Principals

  • Paul E. Westlake, Jr.
  • Ronald A. Reed
  • Vince Leskosky
  • Philip LiBassi
  • Jason Adolff
  • Jonathan Kurtz
  • Matthew Janiak
  • Monica Green
  • Paul Siemborski
  • Peter Rutti
  • Rebecca Olson
  • Roger Chang
  • Tom Gallagher
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Paul E. Westlake, Jr., FAIA, FACHA

Managing Principal

Paul E. Westlake Jr., FAIA, is Managing Principal and a Lead Designer in the firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky, with offices in Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles. The firm, founded in 1905 by Abram Garfield – son of the 20th President of the United States – is an international practice that has been honored with more than 350 significant design awards including a state level AIA Gold Medal Firm Award, and a Federal Design Achievement Award. In 2013, the firm was ranked #3 overall by Architect magazine among architectural firms nationally, and ranked #1 in sustainable design in 2012.

Mr. Westlake was one of the youngest architects to have been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and is a recipient of a state level AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor that AIA bestows on an individual. Mr. Westlake is also a recipient of over 150 significant design awards for new construction and renovation, and has been recognized in over 1,000 publications. His designs encompass a range of widely exhibited and published projects – from major performing arts facilities, museums, and health care complexes to workplace environments and   read more › educational institutions.

His significant work and clients include the General Services Administration (commissions in Design Excellence in various regions as well as IDIQ contracts), Architect of the Capitol, Smithsonian Institution, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Federal Reserve Bank, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on the site of the original Woodstock festival, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and multiple projects for PlayhouseSquare including the Hanna Theatre, Allen Theatre complex, and the Idea Center™. Clients also include the National Park Service for work at the Grand Canyon and the National Capitol Region, Annenberg Trust, and the Cleveland Clinic. Mr. Westlake was lead designer for the award winning rehabilitation of the GSA Howard M. Metzenbaum United States Courthouse and the innovative GSA Wayne Aspinall Federal Building project in Colorado that was designed to achieve Site Net Zero Energy use. Mr. Westlake has developed master plans and implemented design projects for academic clients in various regions of the United States. He has been involved in more than 150 cultural projects, including work in Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, and Gabon, Africa and has renovated many National Register Landmarks across the United States. He has lectured on preservation design at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City, and served as advisor to the Preserve America summit.

Mr. Westlake received a Masters of Architecture with Faculty Commendation from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he co-founded the Harvard Architecture Review, recognized internationally as a leading journal of architectural theory, and was a Graham Foundation and AIA Foundation Scholar. He also received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude with Distinction in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Magna Cum Laude from the Wharton School, with a major in finance.

Mr. Westlake is a trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and served formerly as trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Phoenix Orpheum Theatre, the League of Historic American Theatres and commissioner of Architecture for the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.
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Hillcrest Hospital Major Campus Expansion, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Hillcrest Hospital Major Campus Expansion, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Hillcrest Hospital Major Campus Expansion, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Hillcrest Hospital West Tower, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Hillcrest Medical Center MOB, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Euclid Hospital Emergency Department, Euclid, Ohio
Lakewood Hospital Master Plan, Lakewood, Ohio
Digestive Disease Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Crile Building, Cleveland, Ohio
Heart Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio
Debra Ann November Wing, The Lerner School for Autism, Cleveland, Ohio
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Digestive Wellness Center, Norton, Ohio
The Callahan Center for Radiation Oncology and Robotics, Cleveland, Ohio
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood, Ohio
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff, Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff, Arizona
Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio
Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio
Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, Colorado
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, Colorado
Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Coronado Theatre, Rockford, Illinois
Harvard University, Master of Architecture
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Bachelor of Science in Economics
University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
AIA Ohio Gold Medal
Cleveland Arts Prize
National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Awards
GSA Design Excellence Award for Preservation

Ronald A. Reed, FAIA, IIDA

Principal

Ronald A. Reed is a Principal and a lead designer of Westlake Reed Leskosky. He has been with the firm since 1981. A senior designer, a Fellow of the AIA, and a 2001 recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize, Mr. Reed has been involved with corporate, government, cultural, educational and medical project types with an experience range including programming, planning, building design, interior design, and administration. Mr. Reed's commitment to design excellence has been recognized by his peers with more than 40 design awards from the AIA and IIDA. His work has been featured in national publications including Architectural Record, Architecture, Contract, Interior Design and Interiors and Sources and has been exhibited in galleries and in New York's Cooper Hewitt Museum.

