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Donald J. Stastny, a founder and CEO of StastnyBrun Architects, Inc. has been a practicing architect, urban designer, and facilitator for 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 locally, nationally, and internationally. Don has taken on a range of projects including the planning of neighborhoods, cities and regions, and the design of museums, multi-family housing, office buildings, historic renovations, and cultural centers. In addition, he has developed and designed over fifty national and international processes for competitions, commissions, and plans, many of which have become national models. He is a masterful facilitator as well, having worked with international governments, state agencies, city departments, tribal governments, and neighborhood associations. 

An award-winning architect and planner, Don has been honored with Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Institute of Urban Design. Additionally, he is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Don received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Washington. He received his Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania and continued his post-graduate studies as a Research Fellow at the Center of Ekistics in Athens, Greece.

Don was awarded the 2006 American Institute of Architects Northwest and Pacific Region’s Medal of Honor “in recognition as a member of the Region who has consistently demonstrated life long excellence in design, and the practice of Architecture, the public understanding of Architects and Architecture, and who has made notable contributions unique to the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region.”

The 2009 Thomas Jefferson Award recognized Don’s role of advocacy in furthering the public’s awareness and appreciation of design excellence.

Donald J. Stastny