Lehrer Architects (LA) of Los Angeles and Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL) formed LAWRL to pursue select projects, while leveraging the complementary experience and talents of each award-winning firm to benefit the project. (300 Awards) Lehrer Architects, in continuous practice since 1985, is a well established, 20-person architectural studio in Los Angeles with a reputation for agile, spirited design of primarily community projects in southern California. WRL is a larger, multi-disciplinary firm with 166 professional staff in five offices across the country and an award-winning, diversified portfolio of new construction and renovation projects of varied scale, building type and geography. The firm was founded in 1905 and has been in continuous practice since then.
LAWRL offers greater depth of design talent and a comprehensive list of design services: architecture, interiors, energy modeling, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and structural engineering, data transport and telecommunications technology, audio visual, theatrical, lighting, security, historic preservation, tax credits consultation, sustainable design and enhanced commissioning.
LAWRL formalizes the long-standing professional collaboration and relationship between managing principals Paul E. Westlake, Jr., FAIA and Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA. Their close working association began in their academic work at Harvard Graduate School of Design over thirty years ago. Westlake and Lehrer have in common powerful affinities to design and to materializing design ideas as built work, characteristics that define their firms. The two collaborated on several projects following graduation, including an early AIA-award winning design in Florida. WRL shares studio space with Lehrer in Los Angeles and as LAWRL are working together on projects throughout California, including the zero net energy, LEED Platinum anticipated, San Angelo Community Center, Keck Institute for Space Studies at CalTech, Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC and most recently the new Orchestra Rehearsal Hall for the USC Thornton School of Music.
LAWRL and its design team believe that design is a collaborative process and we encourage client participation in all phases of project development. Our team offers strength and recent experience in dealing with multi-user groups.
In addition, our firm is adept at integrating with constructors and owners for effective project delivery. Our experience working with construction managers and institution clients has given us years of practice in coordinating the diverse needs of multiple stakeholders in any given project. As design professionals, it is part of our job to allow each voice to be heard in the design process and to coordinate the needs of all involved.