Dominique Elie

I was drawn to LMSA’s social/environmental mission.

LMSA’s focus on the nonprofit sector is unusual for architecture firms, and then it layers on environmental stewardship and high-quality design. Before I came here, I worked for the Trust for Public Land, converting school yards into community playgrounds through a participatory design process, so LMSA was a natural fit for me.

There’s not one strict identity to the place—the three principals each have their own approach, and the architects are collaborative. There isn’t an overarching brand or identity that’s being pushed on us. But there is a consistency. The firm has grown since I started, and I feel like there’s room to keep growing and changing.

Chinese American International School