Mr. Reed's portfolio includes such award-winning projects as: the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts and Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare as well as new construction, addition and renovation projects for such major healthcare institutions as the Cleveland Clinic and the Department of Veterans Affairs, including the Autism School, Twinsburg Clinic and Hillcrest Hospital. Mr. Reed also has a particular expertise in workplace design. He designed new corporate   read more › headquarters buildings for such companies as Invacare, B.F. Goodrich, and Parker Hannifin as well as major office fit-out and renovation projects for clients including International Management Group, Penton Media and government agencies such as the GSA, the Federal Reserve Bank and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. His expertise in workplace design resulted in his designation as a Juror for Best of NEOCON Chicago from 2000-2011 as well as IIDEX Toronto in 2003 - 2006.

Mr. Reed has worked diligently to cultivate and promote an awareness of design excellence within the profession. In 1985 and 1996, he was the Chairman of the Design Awards Program for the Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He served as advisor to the same chapter in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, he was the jury chairman for the Awards Program for the Michigan State Chapter. Mr. Reed has lectured in Chicago, Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, and New Orleans and at Kent State University, where he recently served on the Advisory Board of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and has served as a guest critic for the fifth year urban design studio. Mr. Reed has also been actively involved with non-profit organizations within Northeast Ohio, serving on the boards of SPACES Gallery and the Ohio Ballet as well as the advisory board of the Shaker Heights Landmarks Commission.

Mr. Reed received a Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, and a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University.

Design Approach
Ronald A. Reed has produced a distinguished body of work, consistent in design excellence, recognized by numerous AIA awards, and widely published in national design journals. What is truly noteworthy, even among projects that are relatively modest in scale and budget, is that he achieves a sense of immeasurable elegance and dignity through a thoughtful hand. Mr. Reed achieves an integration of artistry in architecture that serves as national paragon, working with craftsmen to find innovative, painterly interpretations of common materials.   ‹ read less

Hillcrest Hospital Major Campus Expansion, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Hillcrest Hospital Major Campus Expansion, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Hillcrest Hospital Major Campus Expansion, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Hillcrest Hospital West Tower, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Hillcrest Medical Center MOB, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Euclid Hospital Emergency Department, Euclid, Ohio
Lakewood Hospital Master Plan, Lakewood, Ohio
Digestive Disease Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Crile Building, Cleveland, Ohio
Heart Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio
Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center, Twinsburg, Ohio
Debra Ann November Wing, The Lerner School for Autism, Cleveland, Ohio
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Digestive Wellness Center, Norton, Ohio
The Callahan Center for Radiation Oncology and Robotics, Cleveland, Ohio
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood, Ohio
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio
Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio
Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio
Penton Media, Cleveland, Ohio
Invacare Corporate Headquarters, Elyria, Ohio
BF Goodrich Corporate Headquarters, Richfield Village, Ohio
Parker Hannifin World Headquarters, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Parker Hannifin World Headquarters Expansion, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
IMG Conference Suite, Cleveland, Ohio
USGS/GSA Shoemaker Astrogeology Facility and Campus Master Plan, Flagstaff, Arizona
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, Peoria, Arizona
Kent State University, Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude
Kent State University, Bachelor of Science
Cleveland Arts Prize
Over 40 design awards from the AIA and IIDA

Vince Leskosky, AIA, IIDA

Lead Designer

Vince Leskosky is a Principal and a Lead Designer in the firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky. Mr. Leskosky has been the recipient of numerous design awards, including the Cleveland Arts Prize, in recognition of his significant achievements in architecture. With 30 years of experience, Mr. Leskosky has a deep personal involvement spanning all aspects of design practice from architectural design and interior design to space planning, programming, and consultant coordination. His responsibilities have included facility master planning, project management and construction administration with budgets ranging from $50 thousand to $120 million in construction costs. Mr. Leskosky has been cited for his contribution to the urban fabric and built environment and is known for endowing each project with a distinctive aesthetic direction, and integration of art within the architecture.

