Architect Sessions Feature Top Brokers, Architects, and CEO/Founders in DC

Wingate Hughes Architect Sessions feature the top real estate brokers, architects, and CEO/Founders in DC to demystify complicated business, design, and real estate issues affecting business owners and operators. If you are a small business owner, entrepreneur, or startup founder, these sessions will educate while introducing you to the best people and resources in our region. Please join us for one Architect Session or all four!

All sessions are free and held at Wingate Hughes from 5pm-7pm. Light food and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to

Session: Design Your Dream Office
Date: Thursday, November 15

Today’s expectations for office design can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ll show you how to utilize freedom of choice to create your dream office. We’ll break down the design process, show you how and why to communicate your feelings for the space, and how to get what you want – an office that’s everything you always wanted but never expected. See what is possible for your office.

Featured Speakers
adam vitarello optoroAdam Vitarello: Adam is President and Co-Founder of Optoro, one of the fastest growing technology companies in the US. As President, he is responsible for setting the strategic vision for their enterprise SaaS product, expanding the ecommerce reach of their BLINQ brand, improving how they collect and use proprietary data, overseeing all direct operations, and coming up with better ways to optimize the reverse logistics process. Wingate Hughes designed their current and previous office. Check out the Optoro office.

wingate hughes architectsKelly Nichols: Kelly, Associate IIDA and LEED Green Associate, is a Senior Project Designer at Wingate Hughes. With 10 years of interior design experience, Kelly takes the lead in the conceptualization and design process. From the initial development of design concept through finish selection and construction documentation, maintaining client relationships remains Kelly’s commitment. She is experienced in assessing and evaluating situations and developing new design strategies, ensuring only the best ideas and methods are implemented. Kelly was a leader on the Optoro office design project.

Gavin Wingate Bowie: Gavin is co-founding principal of Wingate Hughes Architects and has dual areas of expertise in business and architecture. He supervises and directs the tempo of the office while coordinating communication between clients and the design teams. He maximizes value by figuring out how to make the extraordinary affordable through creative detailing. His strategic guidance and studio leadership furthers the firm towards creativity, curiosity, and intelligence, contributing to the company’s relationship-driven designs.

You Want to Move to a New Office? Here’s How!
Date: Thursday, November 29

You know it’s time to move to a new office but you don’t know where to start. In this high-level overview, we’ll teach you how to move offices quickly, how to avoid and address crisis scenarios, and share positive outcomes that come with a move. Topics range from picking a commercial real estate broker, key contract negotiation points, and selecting your ideal neighborhood to finding the best space for your needs and sticking to your budget.

Featured Speakers:
architect sessions bruce pascalBruce Pascal: Bruce is Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield and a commercial real estate veteran practicing in his 30th year in this industry. Bruce specializes in landlord leasing representation and has been involved in over 2,500 lease transactions in Washington, D.C. On behalf of owners and sub-landlords in this city, he has represented more different addresses than any other agent, totaling over 140 buildings, almost 14% of the entire D.C. office building market.

john sadlik_architect sessionsJohn Sadlik: John, principal of J2H Partners, has an impressive 30-year track-record managing all types of design, construction and real estate projects throughout the U.S, and around the world. He has led several teams for First Potomac and SAIC, developing and renovating numerous buildings, as well as managing the tenant improvement and move-in process for over 800 clients. John helps his clients establish clear goals and strategies to set a well-defined course of action at the beginning of every project. He then manages to the highest standards of delivery, so his clients get exactly what they expect.

gavin daniels wingate hughes architectsGavin Hughes Daniels: Gavin, AIA, IIDA, is co-founding principal of Wingate Hughes. Gavin pushes the firm to be better, more creative, and never forget that everything is about the relationship with the client. Gavin is the outspoken innovator of the office and the driving force behind Wingate Hughes’ culture of building client relationships and pushing beyond the status quo. He leads by example, creating designs that help clients rethink the way they see, use, and experience their spaces.

Become a Business Success in Washington, DC
Date: Wednesday, January 9
Time: 5-7pm

DC is the hottest spot in the country for the entrepreneurship, tech, and retail industries. Our Smart City has countless opportunities, programs, and resources available for new companies like you to thrive. This session features the Washington DC Economic Partnership, sage startup founders, and key network connections. Let go of your business trepidations and let us help you succeed in DC.

Feature Speaker

Spec Suites – Are They Your New Office Home?
Date: Wednesday, January 23
Time: 5-7pm

Commercial real estate finds itself building and reinventing spec suites to remain competitive in Washington, DC’s tech-strong creative economy. More options, amenities, and sizes are available than ever before. With the wide range of choice, we’ll provide insight into the spec suite boom and discuss why CRE, building owners, and tenants are embracing the trend. For potential tenants, we’ll guide you through spec suite customization and tailoring and talk about what works and what doesn’t. The future for spec suites in the DMV is bright. See how you fit into the spec suite scene.

Feature Speaker

becky duvall wingate hughes architectsBecky Duvall: Becky, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate, is a Studio Director for Wingate Hughes’ Light Box design studio, the only dedicated spec suite design studio in the country. She has 20 years of experience in asset transformation and upgrades for interior design projects, including fitness centers, conference facilities, restroom renovations, and lobby renovations and improvements in the hospitality, global non-profit, and architectural industries.

Gavin Daniels: See bio above.

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