General, Inspiration /

Rise in the City: A Unique Blend of Creativity and Altruism

rise in the city is a unique art event created to catalyze social enterprises in Africa, featuring an artwork competition, exhibition and auction. The concept began with splitting Manhattan into 100 virtual blocks; leading artists, designers and architects were then invited to create a work of art representing a block of the city. The challenge was to get inspired by Lesotho. One could reference the white, blue and green colors of its national flag, incorporate the traditional blankets or famous Basotho hat, or even re-interpret the traditional Litema patterns that adorn Lesotho’s vernacular buildings. All proceeds from the event go towards the construction of an accommodation block for an orphanage in Lesotho. Additionally, proceeds will fund entrepreneurship training for orphanage staff to promote the development of income-generating activities and reduce aid dependency.

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People /

Lawrence Group People

Each month we are highlighting three of our employees by having them share everything from their personal motto to their favorite architect to what’s on their bucket list. We are hoping this gives you a glimpse into the people of Lawrence Group.

Micki Beucke
Associate
With Lawrence Group since 2004

Favorite Pastime
I like to cook (and eat!)

Personal Motto
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

On My Bucket List
To design my own house and live in it.

Favorite Thing About Lawrence Group
The ability to be who you want to be within the organization.

 

Danielle Krueger
Designer
With Lawrence Group since 2012

Favorite Pastime
Music and more music. Love (almost) everything – from Reggae to EDM to Blues to Classic Rock.

Inspiration
Traveling – experiencing new cities, cultures, people, and ways of life.

On My Bucket List
Go scuba diving with sharks.

Favorite Thing About Lawrence Group
The people and our hand in this city and community.

 

Becky Egan
Principal
With Lawrence Group since 2000

Most Proud Of
My two boys, Kieran (14) and Cameron (11) who help me see the world through their eyes.

Personal Motto
“If you always do what you always have done, the results will never change.”

On My Bucket List
My favorite past time is traveling to new destinations to see different cultures, experience their food, way of living, architecture, artwork, and history. So, the #1 thing on my bucket list is to travel with my family to all of the continents of the world. Two down, five to go.

Favorite Thing About Lawrence Group
I love that LG contributes to making a positive difference in St. Louis and our region. It’s inspirational and very cool to take projects (everything from hospital lobbies, corporate offices, to forgotten properties) and to see them be transformed into spaces that have new life and lift the human spirit. I also love the strength and depth of our design team and the open-door (all for one/one for all) culture that promotes sharing ideas and helping each other when questions arise or we have deadlines.

People /

Lawrence Group People

Each month we are highlighting three of our employees by having them share everything from their personal motto to their favorite architect to what’s on their bucket list. We are hoping this gives you a glimpse into the people of Lawrence Group.

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People /

Lawrence Group People

Each month we are highlighting three of our employees by having them share everything from their personal motto to their favorite architect to what’s on their bucket list. We are hoping this gives you a glimpse into the people of Lawrence Group.

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Architecture, General /

Drones and Architecture: Becoming Certified to Fly

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or more commonly referred to as “drones,” are a somewhat new and emerging technology, especially in the field of architecture. As prices of this technology fall while its features and capabilities increase, we are starting to see the benefit of being able to utilize UAS’s in house. As with most emerging technology, the rules and regulations surrounding drones are relatively new, especially when you are dealing with something as controversial as a flying camera. Part of dealing with some of the red tape surrounding commercial drone use is gaining your Part 107 certification.

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General, Inspiration /

Four Tips for a Fun Social Media Launch Party

Lawrence Group recently launched its Instagram account and celebrated with a company launch party to get people excited and on board to share their behind-the-scenes project details, silly moments and an overall glimpse into what makes the culture and work of Lawrence Group unique. Our team threw a space-themed launch party for the start of our blog in 2015, and we wanted to top the level of excitement among employees for our second go-around. The “InstaParty” successfully launched our new Instagram account. Here are some tips I recommend for marketing teams looking to boost internal excitement and engagement when it comes to new social media for their company:

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General, Inspiration /

For the Love of Craft: A Trip Through the Legacy of George Nakashima

New York City, 7:00 AM, the 2-hour road trip ahead of us would allow plenty of time to soak in the gradual transition from the Manhattan skyline to the rural landscape of eastern Pennsylvania. Watching the sun climb behind our white Suburban (which had become our mobile office for the day) we exited the Lincoln Tunnel and turned our conversation and thoughts to what lay ahead; the town of New Hope and home of woodworker, George Nakashima.

Everyone can remember the first time they heard about the work of George Nakashima. For some, this is in the trenches of design school, for others it is through curious self-initiated investigation, and for many this introduction is given in moments of serendipity over a dinner table or chance encounter with one of Mr. Nakashima’s wooden masterpieces. For almost everyone though, the name “George Nakashima” brings to mind a remarkable design heritage and a seemingly endless wealth of timeless inspiration. For the nine of us in our fully loaded SUV, a rare opportunity for a private tour of the Nakashima Foundation was a long-awaited adventure.

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Interior Design, Projects /

Reimagining the Working Environment with Cushman & Wakefield

Lawrence Group recently partnered with Cushman & Wakefield to complete their newly renovated 46,000-square-foot Portfolio Service Center situated next to the Maryville University campus in Town & Country, Missouri. The 6th floor suite boasts spectacular views of luscious trees, a lake and walking trails; numerous amenities; and modern finishes. The Cushman & Wakefield brand is reflected throughout the space as it fosters both a “work, live, play” culture and the firm’s forward-thinking vision.
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Projects /

The Business Behind Elevating National Brands

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a few members of our commercial team to discuss the history, projects, challenges and opportunities associated with performing work for large-scale, national clients. The conversation proved fascinating as I witnessed first-hand the extensive relationships, vast and broad-reaching portfolio, and signature jovial demeanor for which this group is best known. A recap of my conversation – excluding the fact that Kerry is a bourbon drinker – is outlined below. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed hearing it!

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