Bloomberg's DC Office Featured in Washingtonian Magazine

Mar 01, 2017

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The March 2017 issue features “DC’s 50 Great Places to Work,” examining the trend in workplaces “becoming more casual, more social – and well, more like home.”

The 1 ½ floor space was completed in 2016 to be transparent and visually accessible, with each element of the design serving to promote Bloomberg’s ethos and culture. It serves as a refinement of Bloomberg’s pervasive brand, with an overlay of design details that speak specifically to Washington’s political and business sectors.

Happy Holidays from the LSM Studio Family!

Dec 22, 2016

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We've finished wrapping up the gifts for our Santa Families to help make the holidays brighter for our community!

LSM Wins Third Good Design is Good Business Award in 13 Years

Jun 01, 2016

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The June issue of Architectural Record features Covington's Washington, DC Office - the winner of the magazine's 2016 Good Design is Good Business Award.

From the Magazine:

"LSM responded to the brief most significantly by designing 72 collaboration areas, which are organized primarily around stairs and the bridges connecting the two CityCenter office volumes. “Common spaces really drive the building,” Hester says. “You’re witnessing people engage in their work, and it’s dramatically easier to interact casually.” He adds that the high-quality programming of these spaces—such as Covington’s choice of sustainable, locally sourced food for its casual dining room and bistro—incentivize employees to congregate and spend more time inside the headquarters.

While the traditional prize of law-firm meritocracy, a private office—one for each of Covington’s 185 Washington-based partners—remains anchored to the building perimeter, LSM trimmed the dimensions of each to 180 square feet, enclosed in a glazed partition wall. The 275 associates’ offices each measure 150 square feet; Lehman Smith explains that this modularity is more adaptable to shifting work styles.

These transparent offices make partners and associates more visible to their colleagues, which bolsters a newfound sense of togetherness. Hester says he now relies on spontaneous collisions for both socializing and more professional check-ins, and Lehman Smith says, “I’ve received e-mails from senior partners saying ‘I’ve seen more people in the last week than in the last two years.’ ” The smaller private work environments also trim Covington’s local real-estate consumption by 7 percent, which will save the firm $50 million over the lease term."

<a href="http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/11714-covington-at-citycenterdc/">For more information on Covington and the Good Design is Good Business Award</a>

LSM Previously won the award in 2003 and 2013.

Carlos Cruz Diez and Covington Featured in January’s Wallpaper Magazine

Dec 11, 2015

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The January issue of Wallpaper magazine will feature imagery of the recently completed Transchromie and Physiochromie installations by Carlos Cruz Diez in Covington’s Washington, DC office. A limited edition cover by the artist will also be available for subscribers.

Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez is renowned for his work as an originator of Kinetic Art. Since 1954, the artist’s practice has centered on a sophisticated development of color theory. His research has been based on four chromatic conditions: subtractive, additive, inductive and reflected, and his body of work over the past six decades has been an exploration of the perception of color and optics in two and three-dimensional artworks. Cruz Diez’s stature as an internationally recognized artist intersects with Covington’s own prominence in the practice of law. Cruz Diez’s work also aligns with the firm’s fine art collection, which focuses on artists who are considered leaders in their respective disciplines.

The two pieces – located along Palmer Alley at CityCenterDC – provide a unique and changing experience as pedestrians pass by the shops surrounding the Office Space.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Neue Pinakothek, Munich, among many others. A resident of both Caracas and Paris, he was named a Commander of l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2002 and Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 2012. Cruz Diez’s stature as an internationally recognized artist intersects with Covington’s own prominence in the practice of law. Cruz Diez’s work aligns with the firm’s fine art collection, focusing on artists who are considered leaders in their respective disciplines.

ONE NEW LUDGATE HONORED WITH MAKE IT WORK AWARD FOR ITS PUBLIC ART PROGRAM AT TECH+DESIGN 2015 IN SAN FRANCISCO

Oct 29, 2015

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An art installation by Nika Neelova at the recently completed One New Ludgate in London was recognized by Interior Design Magazine with its inaugural Make It Work award for the best Public Art Program during its Tech+Design Conference in San Francisco.

One New Ludgate’s angular building lobby creates a beacon along Ludgate Hill Road, within sight of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Nika Neelova’s installation, entitled “A Vane a Feather a Blade a Curve an Edge a Sickle an Oar” fills in the negative space of the lobby, expanding the space through reflections in the surrounding glass, extending and connecting the lobby to the street and adjacent office spaces. The art piece is literally formed from the materials of the lobby, with cascading “blades” cast from the dust of the same stone found on the lobby floor and walls.

