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Interior designer Lauren launches Rottet Studio
Oct '08
Award-winning architect Lauren Rottet, FAIA, recently launched a new, privately held, international architecture and design firm, Rottet Studio. Based in Houston, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, Scottsdale and Shanghai. A long-time Houstonian with an international reputation for excellence in design, Rottet previously was principal-in-charge of DMJM Rottet, a subsidiary of architecture-and-engineering giant, AECOM Technology Corporation.

The new firm is maintaining a “heads down,” “design as usual” style and is primarily focused on the numerous prestigious commissions already won in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Shanghai. Rottet notes the transition to an independent practice has provided new creative opportunities as well as the flexibility to craft a practice with low overhead, efficient and experienced staff and a real sensitivity to clients' needs.

“Rottet Studio delivers a unique range of design services that respond to the growing need for timeless solutions with simple, refined power,” she said. “This is as true in the corporate realm as it is in the condominium and hospitality markets. Today's leaders are looking for environments that draw attention, entice customers, and attract and retain the best talent.”

Rottet has been recognized globally as a leader and innovator in the field of interior and product design, having won every major award and accolade within her industry, including: Designer of the Year awards from both Interiors and Contract magazines; induction to Interior Design magazine's Hall of Fame; and appointment to the American Institute of Architect's prestigious College of Fellows.

“For some time I have been looking at design from a holistic perspective; that is, I have come to believe that the best possible approach to design combines architecture, craft, graphics, lighting and art into our environments,” Rottet said. “Design is not just about the one-time image of a space or a building, it is about the daily exposure to an environment that delivers the necessary objects and services, and also brings pleasure and satisfaction to the inhabitants,” she added.

The major commissions that Rottet Studio has won to-date include a number law firm offices worldwide (Rottet is considered an industry expert in law office design), corporate offices for some of the world's leading entrepreneurs and companies, and strategic planning services for several companies seeking new geographic locations. In addition, the Studio is in the midst of interior design projects for four prestigious hotels—two in New York, one in Buenos Aires and a fourth in Los Angeles that also includes historic renovation and additional building structures. The firm is also working on the architecture and interiors for an airplane hangar facility that, according to Rottet, is one of her favorite projects as it combines planning, landscape design, architecture and interiors.

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