Mr. Leskosky's built work spans a diverse range of project types and scales, from healthcare and educational campus facilities, to restaurants, residential, workplace environments and parking garages. Notable projects include: the Wolstein Research Institute, the Paradise Valley Community College Performing Arts Center, the renovation of Phoenix Symphony Hall and major expansion projects for Banner Baywood and Banner Thunderbird Medical Centers.

Mr. Leskosky has pioneered the use   read more › of real-time design, especially in healthcare projects, involving the client in an interactive and collaborative design process that allows for instant feedback, quick decisions, and an efficient use of planning and design time. Underlying his designs are philosophies closely tied to Evidence-Based Design, to the Green Guide for Healthcare, the 'Planetree' model, and the Practicum view of ASHE (ICRA & Building Systems integration).

His artistry in architectural design is also evidenced in his paintings and sculpture, which include well-known pieces such as the Hawken Mural and Steelcase Painting and murals at the Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Parking Garage and Akron-Summit County Library. His work has been exhibited at New York's Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, and SPACES Gallery, among other venues.

Contributing to urban revitalization and the rebirth of architectural landmarks, Mr. Leskosky has served on numerous civic and professional committees, including the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Restoration Society, the Shaker Heights Landmarks Commission, the SPACES Gallery and the Cleveland Historic Warehouse District Architectural Review Board, as well as many committees overseeing art in public places. A past juror at NeoCon World's Trade Fair for interiors in Chicago, Mr. Leskosky has recently lectured at the National Preservation Conference in Cleveland and the Arizona Historic Preservation Partnership Conference. Mr. Leskosky currently serves on the Cleveland Clinic Voice of the Patient Committee.

Mr. Leskosky received Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from Kent State University.

Design Approach
The award-winning architecture and interiors of Vince Leskosky are a testament to his considerable talents, creativity, and versatility as a designer. His architectural practice reflects both the dialogue between client and designer in fulfilling practical requirements, as well as the dialogue between art and architecture – an exceptionally rare blending that distinguishes his work. Each design under his hand is graced by an aesthetic direction that elevates it beyond mere function to attain an artistic wholeness, where interiors, colors, materials, art, and finishes are equally important with space and form. He is often involved with developing interiors standards for his clients; his projects often incorporate fabrics, carpets, and other materials that he has designed to fulfill a specific need within budget.   ‹ read less

Philip LiBassi, AIA, ACHA

Principal

Philip LiBassi is a Principal in the firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky. With over 24 years at the firm, Mr. LiBassi's chief focus has been the management of large, technically-complex projects-encompassing healthcare, government workplace, historic preservation and performing arts projects-with budgets up to $165 million. Many of these projects have been recognized for both technical and design excellence by awards and national publications. Throughout his career, he has led projects of significant scale and has collaborated with firms of international stature. Mr. LiBassi also has primary responsibility for the firm's overall operations, including staffing and scheduling.

Mr. LiBassi's healthcare portfolio includes projects for nationally and internationally recognized healthcare institutions, including: Cleveland Clinic Foundation & Health System, Banner Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. LiBassi's expertise encompasses many programmatic areas including medical/surgical patient rooms, intensive/critical care patient rooms, surgical suites, with associated Pre-Op/PACU areas, as well as medical departments that include Surgery, Cardiology, Radiology, Oncology, Emergency Rooms and Gastroenterology. Notable recent and current healthcare projects include: the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner School for Autism, the $163 million expansion of Hillcrest Hospital, a new Central Plant and Surgery Center for Salem Community Hospital   read more › and the new CARES Tower and Energy Center at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. Mr. LiBassi was recently recognized by Healthcare Design magazine as "Twenty Who Are Making a Difference" in advancing the design of healthcare facilities, and was featured in "Who's Who in Healthcare Facilities Management" by FacilityCare magazine.

Mr. LiBassi is a member of: American Institute of Architects (AIA), where he has served as Chapter Advisor; American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA); American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE); and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). A frequent participant in Healthcare conferences, Mr. LiBassi has spoken at the National Symposium on Healthcare Design, Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo and the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and has authored articles for Health Facilities Management and Healthcare Design.

