Laura combines a rare blend of attributes that lends a spirit of collaboration and stewardship to her work. She enjoys the exploration and discovery of the unique characteristics of each project and is dedicated to pursuing the highest levels of sustainability to build thriving communities. Laura’s noteworthy projects include the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, the first Living Building and LEED Platinum certified building in the world. In 2019, she co-authored a book with BNIM founders, Bob Berkebile and Steve McDowell, around the Omega Center titled FLOW: In Pursuit of a Living Building. She also played a major role in the award-winning 2019 COTE Top Ten project for Asilong Christian High School in West Pokot, Kenya.
Laura is heavily involved in various AIA committees and was appointed to serve a three-year term on the AIA National Strategic Council as a representative of the Central States Region and elected Council Liaison to the Young Architects Forum (YAF) in 2019. She leads the imaginative, hard-working, and thoughtful design leaders whose collective goal is to Transform Architecture Education, Professional Development, and The Next Big Thing, which includes sub-groups covering XR technology, innovative business models, and more.
Laura was recognized as the 2019 Architect of the Year in acknowledgment of her contributions to the industry, her environmental stewardship, and her humanitarian efforts.