Stephen C. Wright joins Leo A Daly as Managing Principal in D.C.

Wright will oversee the D.C. team in executing federal, local government, private and non-profit projects

February 21, 2013 |
Stephen C. Wright joins Leo A Daly as Managing Principal in D.C.

International architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm LEO A DALY welcomes Stephen C. Wright, AIA, as the new managing principal of the Washington, D.C., office. He takes over the role from David N. Zelig, operations director, who has served as acting managing principal of the office for the past 10 months and who will continue on in his operations role.

Wright will oversee the D.C. team in executing federal, local government, private and non-profit projects and pursuing new business opportunities in markets including aviation, corporate and commercial, higher education, hospitality and institutional facilities. The office also serves as the headquarters for LEO A DALY’s international operations, with a focus on large-scale, mixed-use projects throughout China and Hong Kong.

“Steve’s impressive project portfolio, both in the D.C. region and beyond, speaks for itself in terms of the innovative designs he can provide for clients. We are honored to have his leadership to guide our local and international project teams and accelerate the momentum of the D.C. office,” says Charles Dalluge, LEO A DALY executive vice president. “His knowledge and experience in the higher education sector is a unique asset to our firm as we look to expand our client services in this area.”

Most recently, Wright was a principal of Perkins Eastman’s Washington, D.C., office, with a project portfolio including a new dining hall for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the academic master plan for Bowling Green State University, and a new home for the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. Prior to that role, he was a partner in his own firm from 1988 to 2010. In his career he has served as design principal for several award-winning student centers, libraries, performing arts, dining and academic projects at prestigious schools, including The College of William and Mary, Georgia Institute of Technology, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, University of Florida, University of Utah, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Tech University.

Wright has received numerous awards for his design work and his commitment to the profession, including the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects-Hampton Roads, Va. In 2011, his work received the Interior Design Award from the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects for the design of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University.

A dedicated supporter of the arts, Wright is former chairman of the Norfolk Public Art Commission and past board member of the Virginia Chorale, the Virginia Symphony and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. He is also past president of AIA Hampton Roads and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Wright received his bachelor of architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.


Established in 1915, LEO A DALY is an international architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. The Company’s portfolio includes award-winning projects in 77 countries and all 50 states. With nearly 900 employees in 31 offices worldwide, the firm ranks in the top 10 largest design firms in the United States and top 25 globally. For more information, visit

LEO A DALY opened its Washington, D.C., location in 1964, focusing on projects in the aviation, commercial, cultural, federal, hospitality and institutional market sectors. The office also heads LEO A DALY’s international efforts.

Recent projects include:

  • 999 Union Square, Washington, D.C.
  • McPherson Building, Washington, D.C.
  • Center for Leadership Excellence, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, Md.
  • Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, Alexandria, Va.
  • The J. Craig Venter Institute, Building 5, Rockville, Md.
  • Shenzhen Excellence Century Center, Shenzhen, China
  • TongDa International Center, Xiamen, China
  • China Mobile International Information Port Phase II Plot B, Beijing, China
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