Sonaly DudhekerWELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, LEED AP

Managing Director

Irvine, California

Sonaly is leading workplace interior design into the next generation, with a focus on a holistic approach that combines experiential design with an emphasis on health and well-being. A frequent speaker at industry events, she has built a reputation for moving beyond the traditional process to explore the elements of design that can make a project more sustainable, more efficient and better for the people who use the spaces.

As Managing Director of Workplace, Sonaly —who is LEED AP and WELL-AP certified, and a Fitwell Ambassador — is involved in all phases of the project, from schematic design to completion, ensuring the vision is carried throughout the project. In LPA’s collaborative, research-driven process, she works with clients to explore the blurring line between home and office, and the influences shaping productivity, wellness and employee success. She is known as a roll-up-her-sleeves leader, willing to work with all parties to support the process.

In her more than 20 years focused on interior design, Sonaly has worked on a wide variety of award-winning corporate, retail, mixed-use, hospitality and multi-family projects, building long-lasting relationships throughout the industry. She has led project teams that demonstrably increased employee engagement, collaboration and overall satisfaction, helping to develop environments that attract and retain employees and reflect the firm’s culture.

Sonaly has a special passion for working with non-profit organizations, designing spaces that support the mission and the people doing the work. She is active in several community groups, especially those that specialize in the welfare of the disadvantaged; she co-founded the Orange County chapter of OC Special Spokes, a non-profit charity that donates adaptive bicycles for children with special needs. She is an avid mentor in the industry, working with several organizations to foster growth, confidence and empowerment among young designers.