In addition to healthcare, Mr. LiBassi's notable projects include several major restorations/renovations of U.S. government buildings for the General Services Administration, among them the award-winning winning rehabilitation of the Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse and the current modernization of the Harry S Truman Federal Building, which houses the U.S. Department of State. Mr. LiBassi also led the implementation of the $100 million Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival.

Mr. LiBassi studied engineering at Cleveland State University and received a Bachelor of Architecture from The Ohio State University.

Design Approach
Understanding the need for comprehensive oversight of the program, budget, and technical aspects of a project, Mr. LiBassi maintains close personal involvement throughout all phases of a project. Under his leadership, budget, schedule, environmental (LEED), and technical protocols and processes have been developed that facilitate the interaction with clients, as well as construction professionals. His firsthand knowledge of the design and complexities of building systems, construction practices, and varying construction delivery methods has been underpinned by over 30 years of experience.   ‹ read less

Jason Adolff, AIA, LEED AP

Director of Washington DC Studio

Jason Adolff, Principal and a LEED accredited professional, directs the firm's Washington DC studio and was recently recognized by the editors of Building Design + Construction magazine as a "rising young star" of the architecture, engineering, and construction industry in their First Annual "40 under 40" competition. Mr. Adolff has 15 years of experience in project programming, planning and design, including conceptualization, development and implementation of complex projects with budgets ranging to $75 million. Jason's combined role as a project director and designer facilitates the integrated process of design and project management. Focusing on renovation and adaptive reuse projects for a range of building types, Jason has developed planning and programming strategies that have facilitated significant efficiencies in building utilization and corresponding savings in construction value.

Recent projects include the modernization of the U.S. Department of State Headquarters building in Washington, DC and Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, Ohio. For the Department of State modernization, Jason's team developed a series of integrated interior space modules corresponding to the existing constraints of the building structure. The modules, based on a comprehensive analysis of the existing conditions of the building and a thorough assessment of the requirements   read more › for the ultimate occupants of the space, resulted in a solution that yielded increased building efficiency and utilization, fulfilling the client's objective of maximizing the population of the building. The system also facilitated reduced time required for department test fit development and streamlined the production of construction documents.

For Idea Center, Jason's role involved programming, planning and design to facilitate the merging of two media companies and the education department of the second largest performing arts center in the United States, PlayhouseSquare, into a single integrated community service based institution in a historic structure in Cleveland's downtown district. His work to develop innovative, flexible, integrated performance and studio spaces suitable for multiple technical uses provided for significant project savings in area and construction cost. These solutions have also facilitated the institutional and functional convergence of the user groups, a primary objective for the project.

Mr. Adolff has presented these innovative programming methodologies at national conferences, including NeoCon East and International Facilities Management Association.

Jason Adolff received the Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude and Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude from Kent State University.

Design Approach
Jason's combined role as a project director and designer facilitates the integrated process of design and project management. Focusing on renovation and adaptive reuse projects for a range of building types, Jason has developed planning and programming strategies that have facilitated significant efficiencies in building utilization and corresponding savings in construction value.   ‹ read less

Kent State University, Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude
Kent State University, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude
Rising Young Star, Building Design + Construction Magazine

Jonathan Kurtz, AIA

Lead Designer

Jonathan Kurtz is a Principal and a Lead Designer at Westlake Reed Leskosky where he holds creative inquiry, observation, intuition, and calculated risk-taking as universal values. Underscoring this philosophy is the certainty that engaging clients in a creative, collaborative process -- regardless of project type -- will result in unique solutions and projects that improve the daily life of users. His work is evidence of a close interrogation of programming needs and an expansion of the 'problem' at hand to include landscapes, economics, and circumstances of a much broader context. Much of his work has been in the Cultural Arts and in academic environments where the building's performance is measured by both technical complexity and social ambition. Jonathan leads the creative process for design competitions and commissioned work, operating interchangeably at the urban design and building scale. He oversees projects from conceptual development to execution and construction.

Jonathan has been an Adjunct Professor at Kent State University, where his focus is on Undergraduate and Master's design studios. His studio research focuses on processes that establish formal organization as a primary ingredient in problem-solving and culture-making. He has been a guest critic at   read more › Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, Penn State University, University of Detroit Mercy, and others. Jonathan recently participated in the symposium 'Fantastic Futures: The Future of Architectural Education' at Kent State University as well as a variety of design conferences.

