DLR Group Employee-Ownership Grows With 200+ Leadership Appointments

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two managing principals, four senior principals, and 28 principals, as well as 174 senior associates and associates were recently appointed at DLR Group, a 100 percent employee-owned global integrated design firm.

“Through appointments, we recognize employee-owners who are driving transformative change in our business and embodying our brand promise to enhance the human experience through design,” said Steven McKay, RIBA, LEED AP, Managing Principal and CEO at DLR Group. “These visionary leaders exemplify our core values, and their design innovation will ensure our ability to meet the evolving needs of clients worldwide.”

Managing Principals

As part of a planned leadership transition initiated over the past two years, Pamela Touschner, FAIA, and Peter Rutti, AIA, have each been appointed a DLR Group Managing Principal. Both are also members of the executive team.

Touschner joined DLR Group in 1993. Based in Los Angeles, she leads 290 employee-owners as the California Region Leader, managing operations for six California offices representing more than $75 million of revenue. She has held leadership positions in numerous arms of AIA and NOMA.

Rutti joined DLR Group in 2012. As the firm’s chief design officer, he directs all aspects of the integrated design process to achieve DLR Group’s commitment to elevate the human experience through design. He is a recognized performing arts and cultural institution designer and a faculty associate and visiting critic at design schools across the U.S.

Senior Principals

DLR Group senior principals are established, visible, respected leaders and mentors who play a key role in establishing and realizing the firm’s strategic goals. Less than 2% of the firm’s more than 1,600 staff hold this critical leadership title.

  • Molly Johnson: Johnson leads a robust human resources function within the firm, having introduced benefits, compensation, learning & development, performance management, and talent acquisition specialties. She also gives employee-owners critical feedback toward improving DLR Group’s culture with an annual Culture Index.
  • Audrey Koehn, NCIDQ, LEED AP: Koehn leads the firm’s interior design discipline. She leads a team of more than 175 designers across all of the firm’s client sectors. DLR Group has garnered recent awards from Fast Company, Metropolis, and other industry leaders for our cutting-edge, sustainable interior design solutions.
  • Adam St. Cyr, AIA: As the firm’s Texas region leader, St. Cyr is responsible for growing the business and culture across three offices in one of DLR Group’s fastest-growing regions. He is also an accomplished architect and experienced K-12 education client leader.
  • Carmen Wyckoff, AIA, LEED AP: Wyckoff is a project manager and architect specializing in innovative K-12 education facilities such as the MacConnell award-winning Canyon View High School. As an advisory board member, she effectively champions the value of employee ownership.


DLR Group principals consistently demonstrate the firm’s core values while proactively, positively, and ethically leading the firm to new levels. The class of 2024 principals includes 28 individuals representing architecture, engineering, interior design, planning, and specialty services.

DLR Group also welcomed 79 new senior associates and 95 new associates. Senior associates inspire and mentor others while exhibiting leadership by taking on new challenges and influencing design outcomes. Associates consistently excel in their role while proactively sharing their design voice and contributing to culture.

Since the previous year’s appointments, strong organic growth as well as merger and acquisition activity brought 71 additional leaders into the firm with appointments on-hire. This cohort included three executive teammates, Chief Growth Officer Beth Miller and Chief Development Officer Ignacio Reyes, FAIA, LEED AP, both senior principals, and Principal and Global Leader of Equity Diversity and Belonging, Jessica Bantom. Twenty additional principals, 16 senior associates, and 32 associates round out this cohort.

About DLR Group

DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group is 100 percent employee-owned and fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment.