ARTIST STATEMENT: My work, both in Art and Architecture, is an ongoing exploration of the concept of Layers. I have always been aware of, and fascinated by Layers in the Natural and Built Environment. Layers in Space and Time. Layers in Intellect, in Emotion. Synthesis and Interpenetration of Form, of Solid and Void, of Chaos and Order, of Simplicity and Complexity.
INSPIRATION: Flashes of Light. Appear to me spontaneously, involuntarily, provoked by sensory influences. Unannounced initial thought may derive from a piece of music, written text, built or natural environment, person, mood, event or any combination of the above. A concept gestates for days or weeks, until the appropriate media becomes clear. I create a sketch, and try to understand it for a period of time. The piece then comes out of me very quickly. Several pieces result, produced in rapid succession. Much of my work is done in a small series, and normally executes very closely to the first flash of light that appeared. I have noticed that the many passions in my life manifest through me in a similar way.
A formally trained architect, I received my Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kent State University. I have studied and created art all of my life. I draw inspiration from compositions in nature and the built environment. I am intrigued by the natural tension between opposing forces along the following themes: Chaos/Order, Free Form/Precision, Random/Planned, Solid/Void. My influences come from the modern architecture and art world, and include Corbusier, Meier, Eisenman, Pollack, Chihulley, Warhol, Arnoldi.
BACKGROUND: Degrees & Licenses. Lawrence received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree (1980) and Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1979) from Kent State University, where he also spent a semester studying abroad in Italy. He is a licensed architect in over 40 states and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accredited professional through the USGBC (United States Green Building Council.) Lawrence has been a guest lecturer for USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Graduate Real Estate Program. He was a Design Juror for the Fourth Year Integrated Design Project for Kent State University. Lawrence has been a speaker on a variety of panels for NAIOP and other commercial real estate groups. He has been published in a variety of media including OC Metro, Real Estate Business Online, Development Magazine and Professional Report Magazine. For his accomplishments as CEO, Lawrence was recognized as an Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner & National Finalist in 2008.
Affiliations: Board Member, Kent State University Foundation – Member, Vistage – Advisory Board, Hall & Foreman – Founding Member, United Way’s Real Estate Community Builders – Member, Hoag Center Visiting Committee, Hoag Center for Real Estate & – Finance, Argyros School of Business, Chapman University. – Member, NAIOP (National Association of Industrial & Office Properties) – Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Board Member CSP – Advisory Board, Buzzsaw.com – The United Way Real Estate Steering Committee – Vice President, Board of Directors, Ballet Pacifica – Chancellors Club at University of California Irvine – CHOC Corporate Partners