Leo A Daly appoints director of operations and senior designer


Washington, D.C.--April 24, 2009--The Washington, D.C. office of international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm of Leo A Daly is pleased to announce the appointment of Lane Abernathy, AIA, LEED AP, as vice president and director of operations and Bjorn S. Hallsson as senior designer.
 
“We are very pleased to have Lane and Bjorn join our team,” says Leo A Daly Washington, D.C. Vice President and Managing Principal Alan Feltoon. “Lane’s proven interest in the future of the profession and in knowledge management will help everyone on our team attain their professional education goals, and in turn help our clients. Likewise, Bjorn’s impressive portfolio of award-winning international and local projects will be very valuable to our office as we position our team in both regional and international markets.”
 
With more than 25 years of experience in operations management, programming and project management of various large-scale and complex projects, Abernathy will be responsible for overseeing business and internal operations for the Washington, D.C. office. Her portfolio includes the GSA/U.S. Census Bureau National Data Processing Center in Bowie, Md., the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., the Library of Congress’ National Audio/Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Va., and several projects across college campuses in Virginia.
 
Abernathy possesses a Bachelor of Arts from St. Andrews College and a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech. A registered architect in Virginia and a LEED Accredited Professional, she also has attended classes and workshops in leadership development from the Advanced Management Institute. Prior to joining LEO A DALY, Abernathy worked for SmithGroup in Washington, D.C., where she held positions including corporate director of knowledge management and director of operations for the company’s Mid-Atlantic offices.
 
Hallsson possesses more than 30 years of design experience in the United States and internationally, in countries including Iceland, France and China. His projects span various market sectors including cultural, higher education, corporate and commercial, federal and aviation. Some of his esteemed projects include University of Iceland, Les Quatre Temps at La Defense in Paris, France, North Grand High School in Chicago, Ill., and Modern Art Museum in Chongqing City, China.
 
Hallsson graduated with a degree in Architecture with a Distinction from the City of Leicester Polytechnic School of Architecture, Leicester, England (now DeMontford University). He is a registered architect in Iceland, as well as an associate at the American Institute of Architects and a member the Icelandic Architects Association. Hallson previously held various leadership positions at OWP/P Inc. in Chicago, most recently serving as principal and director of design. He also has owned a private practice in Reykjavik, Iceland.
 
About Leo A Daly
Established in 1915, Leo A Daly is an internationally renowned architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm. The company's portfolio includes award-winning projects in 65 countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Leo A Daly currently employs more than 1,100 architects, planners, engineers and interior designers in 30 offices worldwide. The firm consistently ranks in the top 10 largest architecture, engineering and interior design firms in the U.S., and is listed in BD World Architecture’s top 30 global practices. For more information, visit www.leoadaly.com

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