Accelerate Live! talk: Finding the money for your clients' projects, Paul Westlake, Jr., DLR Group|WRL

Architect Paul Westlake, Jr., shares his methods for adding value to projects through creative financing.


As everyone in the AEC industry knows all too well, without money for a building project, there is no building project. 

During his decades-long career in architecture, Paul Westlake has become somewhat of a master for helping his clients—particularly in the cultural and performing arts sectors—find money for their projects, or find more money for their projects. 

In some cases, these projects would not have happened without Westlake’s expertise. In other cases, he helped his clients fully realize their vision, with added funding for optional programming.  

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Westlake shares some of his methods for adding value to projects on the financing end. These include tax credit equity financing, preservation tax incentives, and new markets tax credits.


Paul Westlake, Jr., FAIA, Global Culture+Performing Arts Leader and Senior Principal with DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky, specializes in the planning and design for the performing and cultural arts.

His award-winning projects encompass theaters and performance venues of all types as well as other cultural facilities such as museums and fine arts buildings. Over the course of his career, Paul has been personally involved in the study, renovation, and design of approximately 200 cultural facilities nationally and internationally, including work in Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, and Gabon, Africa. His projects and clients range from large performing arts centers in major cities to facilities nurturing the diversity of the arts on college campuses and in smaller communities.

Paul has lectured on performing arts design at national conferences of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the International Association of Assembly Managers, the League of Historic American Theatres, and other symposia.



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