Edward Vidlak Named Director of Education at HDR

Edward J. Vidlak, AIA, NCARB, has been named Director of Education within HDR’s architecture practice.

Ed will be responsible for developing the firm-wide education practice at HDR, leveraging the firm’s portfolio that includes award-winning K-12, higher education and corporate education facilities. He will work with colleagues from around the world to bring forward the firm’s expertise in the design of a wide range of educational environments while looking for opportunities to transcend conventional thought about the academic campus and the student experience.

“I’m thrilled that Ed has accepted this new challenge with HDR,” shared Steve Riojas, Global Director of Education | Sciences | Tech. “He has the passion, background and commitment to partner with our clients to advance the planning and design of environments that respond to a deeper understanding of learning and teaching.”

Ed moves into this role after serving as the Central Region Director of Operations for HDR’s architecture practice. His 25-year career includes leading design and project management for several successful and award-winning projects. He has also served for more than 15 years in senior leadership and business development positions for global architecture firms.

“The opportunity to work with some of the best education clients, thought leaders, planners and designers in the industry is truly a privilege,” shared Ed. “My partners and I look forward to shaping an education practice that inspires innovation and new processes for advancing the next generation of learning environments.”  

Prior to joining HDR, Ed was a vice president for Leo A Daly, where he served in project management and project principal roles before spearheading the firm’s higher education market and helping lead its international market expansion efforts.