Ruth Ro Joins Dattner Architects’ Partners Group
Dattner Architects is pleased to announce that Ruth Ro AIA, LEED AP BD+C has been elevated to Principal in recognition of her contributions to the firm and her evolving role in the practice.
“After 11 years at Dattner Architects, Ruth Ro is joining our partnership, becoming our fifth woman owner. To each endeavor, she brings her characteristic energy and optimism, her commitment to diversity and social equity, and her talent as a designer and project leader—I am excited to see what she creates with this expanded platform.” — Kirsten Sibilia, Managing Principal
Naturally adept at bringing people together and facilitating dialogue, Ruth Ro leads the planning and architectural design of large-scale mixed-use projects. Her approach to working with clients and consultants is characterized by a commitment to problem solving through design and the belief in successful collaboration. Ruth is part of Dattner Architects’ Design and Technology Committee and she is one of the leaders in the firm’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
“I am proud to be joining a partnership of colleagues whose combined strengths, shared mission, and commitment to great design continue to reinforce Dattner Architects’ reputation as good neighbors to the communities we serve and respected leaders in the profession.” — Ruth Ro
Keith Engel is Elevated to Associate Principal
Dattner Architects is also pleased to announce that Keith Engel AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHD has joined the Associate Principals group.
“Keith’s professional work and advocacy for providing housing for those most in need is remarkable. As a Studio Leader at Dattner Architects, he has created an environment where professionals at all levels flourish. We are pleased to welcome him to our Associates Principals group.” — Kirsten Sibilia, Managing Principal
Keith Engel values architecture’s ability to affect change and provide meaningful and equitable experiences, and he has dedicated his career to practicing socially responsible design with a focus on affordable and supportive housing. Keith has a nuanced perspective of a city in constant transition, and a personal commitment to a collaborative practice that invigorates neighborhoods and promotes constructive dialogue within the urban realm. He also currently serves as one of the firm’s Housing Studio Directors.
“I am grateful and honored to join the Associate Principals and Principals in leading the civic mission of Dattner Architects. Consideration for essential and socially-engaged architecture is what drew me to Dattner 10 years ago, and I’m excited to continue to evolve a practice in service of those most vulnerable members of society—the unhoused in particular, and those that experience housing insecurity writ large.” — Keith Engel