Leadership

GUND Partnership is an architectural and planning practice led by a team of principal architects who have worked together for more than two decades. In 2004, the firm changed its name from Graham Gund Architects to GUND Partnership, reflecting the design leadership of this core group and the collaborative culture of the firm.

Graham Gund FAIA, LEED AP
President

Graham Gund founded the firm that bears his name in 1971. His work has received wide critical acclaim and professional recognition, and has brought the firm more than 130 awards for design excellence. Graham was educated at Kenyon College and pursued postgraduate study at the Rhode Island School of Design. He earned a Master of Architecture and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In addition, he holds several honorary degrees. Graham is active in New England’s cultural arts and architecture communities. He is a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Institute of Contemporary Art, a former director of the Boston Society of Architects, and a former chairman of the Boston Foundation for Architecture. On a national level, he is as member of both the National Committee on Design and the distinguished College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, and serves as a trustee of the National Building Museum, as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Graham is a frequent lecturer and speaker and has written and published extensively on architecture and the arts.

David Zenk AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal

David Zenk joined GUND in 1994 and was made an Associate in 1999 and a Principal in 2015. He specializes in the design of academic facilities, and has worked on several of the firm’s most significant projects including the expansion and renovation of the Thompson Library at Ohio State University and Dimond Library at the University of New Hampshire, both of which received the prestigious AIA/ALA Library Award. He oversaw a renovation and expansion of the HUB Student Union Building at Penn State University. Other significant projects include the new Horvitz Hall Studio Arts Building at Kenyon College, Rose Art Museum Lois Foster Wing at Brandeis University, and the Hathaway Brown School expansion in Shaker Heights, Ohio. David received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. He is an active member and presenter at several organizations including the Society for College and University Planning, American Library Association, and Greenbuild.

Christine Verbitzki AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal
Christine joined GUND Partnership in 1992 and is a Principal of the firm. Christine has extensive experience in programming feasibility, design and construction for many of our major college, university and independent school projects. She has been at the forefront of helping these institutions deal with the imperatives of changing pedagogies, varied learning styles and technological advancement.

Independent School experience includes the Westminster School in Connecticut, the Lawrenceville School in NJ and the Horace Mann School in NY, among many others. Her library work includes Ohio State University’s Thompson Library as well as the Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, OH. Other work includes the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.

She is a specialist at designing forums for wide stakeholder engagement, providing venues and facilitating discussion across multiple constituencies from administration and faculty to students and community residents. Christine has chaired the ALA/American Institute of Architects Library Award jury, has been a panelist at the Library Journal’s Design Institute, a workshop leader at the Society of College and University Planners and sits on the Designer Selection Panel for the Massachusetts School Building Authority focusing on Pre-K through12 public schools.
Stephen P. Dadagian AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate
Stephen joined GUND Partnership in 1993 and developed an expertise in educational design particularly for independent schools. He left GUND for a period to manage his own architecture firm. In 2017 Stephen rejoined GUND Partnership as a Senior Associate. With over 25 years of experience in the educational market, Steve will manage design and planning for independent school and higher education projects.

Stephen’s work at GUND includes the Crawford Campus Commons at the Episcopal Academy, the Pierce Dining Hall at Kenyon College, the Friends’ Central School Science Center in Philadelphia; and the Taft School Hockey Rink in Connecticut.
Meng Howe Lim AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate
Meng Howe has worked on the design of several of the firm’s most significant projects including the award-winning National Association of Realtors Building in Washington, D.C., the expected LEED Gold-certified Service Credit Union Headquarters in Portsmouth, N.H., the new Senior Living Community, South Franklin Circle in Ohio, and a new town center for EuroDisney outside of Paris, France. He is currently serving as project manager for a new Performing Arts Building at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Meng Howe has played a major role in the firm's cultural, academic, hospitality and commercial projects. Recent experience includes the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Visitor Center in Nashville, Tenn., the new Studio Arts Building at University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Fannie Cox Center for Science, Math and Technology at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Penn., a new eco resort in Winter Harbor, Maine, the award-winning Hotel Celebration for Walt Disney Imagineering in Celebration, Fla., the Waverly at Lake Eola in Orlando, Fla., and the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust Headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.

Meng Howe Lim joined the firm in 1995. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he received the First Place in the Felicia Clark Wateredge Civic Design Competition. He also received an Aga Khan Research & Travel Grant to conduct an urban design research in Cairo, Egypt. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. Meng Howe also promotes in-house educational opportunities and coordinates the firm’s weekly design reviews.
F. Daniel Rutledge AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate
Dan Rutledge specializes in academic and student life facility planning and design and has led the firm's most significant athletic and recreational projects. He is currently the Project Architect of renovations and expansion to Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University and of a major renovation to Duke Hall, the home to Studio Art and Art History at James Madison University. He recently managed the award-winning Kenyon Athletic Center at Kenyon College and the award-winning Newton North High School.

Dan joined the firm in 1985. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. A technical expert, Dan leads the firm’s internal quality control efforts. He is involved in a variety of planning and design organizations and has presented at SCUP national conferences and also at the NACUBO Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. He has served as a guest critic at MIT’s School of Architecture and is a member of the Boston Society of Architects.
Holly Miller AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate

Holly Miller joined the firm in 1998 and was made a Senior Associate in 2016. She has been a key design leader for the firm’s higher education projects, managing the new Oechsle Center for Global Education at Lafayette College and construction of the award-winning Peirce Hall, Kenyon College’s main dining facility. More recently she oversaw the North Campus Housing student residences at Kenyon College. Other significant projects include the Burton Morgan Building and Campus Commons project at Denison University. Holly earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She participates and has presented at several organizations, including the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference, No Name Facility Planners Conference, and the National Association of College and University Food Services. She serves as a mentor for the young staff at GUND, sharing her experiences in the design field with new employees of the firm.

Yoo Jin Chung
Associate
Yoo Jin joined GUND Partnership in 2005 and has specialized in visual and performing arts facilities and libraries for higher education clients, with a special emphasis on master planning and programming. She has worked on all of the firm’s college and university arts projects since joining the firm. Her most recent projects include Duke Hall for Art, Design and Art History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and an Arts and Media Study for Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. Most recently she has been working on the new library for Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. She brings significant expertise in the technical planning issues relevant to campus facilities, and implements rigorous planning methodologies, programming, and benchmarking tools. She received a Bachelor of Arts, Design of the Environment and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Doris Nelson
Associate
Ms. Nelson is the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for financial management and reporting at both corporate and project levels. She is an integral member of the design team and works closely with project managers in the development of budgets, and in monitoring the financial health of every project. Her duties include direct overview of all accounting and human resource functions, and management of the administrative staff.

Ms. Nelson has been with the firm more than three decades, is a trustee of the company’s pension and 401(k) plans, and a member of the Management Advisory Committee.