Jonathan's projects have been widely published and have appeared in both Architecture and Architectural Record. His work has been on view at the Center for Architecture New York, Cleveland Public Art, G201 at Kent State University, the Urbanscape Gallery in Toronto, The Carpenter Center in Cambridge, and Gund Hall at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Jonathan has been recognized by Building Design + Construction magazine in its annual "40 under 40" competition. He recently received the Emerging Artist Award, awarded across the disciplines of Literature, Visual Arts, Music & Dance, and Design, from the Cleveland Arts Prize.

Jonathan's recent work includes: the Kohl Building for Oberlin College Conservatory of Music which received a Society for College and University Planners Honor Award, AIA regional and local Honor Awards; New York City AIDS Memorial Design Competition [runner-up], the SVD Broadway Arch Competition Winner, exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York; a master plan for The Ohio State University School of Music; a new theatre for the Cleveland School of the Arts; and a new performing arts complex for Slippery Rock University slated to be complete in 2014.   ‹ read less

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master in Architecture with Distinction
Kent State University, Bachelor of Architecture with Honors
Kent State University, Bachelor of Science

Matthew Janiak, AIA, LEED AP

Project Director/Designer

Matt leads and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Westlake Reed Leskosky's Cleveland Studio. In his tenure with the firm, he has led a variety of complex, diverse and award-winning work, including historic restoration, performing arts facilities, museums, medical, secondary and higher education projects, for clients including GSA, PlayhouseSquare, and Oberlin College.

Kent State University, Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science

Monica Green, FAIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP

Specifications Writer

Monica Green is a Principal of Westlake Reed Leskosky and the firm's senior specifications writer and LEED consultant. She has 30 years of experience in new construction and renovation projects for a variety of clients and building types, including: courthouses, government/workplace, healthcare, cultural arts, education and preservation/adaptive re-use projects. Former project management experience includes activities ranging from program analysis, design development and building code review to construction documents and contract administration. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2002 when the U.S. Green Building Council first offered accreditation, Ms. Green's primary focus for the past decade has been on supporting best practices in the application of green building techniques, sustainable resources and energy conservation in the firm's projects.

Ms. Green has led the firm's efforts on the LEED registration and certification process for approximately 20 projects, encompassing various LEED categories, among them New Construction, Commercial Interiors, and Existing Building, and levels up to Gold. Notable projects include the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, a LEED Commercial Interiors Pilot Project that achieved Silver certification, and the Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse (LEED-NC Certified), a GSA Design Excellence project that has received national recognition for sustainability. She was also the chief   read more › specifications writer and sustainability consultant for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (on site of 1969 Woodstock festival and now pursuing LEED EB) and is serving in that capacity for the new Litoff Building for the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (LEED-NC Gold anticipated).

Ms. Green consults internationally for LEED and has contributed to GSA LEED programs such as the 2006 Energy Act Roundtable and the 2003 LEED Cost Study. She has been a LEED-CI Beta Test participant, Greenbuild reviewer and served on the Construction Specifications Institute Environmental Task Team. She has presented widely on the topic of green design process, especially within historic structures, at conferences for the AIA, the US. Green Building Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ms. Green has Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science degrees from Kent State University.

Design Approach
Approaching the challenge of achieving a sustainable design in a holistic way by considering the relationships between site, building envelope, MEP systems, interior design and materials, Ms. Green works closely with the Design Team to ensure that best practices in green building practices are employed to the benefit of project, the environment and future occupants of the facility.   ‹ read less

Kent State University, Bachelor of Architecture
Kent State University, Bachelor of Science

Paul Siemborski, AIA

Principal

Paul Siemborski has extensive experience in all the major sectors of our practice including: Cultural and Performing Arts, Educational Facilities, Workplace Environments, Restoration/Adaptive Reuse, and Healthcare. Paul has been involved in all phases of design from predesign through construction administration. He has traveled extensively though Europe and the United States. He has tremendous experience working in the public sector for not-for-profit organizations as well as public private partnerships. He has successfully led a team of design professionals and consultants from project inception to project completion on both large scale multi-phased projects and small scale restorations.

