The DLN seeks to promote growth and professional practices in the high-end residential and related hospitality design markets by creating educational programs, experiences, and resources for its members who are design firm principals, members of the media and corporate leaders.

Ben Pentreath speaking to the DLN at the Painted Hall, at Greenwich, during the 2019 London Summit.

Ben Pentreath speaking to the DLN at the Painted Hall, at Greenwich, during the 2019 London Summit.

Our members are interior designers, architects, and landscape architects who are highly accomplished in their field and truly passionate about the Design and Architecture Industry.

Organization Overview

The DLN is a membership-based organization serving principals of design and architecture firms, media companies, and makers of products and services targeting the high-end design audience.

We support our members and partners by producing programs, experiences, and information that educates, inspires, and connects with goal of helping build better firms, become stronger leaders, and grow.

Our programming includes content areas ranging across market-driven topics such as media and marketing, technology, and real estate to inspirational areas of culture, art, history and design to professional growth topics of human resources, legal and financial  management, and personal leadership, among others.

Our programs include conferences, behind the scenes access to people and places, travel experiences, special events and dinners, surveys, research, and other content that are available on an exclusive basis to our members.  We connect our members through our monthly DLN Journal publication, our web site, instagram feed, and soon, a closed network.

The DLN believes that by providing our services to the leaders of the design market, we are positively influencing and enhancing the entire design market as the employees, suppliers, clients, and other constituents related to our members follow their example.

Over its 15 year history the DLN has established its unique and leading role in the community by consistently committing to the highest standards of integrity, quality, and focus for its membership, programming, and management. By doing so, the DLN has steadily grown in its size, capabilities, and purpose, adding new resources and expanding its activities annually.

The DLN seeks to be inclusive of well established masters of the profession and emerging stars representing diverse geographies, backgrounds, and styles across fields including architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture serving primarily the residential and related hospitality segments of the market.

Our members are characterized by their commitment to professional growth, positive leadership, interest in learning, and contributions to our community and the market-at-large.  They are recognized by the quality of their work, are frequently published in the media, and often have multiple facets to their firms including product design, retail and media ventures, and other initiatives.

Our corporate and media partners are market leading firms whose leaders seek to have direct personal access and relationships in the markets they serve, working side-by-side with our members and other partners to grow, learn, and improve.

The DLN is working toward a long term vision of a strong, creative, and exciting design market that produces great work and work environments for all of its constituents.

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Peter Sallick


Managing Partner, Design Investors, LLC; CEO and Board Member, Waterworks; Founder of the Design Leadership Network and Design Leadership Summit

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Rebecca Birdwell

Managing Director

Managing Director, Design Leadership Network; Principal, RHBirdwell; Board Member, Sir John Soane Museum Foundation

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Ron Tumpowsky

Director of Partnerships

Design Leadership Network

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Michael Boodro

Editor, HIVE

Design Leadership Network

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Sydney Gemes

Director of Membership

Design Leadership Network

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Meghan Buonocore

Director of Events & Operations

Design Leadership Network

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Kellyann Cooke

Director, Finance & Business Administration

Leadership Board

Matthew Berman


Ankie Barnes

BarnesVanze Architects

David Calligeros

Remains Lighting

David Cohen


Catherine Connolly


Magd Riad

Marmi Natural Stone

Elizabeth Dinkel

Elizabeth Dinkel Design Associates, Inc.

John Edelman

Michael Imber

Michael G. Imber Architects

Andrew Law

Andrew Law Interior Design

Frank Ponterio

Frank Ponterio Interior Design

Caren Rideau

The Kitchen Design Group

Steve Rugo

Rugo/Raff Architects

Gary Searle


Tim Slattery

Hart Howerton

Michele Trout

Bonesteel Trout Hall

Beth Webb

Beth Webb Interiors

Mark Williams

Mark Williams Design


DLN Design Masters focus on helping the DLN and its Members improve design education through working groups, program leadership, and other contributions that explore the evolution of design firm practices and create unique experiences for DLN Members. Comprised of esteemed leaders of the design community who have contributed to the DLN throughout our history, the Design Masters Council provides an extraordinary level of advice and support for many DLN programs and our Members. Initial projects have included new proprietary Masters Research in design contracts and the stages of design firm growth, and panels, talks, and tours in which Design Masters share deep insights into their work, careers, and inspiration. The DLN Design Masters Council is chaired by Michael Boodro.

Marc Appleton

Appleton Partners LLP - Architects

Pamela Babey


Jinny Blom

Jinny Blom

Martin Brudnizki

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Nina Campbell

Nina Campbell

Rafael de Cardenas

Architecture at Large

Ilse Crawford


Jesse Carrier

Carrier & Company

Jamie Drake


Mark Ferguson

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, LLP

Brad Ford

Brad Ford ID

Alexander Gorlin

Alexander Gorlin Architects

Gloria Cortina

Gloria Cortina Studio

Veere Grenney

Veere Grenney Associates

William Hefner

Studio William Hefner

Michael Imber

Michael G. Imber Architects

Tony Ingrao

Ingrao, Inc.

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler Interiors

Celerie Kemble

Kemble Interiors

David Kleinberg

David Kleinberg Design Associates

Thomas A. Kligerman

Ike Kligerman Barkley

Victor Legorreta


Mara Miller

Carrier & Company

Lee Mindel


Richard Mishaan

Richard Mishaan Design

Janice Parker

Janice Parker Landscape Architects

Ben Pentreath

Ben Pentreath Ltd.

Thomas Pheasant

Thomas Pheasant

Suzanne Rheinstein

Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates

Alan Ricks

MASS Design

Brian Sawyer

Sawyer Berson

Pamela Shamshiri

Studio Shamshiri

Matthew Patrick Smyth

Matthew Patrick Smyth

Madeline Stuart

Madeline Stuart

Suzanne Tucker

Tucker & Marks

Paul Whalen

Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Paul Wiseman

The Wiseman Group

Contact Us

To learn more about Membership contact Sydney Gemes.

To learn more about Partnership contact Ron Tumpowsky.