Rico Quirindongo, AIA, was recently promoted to principal within DLR Group’s Justice + Civic studio. Quirindongo currently leads DLR Group’s civic team in Seattle. Driven by the desire to have a meaningful impact on both urban and natural landscapes, Quirindongo works with organizations to positively influence communities through design. Since beginning his career in 1996, he has developed a keen awareness of the special requirements needed to make public and non-profit projects a success. Quirindongo has extensive experience and knowledge in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, and as project manager and architect for the Northwest African American Museum, he became well versed in the intricacies of historic renovation. Quirindongo believes that existing buildings provide a rich context for our daily lives and that maintenance of this building stock, both in preservation and in adaptive reuse, is the ultimate expression of sustainable architecture.