He also oversees developing new initiatives for the firm. He is involved in initial planning and concept design, providing the proper framework for planning and implementation. In the initial design stage, Paul works closely with the project leadership and key stakeholders to determine a project: goals, budget, design intent, phasing and implementation, and relevant long term impact on the facility. He is versed in organizing and leading consultants strategic to the project goals including: economic analysts, business operations, marketing and branding, funding, and traditional building trade consultants. Paul's recent work includes master plan consulting for various private high schools,   read more › colleges, and performing arts clients.

Paul currently serves on the Board of the League of Historic American Theatres and is co-chair of the Fundraising Committee. He has presented several sessions at LHAT national conferences, including "Strategies for Reopening Dark Venues" and "Renovation 101" in 2012 in San Diego and "How to Finance a $7 Million Theatre Renovation Project with $125,000" in 2011 in New York. Paul has also been a presenter at Heritage Ohio and was a participant in the 2011 Arizona Town Hall, "Capitalizing on Arizona's Arts and Culture."   ‹ read less

The University of Texas at Arlington, Masters in Architecture
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Peter Rutti, AIA

Director of Phoenix Studio

As Director of Design of Westlake Reed Leskosky's Phoenix studio, Peter Rutti brings to the firm his design approach focusing on fostering collaboration, listening to client needs, assessing project programs, giving design form, and delivering inspiring solutions. Over the last decade he has been asked to lead and coordinate design teams for some of the most complex and high profile performing arts centers in the United States, understanding not only how to build cultural arts facilities, but more importantly, what makes them resonate with audiences and communities. Peter believes the true success of architecture can only be achieved through a constant personal involvement on the project - from beginning to end.

Peter has traveled widely throughout Western and Eastern Europe studying theatres, worship and civic spaces, and first apprenticed as an architect in Prague during the 1990s. He brings to all of his projects a careful understanding of how to finesse complex programs into elegantly designed and carefully detailed buildings. As a result, his work has been widely published in national design journals and nationally cited in design programs, including those of the American Institute of Architects.

Peter extends his commitment to design excellence through his involvements in   read more › the development of the architectural community. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Arizona State University School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture where he currently teaches a graduate level Comprehensive Design Studio focusing on the design of Performing Art Centers. Peter is also a visiting critic at the UCLA School of Architecture & Urban Design and School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona.
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University of California Los Angeles, Master of Architecture
University of Arizona, Bachelor of Architecture
Southern California Institute of Architecture, Semester Audit | Study of Urban Architecture

Rebecca Olson, AIA, LEED AP

Director of Healthcare

Rebecca Olson is Principal and Director of the Phoenix, Arizona studio of Westlake Reed Leskosky. Ms. Olson also serves as Director of Healthcare for the Phoenix studio, further enhancing Westlake Reed Leskosky's award-winning specialty in healthcare facilities planning and design. As Principal and Director in Phoenix, Rebecca Olson is focusing on project leadership and the management of the studio, developing and maintaining client relationships and mentoring staff. In her continuing role as Director of Healthcare for the Phoenix studio, she guides the business and strategic development of the healthcare practice as it expands in other market areas.

Featured in Arizona Woman's Who's Who 2009, Rebecca's extensive experience in project management spans new construction and renovation, with a range of construction budgets including very large complex projects, and for a variety of building types including healthcare, research laboratories, educational, and commercial facilities. Her varied experience with all types and phases of project delivery brings a valuable perspective to the design process. She has performed contract negotiation, project management, facility and site development master planning, medical and laboratory programming and planning, design, interior design, code review, contract document production, and contract administration services for more than 25 years. In   read more › addition to delivering projects in the traditional design-bid-build method, she has also delivered projects in multiple packages to accommodate client schedules with construction manager-at-risk and design-build and design-assist project delivery methods.

As practice leader for the healthcare facilities design studio of Westlake Reed Leskosky's Phoenix office, Rebecca Olson oversees the delivery of all of the healthcare design projects in the western region of the U.S. Rebecca is currently serving as project director on multiple projects with multiple design teams and hospitals for the Veterans Administration Healthcare Systems in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and West Texas, of which several are currently under construction.

A registered architect, NCARB certified, and a LEED accredited professional, Rebecca is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, the Central Arizona Society for Healthcare Engineering, and the Society for College and University Planning.