FOREST CITY HEADQUARTERS AND GULFSTREAM’S LONDON SALES AND DESIGN CENTER WIN AIA DC CHAPTER DESIGN AWARDS

Oct 28, 2015

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LSM is pleased to share recognition of two recent projects: Forest City Washington’s Headquarters, and a Sales and Design Center for Gulfstream in London, that both received Merit Awards for Interior Architecture from the Washington, DC chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Forest City Washington’s offices occupy the second level of the renovated historic Lumber Shed building along the Anacostia River in the Yards development. The building’s unique location and rich history guided the spatial organization and architectural expression. The original concrete structure, including the column grid and the clerestoried roof, are consistently expressed in the design of the space. “The thoughtful integration of architectural elements into the historic structure of the building results in a simple, beautifully executed solution,” noted the Awards Jury. Rooted in this history, the office space encourages connectivity within while enhancing the surrounding public environment.

The first Gulfstream Sales and Design Center outside of the United States, the London showroom provides an accessible point for clients located in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to select, customize, and purchase Gulfstream jets in a highly sophisticated environment. Every element of the compact space fosters a client-centered process; enabling them to review interior finishes and apply them to a visual representation of selected planes in a focused manner. The showroom itself exudes refinement, promotes the Gulfstream brand, and creates an unparalleled experience for its clients. The Awards Jury commented that “through its elegant detailing and refinement of materials, the space exemplifies the Gulfstream brand and experience.”

LSM VISITS LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ON CAREER DAY

Oct 27, 2015

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LSM staff members were honored to be invited to visit two area elementary schools on their recent Career Days. Andres Jaime visited the San Miguel School in Washington, DC, which serves at-risk children and Director Greg Weber was a guest at Arrowhead Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Facing questions from “How many blueprints have you drawn in your life?” to “What kind of classes should I focus on if I want to become an Architect?” the pair shared an overview of the Architecture profession and how one might become an Architect with third, fourth, and fifth graders. The students enjoyed images of notable architectural projects from around the world as well as the personalities who created them. Andres shared some of his background – finding his way from Argentina to Washington, DC – with the students at San Miguel, hoping to inspire the students to think beyond their immediate surroundings to the endless possibilities and creative potential of a career in the Architecture.

LSM Appoints Degisi Director

Mar 04, 2015

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LSM is delighted to announce the promotion of Mario DeGisi to Director.

Mr. DeGisi focuses on Design Integration and Construction Technology, specializing in complex, multi-phase, multi-year projects and adeptly leading clients through the construction process.

With 9 years of experience at LSM, he has provided leadership in the detailing and construction of significant projects such as the recently completed 420,000 offices for Covington, the renovation of The Warner at 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Doha Convention Center.

A licensed Architect in the District of Columbia, DeGisi leads LSM's National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) mentorship and supervisory program focused on training, educating, and developing emerging professionals. He also taught graduate level studios at the Corcoran College of Art.

Mr. DeGisi holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture degree from the Catholic University of America, where he often returns as a guest critic.

LSM to host art installation as part of Georgetown GLOW

Dec 08, 2014

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All of Georgetown will be aglow during the new, signature winter event celebrating the holiday season, Georgetown GLOW (December 12-14). Organized by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), the weekend includes an innovative exhibition of bold public light-art installations and lighting of major structures. The works will be on view from Friday, December 12 - Sunday, December 14 and lit nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LSM is proud to join the Georgetown BID in sponsoring a neighborhood-wide public art exhibition that will feature the work of local, regional and international artists in public and privately-owned spaces. Other key partners include Jamestown Properties, Eastbanc, Inc., The JBG Companies, and MRP Realty. The site-specific works will use light in surprising, modern and impactful ways, transforming and activating spaces in Georgetown.

“Georgetown is one of D.C.’s most historic neighborhoods and a premier destination for holiday shopping and entertainment. We want to start and cultivate an annual tradition using the power, beauty and innovation of light against the backdrop of our historic district, to create a unique experience for the community and for holiday visitors,” said Joe Sternlieb, CEO of the Georgetown BID.

The installation hosted in the atrium of LSM's above 3333 M Street office consists of moving figures projected through a translucent volume, viewed by the public below. The art is created by re:collective. The DC-based, interdisciplinary group of visual artists and designers who collaborate on experimental projects exploring various topics, including social communication, the dichotomy between language and meaning, and the relationship between the urban and suburban landscape.

K&L GATES LONDON AWARDED INSTITUTE HONOR AWARD AT 2014 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS CONVENTION

Jun 24, 2014

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The Institute Honor Awards is the profession’s highest recognition of works exemplifying excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from over 500 total submissions, LSM is one of the recipients from around the world that will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

The Institute Honor Awards Jury comments included: “There is an interesting relationship between the architecture of the building and the carefully crafted interiors. The two complement each other nicely.”

“The detailing is thoughtful and sensitive…The design is subtle, clean, spare, and strong.”

“There is a range of sleek and modern on the one hand, and very sensible, tangible detailing…on the other.”

