Co-Chair/Founder: 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 flow. 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.
Mr. Stadler has been honored with an AIA President’s Award for his service to the profession and was recognized as one of the “rising stars of the AEC industry” by Building Design + Construction Magazine in 2009. He is the recipient of the 2011 AIA Young Architects award where the jury noted that “he is a unique individual of outstanding talent and clear commitment.”
Co-Chair/Founder: 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. As 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 serves on the chapters Education Committee.
In 2014 he was awarded with the AIA|DC Emerging Architect of the year award. In addition, 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 and Potomac ASLA Honor Award for the South Carlyle Master Plan.
Communications Advisor: Aimee Woodall, AIA, LEED AP, is a licensed architect, a LEED® accredited professional, and an Associate at RTKL in Washington, DC. She is a member of the AIA, the USGBC, and the Association for Preservation Technology. Aimee is also an active member in the AIA’s HABS Coordinating Committee, and is proud to have been part of the inaugural class of the DC chapter’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program.
Originally from Richardson, Texas, Aimee holds a Bachelors of Environmental Design, a Masters of Architecture, and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Texas A&M University. She joined RTKL in 2000, and has comprehensive practical experience in historic preservation, renovation, and modernization projects in Washington, DC. Some of the notable local projects she has been involved in include the Sidney Yates Building Renovation, the Modernization of the Herbert C. Hoover Building for the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center, and the Preble Hall Naval History Museum at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Graphics Advisor: Ricardo J. Rodriquez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a senior project designer and manager with eight plus years of experience. Excelled at leading international multidisciplinary design teams, ensuring excellence, quality control and scheduling. Skilled in a wide range of project types: Interior architecture, multifamily, hospitality, property repositioning, capital improvements, and sensitive government facilities. Dedicated leader committed to building client relationships and mentoring junior staff. Assertive about innovation and emphatic about the synergies between design and problem solving. Inaugural Class Graduate in AIA|DC’s Leadership Development Program, and 2014-2015 Graphic Advisor. Guest lecturer on Tropical Architecture for LA.IDEA, and on Future Trends in Design for ITT, Chantilly, VA. He was recently appointed Vice-Chair of AIA|DC’s Emerging Architect’s committee.
Website Advisor: Danielle Lake, Assoc. AIA, spent her childhood traversing the United States and abroad as part of a military family, finding passion for architecture and service at an early age. After having served as a leader for NC State University’s Alternative Service Break program to the Dominican Republic and following graduation from the BARCH program, she made a year commitment to work with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. Following her leadership of the complete construction of 13+ homes by countless volunteers in the low income communities of Liberty City and Opa-Locka, Danielle brought her experience to Washington, DC.
As an intern architect at Hartman-Cox Architects, she has had the opportunity to work on the historic preservation of several significant Washington, DC buildings as well as the new construction and master-planning of other cultural, commercial, and higher education projects around the country and in China. She also volunteers with the Washington Architectural Foundation’s Architecture in the Schools program, CANstruction, and Design in Action. After participating in the inaugural class of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, Danielle will serve on the advising committee for the class of 2015.
Sponsorship Advisor: Luis Velez-Alvarez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is an architectural designer at SmithGroupJJR working primarily on mix-use commercial office projects. Mr. Vélez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico where he grew up thinking that a 6” CMU block and some rebar was all that was needed to create a wall and that if you needed air conditioning all you needed to do was open a window a let the air flow through. He then went to Virginia Tech to receive his Master of Architecture degree, participated in the 2005 Solar Decathlon and graduated as the Top Graduate student. After getting married to his wife in 2005 his professors at Virginia Tech helped him find a job in the Washington DC area. Four years later he returned to Blacksburg to teach the Foundation Studio as a Visiting Assistant Professor. As a professor he was recognized with the 2010 Donald and Joanna Sunshine Architecture Fellow Alumni Award and conducted a research in modern Caribbean Architecture travelling through Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba. That same year his son was born.
Mr. Vélez will be serving on the Board of Directors of the AIA DC chapter starting on 2015. His passion falls on his interest for design, education and cultural diversity. These interests also led him to be a co-founder of the LA.IDEA (Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers and Architects) AIA|DC Committee in 2013.