She received her Master of Architecture (1982) and Bachelor of Architectural Studies (1980) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   ‹ read less

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Architectural Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Master of Architecture
Who's Who, Arizona Woman

Roger Chang, PE, Assoc. AIA, ASHRAE BEMP, LEED Fellow, GGP

Director of Engineering

Roger Chang, Principal and Director of Engineering, leads Westlake Reed Leskosky's sustainable design and engineering efforts with a particular focus on environmental quality, energy efficiency, and building simulation modeling. He also serves as a Lead Mechanical Engineer. Named ASHRAE's 2006 New Face of Engineering and one of the 2010 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40,and a 2011 Building Design + Construction "40 Under 40" recipient, Roger enhances Westlake Reed Leskosky's integrated capabilities in engineering and sustainability through integrated building solutions.

Roger brings considerable experience in design, project management, sustainability consulting and building simulation modeling on major performing arts centers, museums, and laboratories. Roger's special expertise also includes life-cycle cost analysis, building energy modeling, and advanced facade analysis. Examples of his application of innovative techniques and tools include mechanical designs for special environments requiring stringent environmental controls, such as museum and gallery spaces as well as energy guidelines for Ivy League universities. He is among the first to be certified as an ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP).

Roger Chang is a frequent speaker on sustainable design and has run LEED training workshops. He is a member of ASHRAE and currently serves as sustainability committee chair   read more › for the National Capitol Region ASHRAE Chapter. He has lectured for ASHRAE, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and SimBuild. He has also served as a peer reviewer for GreenBuild, the Journal of Architectural Engineering, and ASHRAE Transactions. He has participated in advisory sessions for the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Rutgers-National Science Foundation Partnership, and the City University of New York (CUNY) Building Performance Consortium. Mr. Chang served as co-chair of the committee on sustainability for the undergraduate architecture program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where he also served as a curriculum coordinator and visiting lecturer in building systems design. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Catholic University Master of Science in Sustainable Design program.

Roger Chang received his Master and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was involved in research on natural ventilation, double-skin facades, and ice rink indoor air quality.

Design Approach
Advancing the firm's initiatives beyond LEED criteria, he is involved in the analysis of the firm's projects in regard to: energy use, water use, materials use, stewardship and education, operations and maintenance, and occupant comfort and health.   ‹ read less

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering
New Face of Engineering, ASHRAE
40 Under 40, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
40 Under 40, Building Design and Construction

Tom Gallagher, AIA

DIrector of NY Studio

Thomas Gallagher is a Principal in Westlake Reed Leskosky's New York Studio, which focuses particularly on performing and cultural arts facility design. In the New York studio, Mr. Gallagher brings 25 years experience in architectural and lighting design for more than 30 leading cultural arts entities including the Museum of Modem Art.

Mr. Gallagher had worked for Westlake Reed Leskosky in the Cleveland office from 1994 to 2002 as a project director and an associate of the firm. He was responsible for design and management of cultural architectural projects that included the Clemens Center in Elmira, New York and ArtsBlock Performing Arts Center in Wausau, Wisconsin. Most recently, Mr. Gallagher has served as a senior designer and architect for George Sexton Associates of Washington, D.C. and New York City. Operating in the New York office for Sexton Associates, he provided consulting services to architects, public and private museums and galleries and specialized in museum planning and programming, exhibition and lighting design.

His project experience at George Sexton Associates included the museum programming and lighting design for the new Mint Museum of Art and lighting design for such major cultural institutions as the Dallas Museum of Art, read more › Cleveland   read more › Museum of Art, Addison Gallery of American Art, Waverock in I-Iydcrabad, India, Noguchi Museum, and the Queens Museum of Art. Through Sexton's office, Mr. Gallagher also worked on the lighting design for projects with Westlake Reed Leskosky, including the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the Akron Art Museum.

Mr. Gallagher is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Mr. Gallagher has lectured at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has been a guest critic for the 5th year studio at the Pratt Institute. He has taught a lighting class as part of a museum studies program at New York University and as part of the interiors department at Ursuline College in Ohio.

Mr. Gallagher received his Bachelor of Architecture Cum Laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Design Approach
In addition to artificial lighting design concepts, Mr. Gallagher has been deeply interested in developing sustainable schemes with natural daylighting that are highly integrated into the architectural concepts.   ‹ read less

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude