Associate, WDG Interior Architecture

Ricardo J. Rodriguez

Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Ricardo grew up surrounded by colonial architecture in San Germán, Puerto Rico, the Island’s second-oldest city. He pursued architecture studies at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico’s New School of Architecture, where he was actively involved in the founding and leading of the School’s AIAS chapter. Ricardo graduated Cum Laude in 2007 with a Bachelors of Architecture. He has worked alongside industry leaders at Gensler, NIKA Architects+Engineers and most recently as an Associate at WDG Interior Architecture. He serves as an experienced project manager and senior project designer with a wide range of international project experience, from sensitive government workplaces, building re-positionings, mixed-use multi-family, large hospitality venues and interior architecture.

Ricardo is a scholar of the inaugural class of AIA|DC’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. He was also recently appointed to be the program’s 2016 Vice-Chair and concurrently serves as Past-Chair of AIA|DC’s Emerging Architect’s Committee. In 2015 he co-developed a lecture series for creative professionals focused on leadership development, which was presented in San Juan, PR Richmond, VA and Washington, DC. Ricardo served as a guest lecturer for various local institutions: AIA|DC LA.IDEA'S Tertulias, discussed Future Trends in Architecture by the ITT Institute and in support of the Washington Architectural Foundation, co-developed an Architecture Workshop for Kids focused on Latin American architecture. That same year, Ricardo was recognized for his commitment towards the profession by being awarded with AIA|DC's Emerging Architect of the Year Award “for his exceptional leadership early in his career”. In 2016 he will be a panelist at the NOMAS Symposium 2016 and was recognized as Young Architect of the Year by the DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS).