At Lloyd Architects, we have made an effort to build our team to reflect a variety of backgrounds and voices. The firm’s effort is reflected in our staff and is something we value as an ongoing process. While Lloyd Architects benefits from a team with different experiences and voices running our firm, our clients and team members see the most value.
The value that hiring an architect brings to your project is their ability to solve spatial problems. This skill translates into designing a space for you that feels comfortable and harmonious with its intended use. Individuals inherently solve problems differently, so the more voices we can bring to your project, the better the design outcome. Because we all have biases within our decision-making, we find extreme value in accounting for unintentional biases by seeking multiple perspectives.
One approach is intentionally hiring team members who bring different life experiences to their work, such as where they grew up, how they made their way to architecture, or what their passions are. Another way we compensate for biases is through our team's commitment to continual learning. Many of our staff seek out extracurricular activities within the architecture community to learn different perspectives than those they encounter each day from colleagues and clients. Our firm is proud to have staff volunteering with AIA Utah to work on increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. Others dedicate their time to helping emerging professionals be successful in their careers. This broader view gets reflected in the design process.To bring a diversity of voices into our projects, we are intentional about how we develop our team members. We make sure everyone, regardless of experience level, has the opportunity to work on different project types and perform different roles on a project. A typical project team includes at least three people of varying experience levels, such as an associate, project manager, and designer. This structure establishes an environment of lateral learning and relationship building that is then supportive and positive in a project's trajectory. Each team member grows from presenting their design work to their peers and hearing different perspectives on their design approach. It's an invaluable learning experience for individuals and helps our firm deliver on design excellence.