Integrated Sustainable Design

Principal Spotlight: Steve Flanagan

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.

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Topics: sustainble design, Steve Flanagan, Higher Education Design, LPA 50

It's All in the Details: Corporate Interior Design Round-Up

Posted by Karen Thomas on Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Flexible spaces, strong graphics and signage and strategically selected products all work together to make your corporate space your own and a reflection of your company. Here's a round-up of interior design trends in action:

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Topics: Karen Thomas, Office Design, Office Interiors, Interior Design, Corporate Facilities

The Long and Winding Road to Becoming an Architect

Posted by Albert Lam on Thu, Jul 09, 2015

This story is about a journey that has taken more than half my lifetime to traverse. Last month, I officially became an architect licensed to practice architecture in the state of California. This is a tremendous burden off my shoulders and a definite source of pride. Now—after eight exams, three years of internships, five years of college and nearly eight years of real-life job experience at LPA—I can formally call myself an architect.

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Topics: California Architecture, Albert Lam, Architecture, Architectural Design

Principal Spotlight: Mark Oppelt

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Jul 02, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.

Mark Oppelt, AIA / REFP/ LEED AP


LPA San Antonio

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Topics: K-12 School Design, Sustainable Design, LPA50, Mark Oppelt

The Possibilities for Drought-Tolerant K-12 School Landscape Design

Posted by Andrew Wickham on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Last month, I had the honor of presenting at a workshop concerning California’s drought and the impending water restrictions. The workshop—put on as a joint effort between the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and Schools Energy Coalition (SEC)—was focused on helping K-12 school districts understand what the implications from California’s mandatory water reductions would be and to arm them with some tools and strategies to meet those reductions. The first half of the workshop focused on background information about the drought, Governor Brown’s executive order and which entities are being affected by the executive order. The second half of the workshop brought together a panel of mostly school district facility directors and myself to provide some real-world case studies that show how a school district might reduce its landscape water use.

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Topics: K-12 School Design, Landscape Architecture, K-12 Schools, Sustainable Design Practices

The Talent Revolution and Demand for Creative Workspaces

Posted by Karen Thomas on Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Attract & Retain

No matter the business, corporate leaders and commerce visionaries share a similar challenge: the ability to attract and maintain top talent. Thought leaders and industry pioneers are looking at creative workspaces as a physical expression of their business ethos and a vital tool in the pursuit of meaningful talent. Crafting a space that supports the mind shift of the progressive workforce, requires a transformation in the way corporate facilities support people and the organizational process.  

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Topics: Karen Thomas, Office Workspace, Patrick McClintock, Corporate Facilities, Corporate Branding Strategy

LPA University: Cultivating Trust in Healing Environments

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Fri, Jun 05, 2015

A crucial element in every healthcare organization is trust. Healthcare services which address pivotal life moments for patients and caregivers can make or break a person’s confidence in their provider. Consequently, healthcare designers have a tremendous opportunity to channel these impactful life moments into positive experiences with elevated consumer confidence.

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Topics: Healthcare Facility Design, LPA Healthcare, Healthcare Interior Design, LPA University

Principal Spotlight: Glenn Carels

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Fri, May 29, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.
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Topics: Sustainable Design, Glenn Carels, Higher Education Design, LPA 50

3 Steps for Sustainable Landscape Architecture

Posted by Richard Bienvenu on Thu, May 21, 2015

Water is a scarce resource, and it’s especially relevant in California. However, a well-designed, water-efficient landscape design should always be a consideration regardless of location. A water-conscious, sustainable landscape is easily achievable, and the options for native and drought tolerant plants far exceed cacti and succulents. Here are three tips that will help you in creating a sustainable landscape that saves water and improves the aesthetics of your property:

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Topics: water conservation, sustainble design, Landscape Architecture, Landscape, Boerne Champion High School, Bixby Land Company

Educational Design for the Next Generation of Innovators

Posted by Kate Mraw on Thu, May 07, 2015

Last month, Emily Koch and I were honored to present at the CEFPI Southern Regional Conference in San Antonio. We arrived late the night before from a week-long workshop which centered on designing Learning Environments for Tomorrow (LEFT), hosted by Harvard’s Graduate Schools for Education and Design. After long days of design-thinking activities and thought-provoking conversations, the CEFPI conference was quite timely and a perfect venue to continue the conversation. We were able to share not only parts of what we had learned over the last week, but also to share our own research and insights on educational design.

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Topics: K-12 School Design, schools and classrooms, K-12 School Architecture, CEFPI, Emily Koch, 21st century schools, Kate Mraw

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