Two Newly-Created Leadership Positions Appointed at LPA Inc.

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The two new positions will keep LPA’s integrated design practice focused on two significant components of the firm’s culture: people and projects.

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Both Carels and Rogers started at LPA as interns and have accomplished several successes in each of their careers.

Both Glenn Carels and Wendy Rogers are talented designers and understand the importance of excellence in all phases of what we do as an integrated team.

LPA, Inc., one of the largest integrated design firms based in California, has announced two newly-created leadership positions. Wendy Rogers, FAIA has been named Chief Talent Officer and Glenn Carels, FAIA has been named Chief Design Officer.

In 2014 and 2015, there were several changes within the firm including the addition of the healthcare studio, opening new offices in San Jose and San Antonio and the employee growth exceeding 20 percent—it became evident that the firm’s organization needed to evolve as well. As the company marks its 50th year, these two new positions will help structure and guide the firm into the future.

“The single most important issue regarding resources at a design firm is having talented people in every role through the entire project process,” said LPA President Dan Heinfeld, FAIA. “Both Glenn Carels and Wendy Rogers are talented designers and understand the importance of excellence in all phases of what we do as an integrated team. These roles will keep the firm focused on maintaining our brand and recruiting and retaining strong talent.”

In the role as Chief Talent Officer, Rogers will be responsible for the recruitment of new talent as well as the oversight of career development. As Chief Design Officer, Carels will be responsible for exploration and development of the firm’s unique brand of integrated sustainable design solutions. These two roles were created to strengthen two valuable components of LPA's future: the people and the projects.

Both Carels and Rogers started at LPA as interns and have accomplished several successes in each of their careers—Rogers is a leader in K-12 school design and Carels is a leader in higher education design. Both joined the prestigious ranks of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellowship only a year apart in 2013 and 2014.

During her 28-year architectural career, Rogers has been recognized with more than 35 national, state and component AIA awards for her design work with K-12 schools; in addition to serving on the U.S. Green Building Council of Orange County (USGBC-OC) and AIA’s Orange County chapter in various leadership roles.

“LPA is a great company because of our people,” said Rogers. “I’m extremely honored to be appointed to this position and foster a culture where we evolve how we both teach and learn every day. Every aspect of a career at LPA is exciting and will result in team members making a real difference in our built environment.”

Along with a 30-year architectural career, Carels has racked up an impressive 61 national, state and component AIA awards for his design work over the years, in addition to serving the AIA’s Orange County chapter in various leadership roles.

“Integrated design is a team effort,” explained Carels. “It has been a privilege to always be part of a great team of people. I am humbled by this new firm wide opportunity to once again collaborate with a group of extremely capable designers in discovering innovative ways to enhance people’s lives through sustainable and meaningful design.”

About LPA, Inc.
Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 280 employees with offices in San Antonio and Irvine, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose, California. 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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