Rob Winstead

Rob Winstead



A nationally-recognized expert in learning space planning and design as well as sustainability, Rob is an advocate for exceptional learning spaces that blend thoughtful design with high performance goals to deliver added value for clients and users. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and was named the 2018 Planner of the Year by the Virginia Association for Learning Environments. In his previous tenure with VMDO (1998-2008), Rob served as VMDO’s first Director of Sustainability and contributed to the firm’s first AIA Committee on the Environment award for the design of Manassas Park Elementary School.

As principal and K12 studio leader, Rob provides firm-wide leadership and studio management that align with VMDO’s structure as one firm with multiple studios. As a mentor and manager, Rob is committed to a collaborative, integrated, and inclusive process that complements VMDO’s relationship-based approach to developing customized solutions for clients and communities. As an active member of the design community, Rob serves in key leadership roles with organizations such as the Association for Learning Environments, the AIA’s Committee on Architecture for the Environment, and AIA Central Virginia—where he currently serves as president.

Rob’s broad portfolio of regional, national, and international work over 25 years of practice supports VMDO’s commitment to serving clients as a regional firm with national expertise. He is well known in the Mid-Atlantic for innovative and award-winning projects and for experience with zero-energy schools. His work has been recognized with numerous awards for planning, design, architecture, urbanism, and sustainability.


Master of Architecture, Harvard University, 1997

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia, 1991