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February 08, 2016
CLEVELAND, OHIO (1 February 2016) – Westlake Reed Leskosky announces the addition of three new owners in recognition of their leadership and contributions to the firm: Jason T. Adolff, AIA, LEED AP, Owner, Principal, Director of Washington DC Studio; Thomas Gallagher, AIA, Owner, Principal, Director of New York Studio; and Matthew A. Janiak, AIA, LEED AP, Owner, Principal, Senior Project Director, Cleveland Studio.
The announcement marks the ongoing growth and stability of the national, award-winning architecture, engineering and technology design firm, now in its 112th year of continuous practice, and founded by Abram Garfield, son of President James A. Garfield. Ranked #1 Overall based on design, business, and sustainability in the American Institute of Architect's Architect magazine's 2014 Top 50, Westlake Reed Leskosky is a 140-person firm with studios in Washington DC; New York City; Cleveland, OH; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; and Charlotte, NC.
The expansion of ownership to include leaders in studio locations in addition to the Cleveland corporate office is a significant milestone reflecting the firm's continuing growth as a multi-office, geographically diverse, integrated design practice, with work across the United States and abroad, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. It marks the success of the design studios, each recently celebrating completed projects for premier clientele, as well as the collaborations among the studios within one consistent firm brand that benefit significant client work nationally and internationally.
The new owners join the firm's continuous owners Paul E. Westlake, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, Managing Principal, and Philip LiBassi, AIA, ACHA, Principal; as well as emeritus owners Ronald A. Reed, FAIA, IIDA, Principal, and Vince Leskosky, AIA, IIDA, Principal.
About the Newly Added Owners:
Jason T. Adolff, AIA, LEED AP, with Westlake Reed Leskosky since 1998, founded the Washington, DC studio in 2004. He has built an integrated design staff, and has led the Washington DC studio to secure and execute commissions with notable clients, including the U.S. General Services Administration, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress, National Park Service, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution for the recent renovation of the landmark Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, John Hopkins Medical Center, Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech), and George Mason University. Mr. Adolff's combined roles as studio leader, project director and designer facilitate the integrated process of design and project management on complex projects, and in museum, performing arts, higher education, preservation, workplace and healthcare markets.
Thomas Gallagher, AIA is a project director and designer and founder of the New York City studio of Westlake Reed Leskosky. Also a nationally recognized lighting designer, Mr. Gallagher's prior experience includes founding lighting design studios in the United Kingdom and New York. His depth of experience in museum and lighting design is applied to the firm's projects across the country, as well as sought out by other premier architects, museums, and direct clients. Mr. Gallagher's design work in cultural and performing arts design has been published and cited in design award programs, and includes more than 50 projects. He recently led the design team on the 17,500-patron Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater project in upstate New York, brought to fruition in a design-build partnership in less than nine months, and through the integrated design contributions from each of the firm's studios. Mr. Gallagher is also responsible for expanding the firm's international portfolio in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, including a design project in Taiwan now under construction and a theater project in Shanghai now under design.
Matthew A. Janiak, AIA, LEED AP has been with Westlake Reed Leskosky for 18 years, and is deeply involved in the operations of the firm's Cleveland studio. Mr. Janiak serves as senior project director for numerous significant commissions involving cultural and higher education institutions, highlighted by Playhouse Square in Cleveland, the second largest performing arts center in the United States, and key projects contributing to the firm's celebrated national and international specialty in performing arts and historic theatre renovation. Mr. Janiak's instrumental experience includes the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, projects for Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and El Dorado Festivals & Events, Arkansas, among fifty performing arts clients. Mr. Janiak has led integrated teams on numerous large, complex award-winning projects in the firm's specialty of design for educational institutions, and has had significant impact on the firm's operations, and growth and recognition.