Demonstrated Leadership – RDG Welcomes Two New Principals

We recently had the pleasure of elevating and recognizing key individuals; great people making an investment in the future of our firm. They include advancements in ownership with six new stockholders, six new partners, five new senior partner and two new principals.

Please meet our newest principals, (left to right), David B. Dahlquist and Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA who join our current leadership team. These individuals possess the expertise and the dedication to clients that enable our continued success.


David B. Dahlquist | Artist    

David is a nationally recognized public artist and teacher.  He is the Creative Director of RDG Dahlquist Art Studio, a comprehensive design and fabrication facility within RDG Planning & Design.  David helps to lead our collaborative design process and so he is part of many multi-disciplinary design teams, influencing the content, site-selection, planning and programming for a wide variety of projects.  Over the past 30 years, he has completed over 70 large-scale installations across the country.  David is a storyteller.  His work combines research and documentation, weaving together narrative and function, to integrate artwork within building architecture and the landscape.  His passion for history and nature are explored in many different materials, thoughtfully orchestrated to welcome people into a meaningful experience.  Recipient of the Governor’s Art Award for Career Excellence and Innovation, he has contributed to special places that encourage people to remember and return. Projects like the “From Here to There”: High Trestle Trail Bridge Public Art in Madrid, IA and the “weight of your heart / the weight of a feather”: Public Art in Leawood, KS are examples of his thoughtful and creative perspective.



Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA| Architect

Mitch returned to RDG in 2017, after 24 years in the development and operations of skilled nursing care at Vetter Senior Living, where he developed, designed and guided the construction of over a million square feet of long-term care, short-term rehab, assisted living, and memory care environments. He brings that depth of expertise to RDG’s Senior Living Focus Market with involvement in all phases of work, especially including business development, master planning, programming, functional design, and client relations. Mitch is considered a thought leader in the development and design for senior living and serves as President of SAGE (Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments), which is a national organization in senior living.



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