The 2017 Year's Changes at Perry Dean Rogers

This past year we have had many changes and much growth at Perry Dean Rogers.

It is with warm wishes and appreciation for years of leadership that we announce this new year the retirement of Martha Pilgreen, FAIA (President Emeritus) from Perry Dean Rogers. 


Martha has provided pivotal direction for the firm over the last 32 years, becoming a Senior Associate in 1986 and Principal in 1995. She has been in practice for over 36 years and in recognition of her contributions to the profession was elected to the AIA’s College of Fellows in 2014. During this significant career she has worked on over 50 projects with PDR, the most cherished of which include the master planning and design of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, MA, the Waidner Library at Dickinson College, PA, the master planning and design of the town center and facilities for the Hershey School in Hershey, PA, and most recently the Salem Probate & Family Court, Salem, MA. 

Her guidance and dedication to design have continued the long lineage of strong leadership at PDR built over its 95 year history. She leaves the firm in a great position for the future where her fellow Principals will look to continue to build on the high quality work and strong relationships established during Martha’s tenure.

Please join PDR in wishing Martha the best in retirement.

Earlier in the year Mark Freeman, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C assumed the position of President. He succeeds previous President Martha Pilgreen FAIA, who remained as President Emeritus. 


Mark Freeman joined PDR in 1998, was promoted to Principal in 2015, and previously served as Vice President and Director of Library Programming and Planning. Mark has led the reprogramming, concept development, and detailed planning for numerous institutions. With over 30 years of experience, Mark has worked for such clients as Florida State University, University of Massachusetts, the National Library of Medicine, the University of Arkansas, and Clark University. He has been a registered architect in the United Kingdom since 1984 (Architects Registration Board # 051537).

Helena Leclair, AIA was elected to the Perry Dean Rogers Board of Directors. 


Helena Leclair joined PDR in 2014 and became an Associate in 2016. Helena is a registered architect with over 10 years of professional experience, working with a wide range of clients from schematic design through construction. Her professional practice at PDR has included projects at  SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oneonta, and Southern New Hampshire University. 

Anne Brockelman, Ryan Senkier and Todd Shafer were named Associate Principals.


Anne Brockelman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, Director of Sustainable Design
Anne joined PDR in 2006, was promoted to Associate in 2011 and Senior Associate in 2016 with an overall of 17 years of experience in the design profession. As Director of Sustanability, Anne has led the sustainable design focus of many projects at Perry Dean Rogers, including managing the LEED administration and certification effort. 

Ryan Senkier, AIA, Associate Principal
Ryan joined PDR in 2004, was promoted to Associate in 2011 and Senior Associate in 2016. Ryan has amassed a diverse portfolio of projects that vary dramatically in size, complexity and context. This variation has allowed for the exploration and development of design at multiple scales, and provided him with valuable experience working with a wide range of constituents.

Todd Shafer, AIA, Associate Principal
Todd joined PDR in 2007, was promoted to Associate in 2011 and Senior Associate in 2016. Todd has a great deal of experience with complex projects for distinguished college and university clients. His experience in all phases of a project, from Programming and Conceptual Design, to Design and Documentation, to oversight of the Construction Phase, allows him to provide a critical understanding of the implications for the built project. 


We look forward to 2018. 


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