Donald I. King, FAIA
CEO / President
As President and CEO of DKA, Donald King is responsible for the firm’s direction and business development. With over 40 years of professional experience, Donald has led the firm in the planning and design of over 400 successful projects.
As an architect, Donald is known for his strengths as a planner, programmer, and designer. His project experience includes healthcare, education, library, and community facilities, as well as affordable housing. Donald is recognized for his excellent listening skills as he gathers information from end users and community members to create culturally appropriate environments that meet his clients’ budgetary and scheduling needs.
Donald is a facilitator of the inclusive design process. He has a knack for drawing out the goals and vision of groups who often have little experience with or understanding of design and the planning process. He encourages end-user participation, resulting in environments that resonate with the practical needs and motivations of the end users.
Elected leaders have placed confidence in his ability to respond to diverse planning and design issues. As a result, Donald has been appointed to numerous civic positions and selected for roles on large project teams. His designs are a significant contribution to the continuing development of the Puget Sound region’s rich urban fabric.
Rico Quirindongo, AIA
Principal / Architect
Rico is actively engaged in his community and champions positive social change supported by our built environment. In his 15 years of professional experience, Rico has developed a keen awareness of the special requirements of nonprofit and public projects. His clients include King County Housing Authority, Department of Labor, and Seattle Public Schools. Rico’s experience in adaptive reuse can be seen in his work as architect for the Northwest African American Museum.
Rico is involved in many professional organizations. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Diversity Roundtable, is a founding member of the AIA Seattle Editorial Board for Forum Magazine, and is an incoming member of the AIA Seattle Board of Directors. Rico is a member of Tabor 100, a local African American business networking organization; is a board member of ARCADE, a journal for architecture and design in the Northwest; and is a founding member of the Northwest Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.
In 2009, Rico became an honoree of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 under 40” award program that spotlights top business leaders under the age of 40 who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership.