#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Sean M. Stadler, AIA


AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Sean M. Stadler, AIA, a principal with WDG Architecture, will be joining us for our April 6 discussion on The Cost of Loyalty, the second installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register here via AIA|DC).

Sean M. Stadler, AIA, is a Design Principal and partner of WDG Architecture, where he focuses on elevating the firm’s stature in design, with particular emphasis on enhancing the civic realm. He is directly responsible for leading the planning, re-zoning and design of complex, high-profile urban projects, bolstering WDG’s reputation for sustainable and distinctive, mid- and high-rise structures with contemporary urban sensitivity. Mr. Stadler’s diverse experience includes commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, and sporting facilities.

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 charrette, 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. Sean believes 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 a recipient of the 2011 AIA Young Architects award where the jury noted that “he is a unique individual of outstanding talent and clear commitment.”

Mr. Stadler shares his thoughts on loyalty within a firm:

When we look at the composition of our firm there are several levels of staff that we need to have to continue to produce and compete for the projects we want. Some of the positions are extremely strategic and some of the positions are not initially strategic but over the course of a staff member’s employment we gradually understand the capabilities of the individual and identify their impact on our work, our culture, our clients, and in the community. Often these individuals may realize their value in the profession their career offers great opportunities. In today’s market the best and brightest are highly sought after and out firm is just one of the many that seek these professionals.

He will be joined by:

Moderated by: Diane Leeson, Assoc. AIA – Hickok Cole Architects

WHEN: April 6, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.
Credits: 1.0 LU

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee



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