Competition Management

Donald J. Stastny FAIA FAICP FCIP
Competition Manager

Donald J. Stastny FAIA FAICP FCIP has been a practicing architect, urban designer and process facilitator for over forty years, rebuilding communities physically and culturally. Using design as a comprehensive and strategic tool, he works toward elevating the public's understanding and expectations of architecture locally, nationally, and internationally. Don is recognized as one of the preeminent competition advisors and managers in North America. Providing a stewardship role in design competitions, he “designs” opportunities for architects to create outstanding architecture. In 1980, he conducted his first Design Competition for Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, creating a process that was published in the 1988 AIA Guidebook for Architectural Competitions and has become a national model. Additionally, he authored The Design Excellence Program Guide: Building a Legacy for the U.S. General Services Administration. Among the more than 50 design/designer selection processes he has managed, Don has assisted the U.S. Department of State in the design delivery of five embassies in Berlin, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Beijing and London. He has evolved design and design/build competition processes into an art form protecting the designer from exploitation and initiating collaboration between architects, Planners, landscape architects and artists ‐ and raising the public’s expectation of design. Don has been honored by his peers with his election to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Canadian Institute of Planners/Institut Canadien des Urbanistes. He was awarded the 2006 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region’s Medal of Honor and the 2009 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.

Jennifer Mannhard AICP LEED AP
Competition Project Manager

Jennifer Mannhard AICP LEED AP is a senior urban Planner and project manager. With education and experience in architecture, Planning, and real estate development, Jennifer brings a truly integrated approach to projects. Over the past seven years Jennifer has worked with Don Stastny to execute high‐profile and complex design competitions, serving as project manager for such competitions as the Transbay Transit Center and Tower Design and Development Competition in San Francisco and the National Museum of African American History and Culture Design Competition for the Smithsonian Institution. She manages the exchange of information between competitors and sponsors, develops the competition materials, and ensures successful coordination and execution of the competition processes. A professional Planner, Jennifer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional.