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Earl Swisher Hands the Reins to Luma Jaffar, New Managing Principal

Lawrence Group announces Luma Jaffar, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the firm’s Austin office as the new managing principal. Luma takes over from managing principal I. Earl Swisher, AIA, NCARB, who founded Lawrence Group’s Austin practice in 1999. After 22 years with Lawrence Group and 42 years in the profession, Earl looks forward to handing the reins to Luma at the end of the year. Luma and Earl will work closely through mid-year 2021 to ensure a smooth leadership transition for our clients, partners and staff.

“It is with my wholehearted support that I welcome Luma to Lawrence Group’s next generation of talented and dedicated architects who will continue to make a difference in our communities and our profession. I know that Luma has the talent, experience and determination to provide the level of commitment and expertise for which we have become known.”
I. Earl Swisher, AIA, NCARB

As managing principal, Luma will focus on client relationships, cultivating exceptional design services, developing and implementing strategic plans and promoting organizational success. Luma comes to Lawrence Group with more than 25 years of experience, most recently as managing partner and director of architecture for KGA Architecture’s Austin office. Luma is well versed in municipal, healthcare, hospitality, education, workplace and housing design. She brings a strong combination of operational skills and design expertise to help position the Austin office for the next chapter of growth.

“I am very excited to start a new chapter in my career with Lawrence Group and build on Earl’s success. My goals are to deliver exceptional designs and services to our clients, expand our work into the different market sectors and provide the best working environment for our team so they can flourish and succeed.”
Luma Jaffar, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C

Lawrence Group Austin will continue to provide excellent service to our clients and partners throughout Texas. Since 1999, we have been helping our clients bring their dreams to life through projects that have enriched their communities both socially and culturally. It is a philosophy that has become the foundation of our long-term relationships, and we look forward to strengthening those relationships for many years to come.

“When Lawrence Group came to Austin over 20 years ago, I could not have imagined a better partner than Earl Swisher. He has built a terrific team and created a wonderful foundation for our firm.  It is with equal enthusiasm that I welcome Luma Jaffar to Lawrence Group. I know Luma will build on Earl’s success in providing the highest quality of services to our many valued clients.”
Steve Smith, Founder & Chief Executive Officer



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