The Catholic University of America


Douglas Palladino


Douglas is an architect and educator with diverse experience in practice and education. He 1st taught design studio at Catholic University in 1985 and returned in the mid 90's for 2 1/2 years to teach design, photography, and a foreign studies program in Italy. He continued to serve as visiting critic and on design juries for academic and professional organizations.  He has lectured widely including Syracuse University, Maryland University and Virginia Tech as well as at National AIA conventions and professional events.

Prior to returning to teach at CUA, Douglas was a Principal in the Washington DC office of RTKL. During his 16 years there, he served as designer for award-winning projects around the world. Local projects include, the Headquarters for the Food and Drug Administration, a new campus for 9,000 employees, Chase Tower, a multi block commercial development, and the Brunei embassy. In 2005 his studio pioneered the use of Revit at RTKL leading the way for a firm wide adoption of BIM technology.  

He received his architectural education from Virginia Tech and the Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium, graduating with honors in 1984. His professional work includes a broad range of completed civic, institutional, office, retail, and residential projects. 

Since rejoin the faculty in 2012 Douglas has taught graduate and undergraduate design studios, graduate seminars, and advised thesis students.

Statement: "I believe that as architects, we have the responsibility to create a meaningful architecture that looks to the future, mindful of our position in a present that was crated by past generations. The question is not whether to make a building beautiful or a high performing one that positively contributes to the city and the environment. The question is how we do both! By using technology to more acutely predict the effects of our proposals and including in our design process expertise from a broad range of disciplines, we can create a new present that enhances the cultural, economic, and natural environment."