research of product data and code requirements. Diane is the chair of the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee of which she has been an active member since graduating from Philadelphia University in 2007. She is also a community volunteer at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, and was formerly at the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans, LA.