Leo A Daly appoints new VP, director of design


R. Michael Walden
R. Michael Walden

LOS ANGELES--R. Michael Walden is the new vice president, director of design for the Los Angeles office of international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm Leo A Daly.
Walden has more than 35 years of experience in various design disciplines, including architecture, interiors, graphics and computer-generated imagery for both cinema and television. His award-winning portfolio includes projects such as the recently completed Richmond Civic Center Redevelopment in Richmond, Calif., the St. Petersburg Studio Complex for Russian World Studios in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Mendez Learning Center in East Los Angeles, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Western Region Credit Union Headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., and Los Angeles’ signature “Gateway” lighting feature at Los Angeles International Airport.  
“Michael is the ideal person to serve as the director of design for our office,” said Leo A Daly Los Angeles Managing Principal Mark Griffith. “He brings such a breadth of experience. Our clients are already experiencing the notable dimension that he brings to the commercial, aviation, government, education, healthcare and hospitality markets that we serve.”
Walden’s work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and has been extensively published. He was awarded the nation’s highest honor for design excellence, the GSA President’s Award, for his work on the Calexico New Port of Entry in Calexico, Calif., and most recently, a national honor award for his work on the Systems Acquisition Management and Support campus in El Segundo, Calif., where he master planned and designed more than 540,000 square feet of high-security facilities for the Los Angeles Air Force Base. Walden attended Southern Methodist University, where he studied engineering, and obtained a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Arkansas.
Prior to joining Leo A Daly, Walden served as principal and director of design for Nadel Architects. Previously he was partner in charge of design for the Los Angeles-based Dworsky Associates. He has served as an instructor at UCLA Extension’s School of Design Communication Arts, and is an active screenwriter and novelist.

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