Principals

Doug Dahlin

Doug Dahlin AIA

Founder

Since founding the firm in 1976, Doug's visionary design leadership has driven growth and diversity for over 40 years. Globally, his pioneering design solutions for community planning and vertical urbanization have produced projects at every scale. As the firm leadership transitions into the future, Doug continues to inspire our design process with a special interest in agriculture as a key component in community open space—vested personally in his working farm in northern California, he is committed to sustainable farming practices.

Nancy Keenan

Nancy Keenan AIA, LEED® AP

President
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Leading strategic and executive direction for the firm, Nancy is committed to connecting our multi-office teams, our strategic partners and our clients. She is guiding the leadership transition of our diverse firm to an employee-owned company—increasing transparency in business operations with an emphasis on continuous professional development. Providing a platform for thought leadership, education and giving back, DAHLIN is a preferred employer, a connected member of our communities, and a trusted advisor to our clients.

John M. Thatch

John M. Thatch AIA, LEED® AP

Senior Vice President - Design Innovation
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Champion of new thinking and pushing the envelope of design with ideas that create thoughtful, livable and economically viable communities, John paced himself early to lead design excellence into the future. He is a passionate creative who thrives on the opportunity to design at a variety of scales for a variety of project types. He is known for challenging each project team to develop the most innovative and economically viable solutions, engaging frequently in design brainstorms.

Lauri Moffet-Fehlberg

Lauri Moffet-Fehlberg AIA, LEED® AP

Senior Principal / Senior Architect
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Whether it is her own studio, designed in a contemporary rural vernacular in Montana, or a mixed-use village on the West Coast, Lauri focuses on the integration of art, architecture, urban design and context to craft a unique sense of place. She stewards the environmental conscience of DAHLIN to understand and meet the challenges every project must overcome to be truly sustainable. Lauri's work, extending the length of the U.S. West Coast, shapes the design of our community fabric.

Mario Aiello

Mario Aiello

Senior Principal / Senior Architect

Mario is a master architect and artisan of contemporary design. He defines the character of a place, a building, a landscape, through the composition of exquisite detailing—translated from a piece of jewelry into a motif for a canopy, the color of a Parisian vase into an accent wall, or nature embodied within the structural design of a building. He is the recipient of prestigious design awards, including AIA's Custom Residence National Award, and is a published designer in magazines.

Kurt Donnelly

Kurt Donnelly AIA

Senior Principal / Senior Architect
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There is a story behind every place—a story derived from history, culture and experience. As an architect immersed in design, Kurt believes these stories contribute character and soul to the built environment. Whether he is working close to home or across the globe, Kurt absorbs and understands the context of a place before he starts thinking inside the walls. His 30+ years of experience has produced award-winning communities throughout California and many provinces in China.

Stephanie Fujimura

Stephanie Fujimura AIA, LEED® AP

Principal / Senior Architect
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An expert in institutional and municipal architecture, Stephanie crafts thoughtful and memorable community-centric facilities for public agencies. With experience that also includes commercial, retail and office projects, Stephanie has a unique perspective from which she translates commercial design innovations into value enhancing designs that will better serve her public clients and their communities for decades to come. Her expertise in keeping at the forefront of technological advancements facilitates the firm’s delivery of state-of-the-art solutions that move projects across all sectors forward in an increasingly digital work environment.

Gregor Markel

Gregor Markel AIA, LEED® AP

Senior Principal / Senior Architect
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Gregor has perfected his craft working with clients and contractors to help shape places we live, work, shop, recreate, care, protect and worship. His diverse background allows him to lead project teams undertaking a wide variety of types and styles of architectural projects. "Our project approach is to craft a unique solution for each client, one that should be functional, creative, environmentally sound, and will meet the client's timeline and budget expectations."

Donald J. Ruthroff

Donald J. Ruthroff AIA

Principal / Senior Architect
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Don has worked in residential densities ranging up to 40 dwelling units per acre. He works with a mix of public and private homebuilder clients, as well as landowners and developers. With training in both structural engineering and architecture, Don's work benefits from his well-rounded breadth of expertise. A distinguished industry leader, he is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences on the latest design trends, and to judge industry awards programs.

Andrew

Andrew "Jack" Gallagher AIA, LEED® AP

Managing Principal
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Jack's experience encompasses designing, detailing and managing a variety of commercial, custom home, and complex residential mixed-use projects. As managing principal of the Austin office, he maintains conscientious oversight of the design process and staff development. His background is enriched by his travels to over 50 countries across six continents, experiencing a diversity of architectural styles and placemaking solutions. Jack's philosophy bases every endeavor in architecture on a Big Idea. A passion for pursuing your Big Idea to the end, despite obstacles and avoiding complacency, yields success.

Brett Bailey

Brett Bailey AIA

Principal / Senior Architect
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Brett provides strategic project and design leadership in complex multifamily and mixed-use projects to teams across the firm based on over 20 years of commercial, office, recreational, multifamily, and mixed-use project experience, tackling issues of high density, infill housing, and neighborhood sensitivity. Brett thrives on mentoring teams in sound project delivery methods and has become a trusted advisor to his clients, raising the level of design and execution in service of the firm’s clients higher, project-by-project.

