STASTNY : architect llc is the current evolution of a practice that was founded in Portland in 1975. An international consultancy, the practice specializes in architecture and peacemaking, urban design, strategic planning, and design process management. The practice is base upon a commitment to collaboration - within the studio and with those individuals and culture we have the honor to work with to create places of memory.
Donald J. Stastny FAIA FAICP FCIP
Donald J. Stastny has been a practicing architect, urban designer and process facilitator for over forty years, rebuilding communities physically and culturally. Using design as a comprehensive and strategic tool, he works toward elevating the public’s understanding and expectations of architecture and urban design locally, nationally and internationally.
Don is recognized as one of the preeminent competition advisors and managers in North America. Providing a stewardship role in design competitions, he “designs” opportunities for design professionals to create outstanding architecture and places. In 1980, he conducted his first Design Competition for Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, creating a process that was published in the 1988 AIA Guidebook for Architectural Competitions and has become a national model. Additionally, he authored The Design Excellence Program Guide: Building a Legacy for the U.S. General Services Administration. Among the more than 60 design/designer selection processes he has managed, Don has assisted the U.S. Department of State in the design delivery of five embassies in Berlin, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Beijing and London. Don has collaborated on processes delivering designs for the Oklahoma City and the Flight 93 National Memorials, and managed the selection process for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In Washington, D.C., Don has managed the design selection processes for five facilities on the National Mall: Union Square, the Washington Monument/Sylvan Theater area, Constitution Gardens, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and The National World War I Memorial.
He has evolved design, design/build and design/develop competition processes into an art form protecting the designer from exploitation and initiating collaboration between architects, planners, landscape architects and artists – and raising the public’s expectation of design. An award-winning architect and planner, Don has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Canadian Institute of Planners | Institut Canadien des Urbanistes. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Urban Design. He was awarded the 2006 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region’s Medal of Honor and the 2009 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.
* Processes in which Jennifer Mannhard served as project manager or contributed as part of the STASTNY team.
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