HDR Welcomes Carol Lanham Back to the Firm

(January 26, 2015) - Carol Lanham has returned to HDR as a civic principal in the Pasadena office. Originally in the Dallas office from 1988 to 2001 as a project architect, Carol says she is "extremely excited" to work with her friends and colleagues at HDR again.

Carol says she learned everything she knows about justice architecture and good design from her mentors at HDR. Through her new role as a civic principal, she will help build our Civic and Justice architecture practice in California and the West. A 28-year veteran in the justice architecture field, Carol most recently served as the assistant circuit executive for space & facilities for the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals headquartered in St. Louis.

Carol is a problem-solver who enjoys working with a team toward a common goal. She enjoys finding out why people work a certain way, why they utilize a particular process and why they need a new space. This is what comprises the essence of good design, she says.

She also strongly believes in mentorship. "You can't continue to have a successful business or team without training," she says. "It's important to lead by example, and to pass along the knowledge and wisdom gained from experience."

"Carol brings a depth of experience in civic architecture that broadens our reach in the justice and corrections markets," says Amy Williams, managing principal of the Los Angeles Architecture office. "She brings a no-nonsense approach to architecture, and leveraging this with our existing design talent will allow us to do great things for our clients."

Carol considers her best skills to be project management, problem-solving and organization, while she enjoys drawing, cooking and reading in her spare time. A little known fact about Carol is that she became "even more of a nerd," she says, when she started bird watching several years ago.