Laguarda Low Architects

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Laguarda Low Architects Reviews

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  1.  

    great opportunity to grow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Laguarda Low Architects

    Pros

    build a portfolio with interesting design and international projects

    Cons

    work-life balance, office culture, lack of salary reviews

    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good but too demanding at times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Designer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Project Designer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Laguarda Low Architects full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good projects, design and environment.

    Cons

    Long working hours,, and also during weekends sometimes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Laguarda Low Architects....Caveat emptor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Designer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Designer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Laguarda Low Architects

    Pros

    Laguarda Low is a great place to work if you are a recent talented graduate and wish to add design experience to your portfolio. There is some limited opportunity for international travel and exposure to clients. The office is a pleasant though not inspiring place to work. Most of the staff is young and it is easy to make new friends. Overtime has been paid to all employees. This is intended as an incentive to work harder, but in the end, it is fair compensation for all the hours most people work. Because of the nature of the work, which is primarily international retail, commercial, and mixed use projects, the projects can be quite rewarding design-wise.

    Cons

    Laguarda Low can be a stifling environment. Advancement becomes more limited the longer a person stays. You need to work with the main principle in order to be assured advancement in the company as he is the only one who holds an employee's future in his hands. The other partners, of which there are two, have no influence over his whims. The nature of the projects demands there be a lot of time spent on them, even though there is usually a short timespan in which to do the work resulting in long hours. As most of the projects are international, the office focuses on the project only up until schematic design. This can be very rewarding, as the projects go through the office quickly, or frustrating, as there is no experience gained on how to actually build buildings and make a project work. There is almost no opportunity to gain construction documentation experience since that phase of a project is completed by a local architect wherever the project may be. The opportunity for design work is also very limited. The principles typically hand down and very closely manage any design aspect unless they trust a person implicitly, which is rare. Typically charettes are held for each project felt important by the primary principal, but these are limited to only those individuals deemed qualified by him. There is never involvement by the entire office and no input is welcomed from non-participants. The office environment and function is very autocratic. The hierarchy in the office structure is strictly defined. Management at varying levels is given titles and accompanying salaries and benefits. The staff are typically given a generic Project Designer label. Until recently there was little to no encouragement by management for people to become licensed architects. Verbal encouragement was given, but the tools, such as study guides, were lacking. This has recently been resolved. As Laguarda Low is not a full service firm, those individuals seeking licensure will have to change jobs at some point to fulfill the prerequisites. The office does employ many foreign personnel, supplying them with a work visa which is tied to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should welcome feedback and work with employees who wish to advance within the office.

    Doesn't Recommend

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