LEED and WELL AP Lauren Wallace has been the Certifications Department Manager at Epsten Group since 2010. Her team has tremendous experience with Architecture (including Zoo Projects), LEED Consulting, Third-Party LEED Reviews, Commissioning, and more. Not just LEED, she is out in front with SITES, TRUE, and more rating systems/certifications. Today, she shares the story of her architectural journey as well as her love for a community running on sustainability, with our host, Charlie Cichetti.
Lauren Wallace – A Series of Changes
Originally from Long Beach, California, Lauren grew up mostly in San Diego. Over 25 years ago, though, she transferred to Atlanta, where has spent most of her life. Lauren lives intown and walks to Epsten’s LEED Platinum HQ.
She had a passion for the medical field back in high school. Lauren had biology-based classes, trained to get certified as a lifeguard, and even volunteered for the hospital. Lauren knew she was going to become a radiologist, but a drafting course in her last semester of high school changed it all.
Meant for Architecture
Taking a drafting course for additional credits opened Lauren to her creative side. Designing, which has always been in her blood thanks to her father’s genes, became something that she embraced.
“When it’s science and math, there’s always an answer. And doing something in the design field tickled my brain in different ways because you’re never done.” – Lauren Wallace
While she signed up for both medicine and architecture, her letter of acceptance at Georgia Tech was all that she needed to know that she was meant to design.
An After-College Sustainability Mindset
Lauren spent a lot of her college years in studios. At these studios, there were a lot of people who influenced her to explore sustainability, the community, and built environment, but she didn’t get heavily into sustainability until after college.
By the dawn of LEED rating systems, she’d gotten her degree in architecture. It all began from there.
“I think there were some projects that kind of pushed those buttons, but there was not a lot of connection from the studio to the real world. And about that time, it was the birth of the LEED rating system… I think I’m not surprised that as soon as I graduated is kind of when I started to explore some more of that.” – Lauren Wallace
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