Gareth Ratti Graduates from AIA Virginia’s Emerging Leaders Program

Gareth Ratti, Clark Nexsen

Gareth Ratti graduated from AIA Virginia’s award-winning Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program at the ArchEx East conference in November. Conceived of and led by a passionate steering committee of successful architects, the program was designed to share the things they wished they had learned in architecture school with younger architects. The program also provides networking opportunities on a peer level and with senior level managers and company owners. The Class of 2017 ELA graduates participated in sessions focused on developing essential skills like financial management, communication and negotiation, and advocacy and public service.

“The ELA sessions broke down topics like ethics and management in ways that were engaging and informative,” Gareth comments. “I gained a lot of knowledge that I could take back and apply to my work environment.”

Gareth is an architect in our Virginia Beach office and a member of our Tech Studio, a group that explores technology innovations to enhance design and operations. He joined Clark Nexsen in 2008 as an architectural intern and received his AIA licensure in 2015. He is also a registered architect and a registered interior designer.

With experience in our federal, higher education, and commercial markets, Gareth has contributed to projects ranging from $250,000 up to over $100 million dollars. He is a passionate and enthusiastic designer who looks for opportunities to push boundaries and capture people’s imaginations. He brings a global perspective to his work, hailing from the United Kingdom with professional experience in Britain, Sydney, and the United States. He is involved in local community programs including Canstruction, Wave City Care, and Recovery for Life. As an emerging leader, Gareth currently serves on the AIA Hampton Roads board of directors.