LAUREN TOLBERT 

LRK
 

SAY IT LOUD - Tennessee Exhibitor

Tennessee Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Being creative is what I love and that inspires me. Also, working with youth and being able to tell the next generation, especially those that look like I do, that they can also be architects, designers, contractors, etc. inspires me.

LAUREN TOLBERT 

Bio:

Lauren is a native Memphian and has worked in LRK’s Memphis office since 2013. Her experience includes concept design, project design and construction administration for adaptive reuse, mixed-use, and multi-family projects. Lauren strives to understand the needs of LRK clients first; and then responds by providing design solutions that combine creativity, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

My 9th grade geometry teacher taught a lesson on scale and tasked us with drawing a floor plan of our dream home. I had always been interested in drawing and art and this assignment introduced me to archi- tecture as a career.

What do you do?

I help design buildings that not only revitalize com- munities but create spaces that are about the people (the inhabitants, the visitors) as much as they are about the physical structures themselves.

What excites you in the work you do?

I love being able to take an idea, a statement, a phrase from a client and help to creatively create the physical manifestation of those ideas & dreams.

 

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Being creative is what I love and that inspires me. Also, working with youth and being able to tell the next generation, especially those that look like I do, that they can also be architects, designers, contractors, etc. inspires me.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Having the opportunity to be a part of the design team for Crosstown and bringing what was thought of as an “old, abandoned eye-sore,” back to life, all while creating the largest LEED Platinum Certified historic adaptive reuse project in the world.

Featured Project Name: 

Crosstown Concourse

 

Featured Project Location: 

Memphis, TN

Featured Project Completion Date: 

August 2017

Role in Featured Project: 

Project designer, construction administration

 

Featured Project Description:

Crosstown Concourse is a 10-story “vertical urban village” that integrates residential, commercial, retail, health and wellness, arts and culture, and education. The design weaves a purposeful collection of diverse tenants and varied uses into a precedent-setting mixed-use community. Crosstown Concourse received LEED CS Platinum certification and is the largest historic adaptive reuse LEED Platinum certified project in the world.

 

Photography Credit:

03 - Aerial Innovations; 04 - LRK & Jamie Harmon; 09 & 14 - Ken West Photography; 06 - McGinn Photography

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