Westlake Reed Leskosky promotes the following individuals in recognition of their design and technical excellence and superior execution that enhance the firm’s fully integrated design services and thought leadership:
Peter W. Rutti, AIA
Peter is Principal, Director of Design and Phoenix Studio Director of Westlake Reed Leskosky.
He advances the Phoenix design studio culture and portfolio by fostering collaboration within the design team and creating inspiring design solutions. Over the last decade he has led and coordinated design teams for some of the most complex high profile performing arts centers in the United States. Peter understands how to build cultural arts facilities, what makes them resonate with their audiences and how they can contribute to the economic development of their communities.
Peter’s recent work includes the design of the renovation and expansion of the Avalon Theater of Grand Junction, Colorado, transforming the 1923 historic Vaudeville playhouse into a vibrant multi-venue regional center for the arts as a new anchor for downtown redevelopment and social engagement. Peter’s experience designing buildings that help to revitalize and activate their surroundings has become a significant approach to the Phoenix studio’s focus and work. He is also leading the design of a new performing arts school on the campus of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, as well as designing cultural arts projects in Beijing and Shanghai.
Peter extends his commitment to design excellence through his involvement in the progressive development of the architectural community. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts where he teaches a graduate level Comprehensive Design Studio focused on the design of performance and cultural centers. Peter is also a visiting critic at the UCLA School of Architecture & Urban Design and College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona.
A board member of the Arizona Citizens for the Arts and a member of the American Institute of Architects, Peter received his Master of Architecture from the University of California LA in 2001 and his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona in 1995.
David M. Combs, AIA
David Combs is Associate Principal and Project Director of the Phoenix Studio of Westlake Reed Leskosky.
David applies his diverse professional experience spanning the entire spectrum of the design and construction industry, and ensures design and technical excellence for complex projects. His current work includes a cultural arts project in Gabon, Africa, and healthcare facilities for the Veterans Administration, Arizona and California.
David’s focus includes LEED certified and sustainable medical research facilities for premier clients in both the public and private sectors. He also contributes his experience in multiple building types including restoration and adaptive reuse facilities. As a project director, David has successfully taken projects from schematic design to completion while maintaining a successful working relationship with clients, contractors, and consultants. David received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Science from Ball State University in 2003.