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Balance: LorieWestrick Managing principal of RDLR Architects (Houston, TX), a community-driven architectural firm that is recognized throughout Texas.


D uring Westrick’s leadership, RDLR has earned numerous design and firm awards including the Texas Society of Architects Firm Award, the highest honor bestowed on architecture firms. She has extensive experience in all areas of architectural design and planning and enjoys public work projects such as educational facilities and streetscapes. She also has considerable experience designing for non-profit organizations. Noteworthy projects include the Houston Food Bank (recipient of five local, state, and national awards); the Sam Houston Tollway NE Main Lane Plaza (TxA Design Award); and renovations at Reagan High School (GHPA design award). “Innovation stems from our ability to look at projects holistically, considering client needs, and to creatively find opportunities for community enhancements,” Westrick says. “We look for opportunities to leverage our client’s project to enhance Houston’s built environment.” A CONVERSATIONWITH LORIEWESTRICK. The Zweig Letter: The firmwas founded 40 years ago. How

long have you been with the firm and how has your position evolved during that time? Lorie Westrick: I started subletting a workstation from Rey de la Reza (founder of RDLR) in 1992. At the time, I was pursuing a practice that allowed me to be available for my young children while working independently. After completing several residential projects, Rey invited me to collaborate on some of his work. This collaboration continued over several years, after which I made the commitment to join RDLR. I was asked to join the firm leadership in 2000. TZL: How do the four principals divide their responsibilities? How do those responsibilities overlap? LW: Firm partners share common principles for success: satisfied clients, quality design, and a healthy business. Together, we make decisions that balance these principles. Though we all share a passion for design and the business, each of us have unique talents that we bring:


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