Creating Place, Sustainably
Rico Quirindongo, AIA, has dedicated his career to creating social change. After 17 years of working with Donald King, FAIA, at DKA Architecture in Seattle, the firm closed because of the Great Recession, and Quirindongo found himself starting over again at DLR Group. Six years later, he’s re-earned the title of principal and leads the firm in growing its civic presence. At the same time, he’s embraced the idea of sustainable design as it pertains to reuse and renovation: taking what already exists and making it better.DLR Group Principal Rico Quirindongo, AIA.
We can maintain the elements of cultural value in existing buildings, elevate them, and then provide new programming for a new occupant. Preservation for the sake of preservation is not the point. What matters is that communities evolve over time, and buildings must evolve along with them and reflect the surrounding spaces. Our lives and our communities are made richer by capturing and celebrating the history of where we live and work and play; that is what creates sustainable place.