Emily Bonato

Emily Bonato AIA

Principal / Senior Architect
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Emily oversees the strategy and implementation of the quality assurance processes that serve to uphold DAHLIN’s legacy in design. She thrives on the technical aspects of architecture, helping establish standards for project delivery across the firm, with a strong focus on design and documentation, construction administration, specifications, quality assurance/quality control, and mentoring and training. Emily's design approach emphasizes creating homes where people feel the meaning of place. She is dedicated to designing livable floor plans and style appropriate to the context of the site. Focusing on the appropriate detailing, she balances the difficulty of getting projects entitled with the needs of the client. Emily cultivates a collaborative approach across all sectors to ensure quality and attention to detail are addressed at all levels across a project, and to confirm that the best client service is delivered.

Sean Whitacre

Sean Whitacre AIA

Principal / Senior Architect
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Sean is a leader of our Multifamily, Mixed-use and Affordable Housing sectors as well as co-leader of the San Diego office. Synthesizing visual art, rational problem-solving and social responsibility is a challenge that inspires his design solutions and his team leadership. His leadership provides exceptional client experiences through raised levels of collaboration and execution methods. Our clients rely on his strategic council in evaluating the feasibility of complex and constrained sites to design projects that are financially successful and enhance communities. Through his rigorous work ethic and process-oriented thinking, Sean has implemented a design team leadership process that adds significant value for our clients across the firm. He is noted for his ongoing influence on DAHLIN’s newer professionals, improving document coordination and sharing his advanced design skills and deep knowledge of multifamily construction.

Ritu Raj Sharma

Ritu Raj Sharma AICP, LEED® AP

Principal / Senior Planner
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Ritu Raj is an urban designer with more than 20 years of planning, urban design and architectural experience working with communities, private developers and public agencies. He provides strategic guidance to project teams across the firm and across market sectors on both planning and design projects, applying his expertise with building typologies and densities, building and municipal codes, and legislation and conveying issues of scale and mass to elevate the client service experience and more effectively achieve client objectives. His leadership embodies DAHLIN’s placemaking philosophy, characterized by context sensitive and sustainable design that creates healthy communities and celebrate diverse lifestyles.

Justin Julian

Justin Julian AIA, LEED® AP

Principal / Senior Architect

Justin is a hands-on, versatile leader working with project teams and clients across and within multiple market sectors. Through his diverse experience in residential, commercial, hospitality, and medical facilities, Justin is leading the growth of the Bellevue office to complement the firm’s diversified portfolio. With a focus on elevating the level of design in the Pacific Northwest, he is proven at leading teams in developing exceptionally creative solutions to complex challenges, exceeding the expectations of clients and mentoring the next generation of design leaders. An active contributor in industry organizations, Justin’s collaborative approach fosters long-term partnerships with our clients and industry colleagues.

Darian Rauschendorfer

Darian Rauschendorfer AIA

Principal / Architect

Raised in homebuilding with prior experience at her father's construction company, working with clients towards creative, executable designs is a personal passion. Specializing in residential communities and low density attached projects, Darian pushes teams to imagine who will live there and how they will experience the home and the community. She is always exploring fresh constructable ideas to inspire teams to create design solutions that better serve how people live, enhancing livability for the homeowners and creating value for the homebuilders. Committed to cultivating long-standing, collaborative relationships with our clients, Darian partners with our clients to contribute to their success.

Elizabeth Sabol

Elizabeth Sabol AIA, LEED® AP BD+C

Principal / Senior Architect

Co-leader of our San Diego office, Elizabeth is passionate about designing projects that support the development and wellbeing of students, faculty and the community. She has spent her career of more than 20 years specializing in educational projects, working closely with K-12 school districts and the DSA to design engaging, interactive learning environments with the latest in technology and sustainability. She successfully guides clients through complex agency processes to obtain approval and funding and works with Facilities Directors to prepare School Board updates, presents to School Boards, and facilitates District and community planning meetings in either Spanish or English, ensuring the inclusion of the community’s voice while stewarding district vision and goals.

Justin Doull

Justin Doull AICP, LEED® AP

Principal / Senior Planner
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Justin’s leadership fuses art and science into an integrated process informed by the richness of his experience—equal parts architect, engineer, and planner on a broad range of projects including residential, civic, and commercial. Engaged across all disciplines, levels and project phases, from master plans through construction, his approach to placemaking treats the spaces between buildings and the buildings that frame those spaces as equally important. With a spirit of collaboration, Justin is a dedicated mentor developing the next generation of urban designers, leading our people and clients in creating places that will not only stand the test of time, but will also add unexpected fun and moments of delight to everyday lives.

Karl Danielson

Karl Danielson AIA, LEED® AP

Senior Principal / Executive Team

Karl's architectural career has focused on the most difficult challenges of building type and complexity. He now oversees DAHLIN's performance as a business, focusing on the financial strategy and policy issues that drive a successful architectural firm in international practice. He is recognized as a forward-thinking leader for adopting new technologies to the practice and addressing business challenges from a systems integration approach.

Mark Day

Mark Day AIA, LEED® AP

Senior Principal / Executive Team
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Mark has demonstrated his ability to see the big picture of creating communities in some of the most ambitious and successful master plans in California, Russia and China. His expertise in management has translated into oversight of operations and technology solutions for DAHLIN. His understanding of business context and industry change involves him in strategic decision-making that creates sustainable business growth and impact.