Reliable, Relevant, Proven
Government facilities are emblems of our national character. They should inspire pride and confidence, while being judicious with resources and oriented toward the future. In over 70 years of service to the US government, we have designed across a wide range of project types, gaining expertise in the standards and procedures of federal agencies. As a full-service architecture, engineering, and planning firm, we offer a complete solution with minimized risk. Our multi-disciplinary design teams are coordinated to deliver projects that meet security, energy, and cost goals, while remaining adaptable over the long term. Our credo is simple: use less and deliver more.
Michael D. Huffstetler, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Corporate Director of Federal Programs
National Director - DHS Programs
Mike has worked in the federal and aviation industries for 30 years, serving as market sector leader, operations director, project manager, interagency liaison, client manager, construction manager, and executive officer (XO). As a military veteran in both the US Air Force Civil Engineering career field and the US Army Corps of Engineers (multiple XO assignments), Mike distinguishes himself as a team leader, facilitator and project manager.
Mike joined LEO A DALY in 2005 following key leadership roles on some of the largest, most high-profile construction programs in the Washington, DC, area at the time, including the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Capital Construction Program ($4B) and the Pentagon Renovation Program ($1.2B).
Through the years, Mike has applied his leadership and collaborative skills to build effective external partnerships and internal teams in aviation, healthcare and federal in support of LEO A DALY’s international practice and our domestic United States nationwide presence. He is passionate about leveraging the unique strengths from across the entire company to better serve the ever-evolving mission and security needs of our country.
Debra leads small business engagement for LEO A DALY’s federal business development team. As small business programs manager, she engages with and supports small businesses partnering with the firm on federal design projects and contracts.
Based in our Washington, DC, studio, Debra draws on more than 25 years of experience in sourcing, procurement, contracts and management, and a proven track record of partnering with small businesses to grow their capabilities and deliver successful projects to the federal government.
Steve leads LEO A DALY’s Department of Defense (DoD) market sector in the central region of the United States, from his home base of San Antonio.
A retired U.S. Air Force Colonel (O-6) who served 25 years as a civil engineering officer, Steve brings more than 38 years of federal program, construction, infrastructure, operations and maintenance, contracts and capital improvement program management experience to LEO A DALY.
Following his public service, Steve worked for 13 years in the private sector as a federal program manager. He is extremely involved in the Society of American Military Engineers, with a special interest and expertise in resilience.
National Director - DoD Programs
Ed has been with LEO A DALY since his retirement from the US Air Force in 2008. He has over 26 years of active duty experience in the US Air Force as a civil engineer, culminating in three successive positions as the Base Civil Engineer and Fire Marshall, and has a diverse background in architecture/design, construction management, force protection, and physical plant operations. His extensive experience includes the management of a multitude of base level engineering projects, from small Sustainment Restoration & Modernization (SR&M) work to large MILCON facility alteration/construction.
Irena Savakova, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Design
Irena is an award-winning architectural designer with 25 years of experience developing projects for federal, commercial and educational facilities in the US and internationally. She enjoys an industry-wide reputation for her creativity, passion, and knowledge in managing complex core and shell developments, interiors, and space-planning projects. Over the past seven years, Savakova has led or contributed to the architectural design of new signature facilities for the US Department of State, Social Security Administration, the National Guard Bureau, the Air National Guard, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and NASA. She began her design career in Bulgaria. In 1991 she graduated with a Master of Architecture degree and began practicing in the European Union, where she is licensed as a registered architect. In 1995, she earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Leslie L. Shepherd, FAIA, LEED AP
National Director of GSA Programs
Les leads the firm’s General Services Administration (GSA) market sector and is based in Washington, DC. He draws on 28 years of experience in design leadership at the U.S. General Services Administration, and two years in the private sector focused on GSA work.
As Chief Architect of the Public Building Service for 12 years, Les was responsible for the Design Excellence program across 11 regional offices, overseeing $10.5 billion worth of active projects and $1.5 billion of new projects per year. He was senior advisor to the administrator and commissioner and provided national leadership for the GSA regarding design and construction policy, quality and innovation.
National Director - Department of Defense Programs
Les leads LEO A DALY’s Department of Defense (DoD) market sector in the western United States, Asia and Pacific Rim countries from his home base of Los Angeles.
His decades of DoD large program experience include projects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineering Center, National Guard and Intelligence Community clients.
In his most recent role before joining LEO A DALY, Les spent nine years in South Korea leading the $10.7 billion Yongsan Relocation Plan, Land Partnership Plan (YRP/LPP) project at U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys, the nation’s largest military base abroad.
Peter A. Yakowicz, PE, MHA
National Director - Veterans Affairs Programs
Pete is solely dedicated to the VA client, and is guided by a personal dedication to the health and well-being of veterans in every aspect of his work. Pete’s unparalleled insight into the VA's mission and its challenges comes from having spent 33 years working with the VA, including the management of an $8 billion dollar capital asset portfolio for 12 VA campuses and 68 community-based outpatient clinics. In 2005, Pete earned a federal award from the Department of Energy in recognition of VISN 23’s energy saving and water conservation efforts. He also earned several awards of recognition from the Secretary of the VA, including a 2010 award related to his work in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for helping stimulate the economy and creating jobs.