Charles Dalluge, Assoc. AIA, is joining DLR Group as its new president and chief operating officer. He will oversee operations for all the firm's U.S. and international operations, which includes 19 offices in the states and an office in Shanghai.

Dalluge comes to DLR Group via Leo A Daly, where he served as executive vice president. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Design Futures Council, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the Design-Build Institute of America. Dalluge also serves on the University of Nebraska Foundation's board for the College of Architecture, and he is an active leader within the AIA Large Firm Roundtable.

“I am excited to add Charles to the DLR Group leadership team. He is an accomplished and respected leader in the design industry. He adds a diverse base of experience with domestic and international partners and clients that complement DLR Group’s growth strategies,” said DLR Group CEO Griff Davenport, AIA, in a release. "His hands-on knowledge and experience in geographies and market sectors which are evolving at DLR Group make him a great addition to our leadership team."

DLR Group was named the #1 firm in the 2012 ARCHITECT 50 survey. The firm also earned high marks for its sustainability practices, its work in design and pro-bono service, and its business platform.

"I’ve watched with great interest as DLR Group evolved into a design firm that ARCHITECT magazine recognized as the #1 in the United States," Dalluge said in a release. "I look forward to partnering with Griff Davenport, the executive team, and all of the employee-owners to make DLR Group the most outstanding design firm in the industry."

Dalluge will be based in DLR Group's Phoenix office.