Lawrence began to sharpen his knowledge and expertise while working at Hughes Aircraft Company, Radar Systems Group designing aerospace mechanical components. Throughout his long career, Lawrence utilized his mechanical design skills for many other companies including General Atomics and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
During his tenure with JPL, Lawrence worked on significant projects such as the Cassini spacecraft that orbited Saturn, and the highly publicized Mars Exploration twin rovers. Currently, Lawrence is an independent business owner focused on architectural and mechanical design projects.
Lawrence was recognized as Member of the Year by NOMA, National Organization of Minority Architects in 2011. As a stellar member in the Los Angeles (LA) Chapter, Lawrence was honored to lead the LA NOMA Summer Camp as Director for 2011, 2012 and 2015, part of the organization’s “Project Pipeline Initiative”.
Lawrence received his B.A. degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills and resides in greater Los Angeles with his family.
As a Charter Member of the USC Student Chapter of NOMA, I have been involved with NOMA since 1990. I often reflect on how the professional members at that time helped us, by reviewing our final project each semester two weeks before making our final design presentation for a grade. Now, I am equally committed to helping the next generation of African-American & underrepresented youth discover this unique field that allows you to earn a decent living, while leaving a legacy of improving our community.
After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning and Architecture from The University of Southern California in 1995, I have had a successful career at notable Southern California architecture firms. I have worked as a architectural project manager on many schools for Los Angeles, Pasadena (for Past President of LA Chapter, Charles Bryant), and the Ontario-Montclair Unified School Districts. I have also worked on several restaurant and hospital projects, including Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for the County of San Bernardino.
Today, my company, Urban Design Studios, LLC (www.urbandesignstudios-llc.com) offers commercial & residential design, project management, space planning, BIM model rendering and construction document (blueprint) services.
Dwayne Johnson is of D Line Ink. D Line Ink is a comprehensive design group, providing programming, planning and design services for residential, public, private and commercial projects. We use the latest in technology to develop successful projects by offering the client cost effective production and scheduling that will coincide with the client’s vision and budget.
Through the guidance and mentoring of one of the few black pioneer designers and architects in California, Lester O. Bankhead has influenced me and many other professionals. It is because of his outstanding vision, integrity and work ethic has transcended optimal services in the building industry.
SoCalNOMA Summer Camp Program/ Curriculum Coordinator
Originally from Houston, Texas, Janiece Williams graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University in 2010. After graduation, she decided to take a leap of faith and move to Los Angeles, CA. where she began working with HansonLA Architecture. Throughout her 4 years at HansonLA, she gained much experience in production and management of various project types throughout Los Angeles including single-family and multi-family residential, commercial and mixed-use. She is currently a Job Captain for KTGY Group, Inc. Architecture + Planning and is interested in becoming a project manager in the near future.