LRS Bolsters Design Team with New BIM Hires, Leticia Lopez Cushnie and Matthew Salazar

LRS Architects, a firm that values innovation, creativity, and collaboration, is excited to welcome its newest Building Information Modeling (BIM) Managers, Leticia Lopez Cushnie and Matthew Salazar, to the firm. Both specialists will work out of the firm's Portland office. Their expertise and problem-solving skills will help LRS continue to provide tailored services to clients, construction projects, and design implementation.

"We are thrilled to welcome Leticia and Matthew to the firm," says Paul Boundy, Managing Principal at LRS. "Bringing in individuals with unique skill sets that complement our team helps us deliver the technical expertise our clients demand."

Lopez Cushnie has worked on projects such as mixed-use/office buildings, hospitals, educational labs, and cultural centers. Her enthusiastic problem-solving skills and comprehensive understanding of design and construction will provide solutions that protect the integrity of design intent throughout a project's lifespan. She enjoys tackling various projects that enable her to collaborate and interact with other team members. Lopez Cushnie approaches her positions with a solutions-based mentality, allowing her to focus on different aspects of design and technology for the betterment of the client's end goals. Her technical proficiency resides in Revit, BIM360, ReCap, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Navisworks, Enscape, Bluebeam, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston.

"LRS has built a local and national reputation for its design work, and I couldn't be more excited to join a team dedicated to creativity, innovation, and collaboration," says Lopez Cushnie. "My strengths augment well with the team, and I can't wait to start helping clients achieve their project goals."

Salazar's creativity, enthusiasm, and technical acumen will help LRS facilitate more robust detailing of project elements through software implementation, conceptual design, design development, program analysis, and schematic design. He thrives in collaborative environments where his affable personality enables transparent communication of project goals, priorities, and problems. Salazar's passion lies in high-rise architecture, urban design, public transit, and technology. He is proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, Bluebeam, BIM360, Dynamo, Enscape, Excel, Google Earth, Grasshopper, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Lumion, Newforma, Navisworks, Orkestra, Plannerly, Photoshop, Procore, PyRevit, Python, Rhino, SketchUp, Smartsheet, Speclink, and UNIFI. He received his Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

"Joining LRS is an exciting step for me," says Salazar. "The firm's culture aligns with my love of people, sharing stories, learning new information and solving problems that require outside-of-the-box thinking. I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues and helping provide our clients with elite services."

About LRS Architects

LRS Architects is a majority women owned architecture and interior design firm with offices in Portland and Bend, Oregon. Founded in 1976, the award-winning practice is driven by a passion for thoughtful design that goes beyond aesthetics to create vibrant communities and spaces that support the well-being of those who inhabit them. With over 135 design professionals, the firm is committed to partnering collaboratively with clients to positively shape the human experience through the physical environment. The diversity of the firm's project experience provides a broad perspective and proven expertise in design, problem-solving, documentation, and project delivery methods. The firm's work, while centered in the Pacific Northwest, is found throughout the United States in over 30 states, as well as in China, Canada, and Nicaragua. Recognized with dozens of awards, the practice's work has been featured in hundreds of publications, including Architect, Fast Company, ENR, and Office Snapshots, among many others. lrsarchitects.com

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