No two ways about it, Dominic Weilminster is an overachiever. At just 32, he was named to RNL’s Board of Directors (our youngest board member ever) as a result of the exceptional design leadership and forward thinking he has demonstrated since joining the firm.
Since joining RNL in 2008, Dominic has established himself as one of the firm’s strongest young design leaders, working as a project designer for a number of project types and scales, including domestic higher education, civic, corporate, and international urban design work. His ability to both lead and inspire led to his election to the RNL Board of Directors in 2014, where he provides strategic insight to enhance the connection between RNL leadership, and emerging professionals and practice trends.
As RNL’s Civic Market Lead, Dominic’s design approach is deeply focused on the human experience. Making beautiful places is at the heart of what we do, but when that beauty allows someone to enjoy life a little more, Dominic believes our work can become transcendent. The passion and talent he brings to projects shows in the award-winning work he has produced at RNL, including Colorado and Western Mountain Region Design Awards, an IIDA Best Award and the 2013 ISOCARP International Planning Award. Recent notable projects include the CDOT Headquarters/Region 1 Office, Denver Human Services Eastside Facility, the Changxing Island masterplan near Dalian, China, renovation of the University of Colorado Denver School of Architecture and Planning, and the Metropolitan State University of Denver Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center. Dominic’s peers in the AIA Colorado Chapter also recently recognized his talent, naming him the 2016 Emerging Professional of the Year. Even as a grad student, Dominic was a standout student and was conferred the 2009 Henry Adams Medal – a distinction awarded to the top architecture graduates nationally. (Like we said, the guy is an overachiever in the best way!)
Prior to pursuing architecture, Dominic worked as education reporter for the Durango Herald and the Rocky Mountain News. After racking up a number of journalism awards for reporting on human resilience in the face of inequity, Dominic went on to pursue his passion for architecture, earning a master’s from the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver in 2009. He credits a summer spent in Turkey during his studies, and seeing places that have been operating in roughly the same manner for 800 years with giving him better perspective on resilience and the impact of the built environment on the human experience. Dominic loves the outdoors and says his perfect day is spent in the mountains with a pair of skis on his feet, the sun in the sky, and nothing but the sounds of nature and fresh snow all around.