Irvine-based design firm LPA has named Wendy Rogers its chief executive.
Rogers, who started at LPA as a college intern in 1987, assumes the role from Robert Kupper who was CEO for 30 years.
Rogers is the firm’s second CEO in its 52-year history. Kupper, LPA said, will remain in an advisory role.
“Bob has helped instill a collaborative work ethic, focused on problem-solving and creating sustainable places that enrich lives,” Rogers said.
Rogers, a longtime principal at LPA, has held a variety of roles including her most recent post as chief talent officer, a position she held for two years. She started in company’s civic division before moving to schools, eventually overseeing K-12 design work.
In her new role, Rogers will work with LPA President Dan Heinfeld on the day-to-day operations of the company.
“Wendy has a strong sensibility that balances the business practice of the firm with the fundamental belief that design can change lives,” Heinfeld said in a statement. “These are exciting times at LPA, and Wendy’s collaborative leadership approach will be a catalyst in making our firm better.”
LPA, which was founded in 1965 by Leason Pomeroy III, has more than 380 employees. In April it opened an office in Dallas. The firm is the 34th largest in the country, up from 40th a year ago, according to Architectural Record’s list of biggest U.S. firms.
In Orange County, LPA’s work has touched dozens of big-name projects including John Wayne Airport, Tustin Market Place, Blizzard Entertainment’s Irvine headquarters and Asics America. Projects this year include Mazda’s new Irvine headquarters and work to refurbish Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.
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