New R&A Principal Shawn Gehle Brings Proven Record of Success

Gehle-Run Architecture Studio Merges with R&A Architecture + Design


(L) Shawn Gehle, Principal, R&A Architecture + Design. Photo: Jana Cruder. (R) R&A Architecture + Design’s Principals, from left to right, Christian Robert, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Shawn Gehle, Benjamin Anderson, Assoc. AIA. Photo: R&A Architecture + Design. Click here for high-resolution images.

CULVER CITY, CA:  R&A Architecture + Design welcomes Principal Shawn Gehle to the Culver City-based firm.  Gehle contributes to R&A’s rapid growth by bringing members of his former studio to the firm, which now has more than 30 staff members—up from five at its inception in 2012.

Founding Principals Christian Robert, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, and Benjamin Anderson, Assoc. AIA, welcome Gehle, along with his 18 years of expertise and track record of success specializing in projects that include creative workplace, educational institutions, and large-scale commercial developments.  Gehle’s status as an industry thought leader was acknowledged in January 2016 when he was appointed to the Board of Directors of A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles.

“From the beginning, our goal has been to build a fearless, innovative, and curious practice that transforms existing typologies and addresses our current challenges as a society, while working with like-minded partners and clients,” says Robert.  “Shawn is exceptionally talented, and he brings a fresh and exciting perspective to what we’ve started.”

Gehle most recently served as the Principal of the Los Angeles design studio he founded for Kansas City, Missouri-based BNIM Architects, before announcing he would be leaving the firm in February.  He also sat on the firm’s Executive Committee, driving the acceleration of applied research, design prowess, and business performance across the multi-office practice.  Before his tenure at BNIM, Gehle worked at Gensler Los Angeles for almost a decade, which is where he met and worked closely with both Robert and Anderson.  While at Gensler, he became a Design Principal/Studio Director and also served as Global Design Realization Leader, advising Gensler’s Board of Directors on issues related to design and delivery.  “Shawn, Christian, and I have a history of working together that goes back 10 years,” says Anderson.  “Early on, we realized a shared vision for what a young and energetic practice can accomplish by leveraging deep expertise from a globally sourced common background with more nimble, rigorous creative explorations.”

Gehle earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan, in 1999.  He was a Visiting Professor at both the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and at his alma mater, between 2003 and 2005.  From 2011 to 2013, Gehle was an Instructor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

“Working collaboratively with Christian and Benjamin again will enlarge our shared commitment to design excellence and drive what is possible,” says Gehle.  “Our next step allows us to deliver on our collective talents in a bold way.”

This announcement follows several initiatives the company has taken recently to strengthen its industry leadership, reach new clients, and drive the firm’s continued growth.  In 2016, R&A added Alex Anamos, AIA, LEED AP—formerly of LOHA and KAA Design—as Studio Director, and Brooks T. Atwood, IDSA, IIDA, who has achieved national recognition as a design thought leader, as Director of Design.

R&A Architecture + Design is a young, energetic architecture and design firm focused on creative solutions in multiple scales and typologies, including commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use.  With two offices—Culver City, CA, and Portland, OR—R&A transforms local communities through creative solutions.  The firm embraces intensive research to deliver fresh, new thinking at every point of the design process.  It values how curiosity feeds creativity, and how creative approaches yield innovative answers.  Founded in 2012 by two award-winning Principals, Christian Robert, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, and Benjamin Anderson, Assoc. AIA, and joined by Principal Shawn Gehle, R&A globally leverages a broad portfolio of experience in transformative architecture and interiors projects.