Roland Lemke, AIA, LEED AP

D.C. Office Practice Leader
Design Principal


Everything can be viewed as a design problem. Whether you’re engaging with a client team, building internal teams or strategizing a new opportunity, the optimal solution will likely be discovered through the design-thinking process. That’s Roland’s approach as a design principal and the leader of our D.C. office.

When Roland joined CannonDesign more than 25 years ago, he brought a budding passion for student life. With expertise spanning athletic facilities, recreation centers, student unions and wellness hubs, Roland is an expert at designing spaces driven by programming. He has a passion for collaborating with clients to understand their needs and design drivers, then building a physical space that prioritizes functionality and looks great from the outside in and the inside out. Leveraging his knowledge of designing spaces integral to the student experience, Roland challenges his teams to be strong partners to clients eager to shape the campus of the future.

A few clients and collaborators

  • Episcopal High School
  • University of Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • Old Dominion University


  • Student life
  • Sports and wellness
  • Independent schools
  • Client engagement
  • Design ingenuity

Feels proud of

  • The opportunity to be part of the firm’s evolution into a Living-Centered Design practice
  • Being a proud family man and a first-generation trailblazer