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David Lorimer began his
architectural design career forty years ago. He has direct and
extensive experience in all phases of architectural practice, with
an emphasis on conceptual and schematic design. His experience
includes facility and program planning, master planning, project
management, site selection, and feasibility studies.
After receiving his
Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona in
1966, David moved to San Diego and in 1968, began work as a designer
with Henry Hester and Associates, an architectural firm specializing
in custom homes. In 1971 he became a partner in the firm.
In 1974, David T.
Lorimer co-founded Architects Lorimer-Case, with partner Larry Case.
The firm grew to a 50-person office, whose scope of practice
included large-scale residential, commercial and international
projects both in planning and design. Under David’s direction,
projects such as Columbia Place and Watermark placed the firm was
amongst the pioneers of the revival of downtown San Diego. The
14-acre Uptown District in Hillcrest was seen as a model for
residential and commercial mixed-use, while the firm also gained
substantial experience in the area of hospitality design when the
prestigious Westin Mission Hills Resort was added to the portfolio.
A commitment to constructability and design excellence won the firm
over one hundred twenty prestigious regional and national awards,
including sixteen residential “Project of the Year” awards.
David T. Lorimer
Architect & Associates was founded in 1995.Eager to get back to the
practice he loved, David created a smaller design studio dedicated
to maintaining the benefits of a small firm while providing full
service design by affiliating with specialists in various
disciplines. The smaller firm ensured that David would have more
time to be on the boards, drawing. While the 30+ years of working in
the architectural field ensured the connections and experience
needed to “act” like a large firm. Noteworthy projects included
Heritage Towne Center, the Kona Kai on Shelter Island, and various
custom homes in the San Diego area. The firm became Lorimer-Hayes
Architects when Lynne Hayes, a long-time colleague, became a partner
in 2002. Lynne Hayes left the firm in the summer of 2005.
The current phase of
David’s career is as challenging and rewarding as the previous ones.
Lorimer Architecture is a partnership formed between David and his
daughter, Leslie. It has been a pleasure for David to be able to
work so closely with his daughter, as a mentor and partner. There is
a freshness and excitement in the current firm that David sees
infusing the projects being turned out. Custom homes continue to be
an interest of the firm, as do mixed-use developments and urban
in-fill projects. Also of increased importance are ideas of
sustainability and affordability. Large scale projects now on the
boards are providing the opportunity to explore these ideas
architecturally. Lorimer Architecture is based in San Diego, in a
building which represents the first collaboration between the
father-daughter team. A second, San Francisco, office was opened in
January of this year.
Leslie Lorimer started
her career in architecture, in earnest, in 1992, but spent much of
her life around architecture. The daughter of an architect, Leslie
grew up sketching floor plans and elevations, and on project sites.
This early and constant contact with the practice of architecture
helped Leslie develop an appreciation for drawing and architectural
design. It is this comfort with the entire process of building which
Leslie believes has given her an advantage in her growth as an
After receiving a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Economic Policy from Stanford University
in 1988, Leslie joined a start-up company in Palo Alto, California.
As one of 5 founding employees, Leslie was responsible for
administration tasks for the young company. The company was
eventually funded by venture capitalist and is now listed on the
Nasdaq stock exchange.
In 1992, Leslie became
one of 24 students selected to the first class entering the Masters
of Architecture program at the new and innovative School of
Architecture at University of California, San Diego. When the
program and school closed down the following year, Leslie moved to
the San Francisco Bay Area and finished her studies at U.C. Berkeley
After Berkeley, Leslie
worked briefly for Sim Van der Ryn and Associates on the Real Goods
Retail Center in Northern California. The flagship retail store was
designed as a model for solar living and sustainable architecture.
Leslie next began working for San Francisco firm SMWM, known for
their institutional and educational work. At SMWM, Leslie
participated, as a young designer, on a number of educational campus
projects; and on a variety of large scale urban studies in San
Francisco’s downtown and Mission Bay areas.
Leslie left SMWM to
join David T. Lorimer Architects & Associates and oversee the
10-acre Otay Village Center, a PUD which includes a mixed/use
portion with senior apartments over retail and daycare, an
affordable multi-family apartment component, including community
center, and a gas station/carwash/market. The site is to serve as a
town center for the surrounding areas and incorporates public
transportation, extensive bike paths, and electrical cart
parking/recharge locations. Leslie continued when the firm became
Lorimer-Hayes Architects, as a designer and project manager
primarily responsible for the Custom Residences in the office.
Architecture, Leslie has enjoyed the opportunity to work
directly with her father on a wide range of projects, encompassing
both of their architectural interests. Leslie currently heads the
San Francisco office, located in the Russian Hill area of San
Francisco, but travels frequently to San Diego and Los Angeles to
oversee projects in those regions as well.