Paul Westlake, Jr., FAIA

Paul Westlake is a Senior Principal and Global Performing Arts and Cultural Leader for DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky. His experience includes over 30 years as an architect and designer specializing in visual and performing arts and other cultural arts facilities for significant professional, community, and academic clients. In fact, he has had personal involvement in the study, renovation, or design of approximately 250 cultural venues nationally and internationally. Over the course of his career, he has had many opportunities to work with academic clients, including well-respected colleges, universities, and private secondary educational institutions, on programs from visual arts, music, dance, and theater to digital media, film and broadcast, and communications. The designs Paul created for these institutions acknowledge academic traditions, while embracing new modes of learning and technological advancements, often facilitating, through design, opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration that can enhance learning and performance. Recently, he has worked with such notable institutions as Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (campus master plan and implementation), Pennsylvania State University (College of Arts and Architecture master plan), University of Nevada - Reno (fine arts and music addition), and George Mason University (visual and performing arts master plan).

In New York City for eleven years as a professional actor, director, and writer, Paul worked off, and off-off Broadway, in regional theaters, and in several films and television shows. He has written four original plays and several adaptations (including an updated, musical version of Lysistrata for which he also wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the music).  Paul has maintained his professional career since entering academia, most recently performing the role of “Reverend Wilson” in a staged reading in New York City of a new musical, The Life and Hard Times of Hester Prynne (book and score by Stephen Cheslik-deMeyer, who wrote Lizzie).  He has acted and directed for Half Moon Theatre Company and River Valley Rep, two professional theatre companies in the Hudson Valley.  On Long Island, he was the founding artistic director of Asylum Theatre Company, for which he performed and directed.  He also devised the original play, What Remains—Long Island Voices of 9/11, which toured throughout the area.

Paul received his M.F.A. in Performance from the Florida State/Asolo Conservatory of Professional Actor Training. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association  and the Screen Actors’ Guild/American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.  Professional associations include the International Conference of Fine Arts Deans, the Alliance of Arts in Research Universities, the National Conference of Arts Administrators, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.