ELS Promotes Three to Principals
ELS is proud to announce the promotions of Diana Hayton, Sean K. Slater, and Jeffrey Zieba to principals. Diana, Sean and Jeff will join the executive core in leading ELS into our 47th year.
Diana Hayton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads ELS’s historic and adaptive reuse portfolio and directs the firm’s approach to integrated sustainable design strategies. She joined ELS in 1996, applying her expertise to the firm’s civic, education, performing arts, retail, recreation, and sports sectors. Diana’s recent projects include the adaptive use of the Historic Old Administration Building at Fresno City College and the Temple Sherith Israel renovation in San Francisco. Diana also guides the development and implementation of sustainable design best practices and research for all market sectors and firm operations. She is a member of the California Preservation Foundation. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in art history and bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University and a master of architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sean K. Slater, AIA, directs the firm’s retail and urban mixed-use portfolio. Sean joined ELS in 2012 after 16 years practicing architecture in Texas and Georgia. Sean’s projects involve large-scale shopping centers, mixed-use town centers, university-oriented retail destinations, and major retail center renovations both domestic and international. Sean was recently honored with the Urban Land Institute’s Apgar Award for coauthoring “New Suburbanism: Reinventing Inner-Ring Suburbs.” His recent projects include Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, California, and Mueller Town Center in Austin, Texas. Sean is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He earned his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jeffrey Zieba, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, guides the firm’s arts and entertainment portfolio. Since joining ELS in 1987, Jeff has developed particular expertise on theater projects and assembly spaces for civic, cultural, and sporting events. His recent work includes the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Uytengsu Aquatic Stadium at the University of Southern California, and the expansion of the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music. In addition, Jeff serves as one of the firm’s leading strategists in design technology and a champion of accessible design principles. Jeff is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He received his education in the bachelor of architecture program at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture.