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September 16, 2014
CLEVELAND, OHIO (8 September 2014) –Westlake Reed Leskosky is ranked #1 Overall among U.S. design firms in the 2014 "The Architect 50" listing by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects. "The Architect 50" ranking is based on scores in three separate categories: business, design excellence, and sustainability. Westlake Reed Leskosky (www.WRLdesign.com) is ranked #1 in Business, #4 in Design, and #5 in Sustainability in the individual category listings.
Paul E. Westlake, Jr., FAIA, managing principal and a lead designer of Westlake Reed Leskosky, says, "We are proud to be recognized as being at the forefront of design excellence, sustainability, and business practice. These are overarching values that have guided our investment in our design and thought leadership, and in our unique vertically integrated practice model in order to visibly serve communities and institutions and enhance quality of life."
Design Excellence. Westlake Reed Leskosky is a nationally-based architecture, engineering, and technology design practice with projects in over 30 states and working internationally in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm cultivates a design studio approach within its offices in Washington DC, Cleveland, New York, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, distinguished by creative inquiry and innovation, and underpinned by research and examination. Widely published in leading journals, and recognized with over 400 significant awards, the firm recently received in 2014 an AIA COTE Award for Sustainable Design Excellence and its second GSA Design Award. Design leaders actively mentor next generation talents, and hold academic positions at universities and accredited architectural schools.
Sustainability. Westlake Reed Leskosky fosters a collective commitment to a sustainable design culture. The firm has multiple site net-zero energy-targeted, LEED Platinum and Energy Star certified projects, and embraces the Architecture 2030 challenge. With nearly 40 LEED accredited professionals in its 125-person staff, the firm's sustainable design expertise is supported by continuing professional education and office practices for recycling, reducing energy, and community engagement. Westlake Reed Leskosky leaders are involved in advocacy roles serving the public interest, and have pioneered initiatives such as www.recool.com, a public website and an interactive platform advancing high-performance engineering solutions, and the development of the Sustainable Technology Environments ProgramSM (STEP) rating system for low-voltage building and communication technologies.
Business. Westlake Reed Leskosky bases success and growth on integrated and comprehensive design services with specialization in performing and visual arts, civic, healthcare, workplace environments, educational facilities, historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Its expertise is delivered using Building Information Modeling with highly integrated specialized capabilities including LEED/sustainable design, interior design, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, data transport/IT and technology, security, theatrical, audio-visual and lighting services, wayfinding and branding, assistance in historic and new markets tax credits, and cultural arts planning. The firm focuses on projects in the public interest, devotes staff to pro bono work on behalf of its clients, and invests in research and development to continually stimulate fresh, new ideas and promote innovation in design.