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Laguarda Low Architects Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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  1. "Happy to go to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Laguarda Low Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Firm culture is good; design oriented

    Cons

    Lack of local projects; most are commercial projects


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn design"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laguarda Low Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Design oriented firm, and the two main principals are good at designs from planning to details.
    Modern and clean office interior design.
    Good place to learn mixed use, commercial designs
    Lots of office social, such as beer Friday and etc.

    Cons

    There is no local projects, and it is hard to gain any construction experiences in this firm if you are care about your long term career.
    Not many senior level people that can mentor the young designers/architects
    Too much focusing on design and the overall firm is not developing in a balanced way
    For all the major firms in the US. are using Revit for design and production, LLA is still playing some 3D modeling software. The experiences in this firm is difficult to transfer to other major firms.
    Not that many people can mentor and help young designers. The firm expects you to jump in the pool and learn all the skills by yourselves.

    Advice to Management

    Need to build a more balanced management team, with senior level managers. The principals shall be more open to the employees about the directions and development plans this firm is heading towards to.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "provides opportunities but has limitation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Laguarda Low Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    _most people are talented and patient to work with
    _the projects are huge and complex, good if you are interested in conceptual and schematic design
    _nice and friendly environment, good employee benefits with overtime for juniors
    _reasonable hours for architecture firms
    _candy jar, free bagels on mondays, beers on fridays
    _pays ARE exams but if you leave within a year they will ask for refund

    Cons

    _does not have many local projects, so it has certain limitation
    _employees are easy to get stuck at doing one thing (3d modeling, photoshop, diagrams, translation etc.)
    (experience might differ between male and female employees)
    _hard to find a mentor as a young designer

    Advice to Management

    do not always put people on the same task


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good working enviroments"

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    Former Intern - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Laguarda Low Architects as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, great working environment

    Cons

    not too many local projects


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good but too demanding at times"

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    Current Employee - Project Designer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Project Designer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Laguarda Low Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good projects, design and environment.

    Cons

    Long working hours,, and also during weekends sometimes


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Laguarda Low Architects....Caveat emptor"

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    Former Employee - Project Designer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Designer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "great opportunity to grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    build a portfolio with interesting design and international projects

    Cons

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