For more information on the AIA award: <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2014/interior-architecture/kl-gates/" target="_blank">http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2014/interior-architecture/kl-gates/</a>

For more information on the K&L Gates Project: <a href="http://www.lsm.com/case-studies/k-and-l-gates/#/overview/1" target="_blank">http://www.lsm.com/case-studies/k-and-l-gates/#/overview/1</a>

LSM names Morphy Senior Director

Jan 01, 2014

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LSM is delighted to announce the promotion of Donald Morphy to Senior Director.

With over 13 years’ experience at LSM, Donald Morphy’s projects have garnered numerous awards, including the British Council for Offices “Best of the Best” award, IIDA Global Excellence award and most recently, the AIA Institute Honor award for Interior Architecture. His work includes corporate and law firm interiors as well as building public space designs for clients such as Land Securities, Brookfield, K&L Gates, Jones Day, and Covington.

As Senior Director, Morphy will collaborate directly with LSM’s Founding Partner Debra Lehman Smith and will focus on leading creative teams through schematic and design development phases.

A leader within the LSM studio, Morphy curates LSM’s Trebuchet Series, a bi-weekly internal presentation organized by staff to serve as a vehicle for broader dialogue about design and community.

Mr. Morphy holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pennsylvania State University, where he often returns as a guest lecturer and review critic.

LSM celebrates year of community outreach

Jan 01, 2014

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LSM celebrates an unprecedented year of giving back through multiple community outreach activities in 2013.

LSM’s charity efforts have continued to reflect the firm’s commitment to community. Studio members John Mansour and Erin Flynn co-chaired the D.C. Building Industry Association’s 21st Annual Community Improvement Day, assisting in the rehabilitation of a DC Public Park and Community Garden.

LSM Founder Debra Lehman Smith served as co-chair for Higher Achievement’s annual Going Places Gala, helping to raise over $1.2 million for the DC-based after-school program. Meanwhile, Partner Ron Fiegenschuh continues to support Higher Achievement, the DC-based after-school program on an ongoing basis.

Furthermore, over Thanksgiving, LSM staff donated over 570lbs of food to Martha’s Table, an initiative that works to build a better future through healthy food, affordable clothing and quality education.


LSM Studio

LSM undertakes ambitious architectural projects around the world, consistently delivering innovative design solutions using strategic thinking, analysis and investigation. Established in 1991, our studio today has 50 practitioners. We respond to global and local projects alike with a strong knowledge base and a fluid allocation of talent. The senior leadership team, guided by Debra Lehman Smith and James McLeish, provides consistent direction and support for every effort. This established group, with a longstanding history of working together, ensures clear communication and effective collaboration.

Approach

LSM provides clear, measurable value to clients in every sector. Recognizing that every project demands a uniquely tailored response, we are highly rigorous in both our exploration and implementation. We define and realize our clients' business ideals, meeting real-world needs through customized spatial solutions. Our team values the collaborative process, and the holistic product that results. These attributes are complemented by a true commitment to producing only the very best work.

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  • DLA Piper 1
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  • Hines 1
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  • Jones Day 1
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  • Jones Day 3
  • Samsung 1
  • Vornado 1
  • Vornado 2
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Awards & Honors

AIA INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, 2014

K&L Gates, One New Change, London

BRITISH COUNCIL FOR OFFICES BEST OF THE BEST NATIONAL WINNER, 2012

K&L Gates, One New Change, London

BRITISH COUNCIL FOR OFFICES FIT OUT OF WORKPLACE NATIONAL WINNER, 2012

K&L Gates, One New Change, London

BRITISH COUNCIL FOR OFFICES FIT OUT OF WORKPLACE LONDON & THE SOUTH EAST REGIONAL WINNER, 2012

K&L Gates, One New Change, London

IIDA GLOBAL EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2012

Corporate Space Large, K&L Gates, One New Change, London

ARCHITECTURAL RECORD GOOD DESIGN IS GOOD BUSINESS AWARD, 2012

K&L Gates, One New Change, London

AIA NATIONAL HONOR AWARD FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, 2009

Tishman Speyer Headquarters at Rockefeller Center

BUSINESS WEEK/ARCHITECTURAL RECORD AWARDS, 2003

Gannett Company/USA TODAY Headquarters, Washington, DC

Publications

WALLPAPER* MAGAZINE:
“CONTRACT THRILLERS”

Debra Lehman-Smith

GQ MAGAZINE:
“THE NEW VICTORIANS”

62 Buckingham Gate, London, England

WALLPAPER* MAGAZINE: “FAB 40”

General Dynamics Corporate Hangar, Washington, DC

INTERIOR DESIGN: “STRONG SUIT”

DLA Piper, Washington, DC

INTERIOR DESIGN: “HOT PROPERTY”

Tishman Speyer; New York, NY

INTERIOR DESIGN: “M STREET MODERN”

LSM Offices; Washington, DC

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