LPA Inc. Announces a Series of Leadership Staff Promotions

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The integrated design firm has created a new leadership role and announced six new associates.

I am confident that their collective contribution as part of a group directing our integrated design firm will have a positive influence in shaping our continued success into the future.

LPA, Inc., one of the largest integrated design firms based in California, has announced nine promotions to its management staff while creating a new role of Principal Associate. The positions will establish a new era of leadership within the firm.

Keith Hempel, AIA and Young Min from the Irvine office, along with Patrick McClintock, IIDA from the San Jose office, have been promoted to the newly-created role of Associate Principal. Each working at LPA for more than 20 years, these three individuals have been vital to the firm’s success and growth.

“The position of Associate Principal is part of a process that we started more than two years ago while planning the future of the firm,” President Dan Heinfeld, FAIA, explained. “We focused those planning efforts on how to accomplish two primary goals: grow the practice while creating opportunities for career development for our employees as well. We know that as we grow our practice, we also need to grow the leadership of the firm. The creation of the Associate Principal position is a key component of that leadership growth.”

The responsibilities of the new role will serve as an advocate in representing the firm’s sustainable integrated design process with clients and business partners as well as provide mentorship to the staff and guide them in developing their own career path at LPA.

Additionally, the six employees promoted to Associate include: Anthony Harris (Sacramento), Lindsay Hayward (Irvine), Eric Jones (San Diego), Sam Lim (Irvine), Doug Seamark (Irvine) and Ozzie Tapia, AIA (Irvine).

“Every promotion to Associate is a special moment for both the individual and the firm,” said Principal and Chief Design Officer Glenn Carels, FAIA. “What makes this group of six new Associates unique is how they each individually introduce a complementary knowledge base into the leadership group. I am confident that their collective contribution as part of a group directing our integrated design firm will have a positive influence in shaping our continued success into the future.”

The new promotions occur after steady company growth in the first half of 2015. The firm has hired more than 50 employees since the beginning of the year. More than 40 percent of employees have been with the firm for fewer than two years.

Heinfeld stated, “We have been very fortunate in our 50-year history to have many talented and dedicated people work at LPA who share our vision of creating a very different kind of design firm. These recent promotions speak to the commitment of our people to that vision.”

About LPA, Inc.
Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 280 employees with offices in Irvine, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, California and San Antonio. The firm provides services in architecture, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering and graphics. There is no “Sustainability Director,” at LPA. Instead, nearly 70 percent of the professionals are LEED accredited, including the Human Resources Director, CFO, and several other support staff. With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges and universities to corporate and civic establishments. More than 600 major design awards attest to LPA’s commitment to design excellence. For more information, visit http://www.lpainc.com.

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