Tell us about your role at LS3P.

I’m an Associate and Project Architect, and my duties range from specific design tasks to detailing to project management.  I work within the LS3P K-12 Education studio in our Charlotte office, and have an active role in many of our current and in-construction projects.  It makes for an exciting and very full schedule.


What’s inspiring you right now?

My teammates and colleagues.  Faced with an unprecedented change to our working conditions this year, I have seen my studio really step up to the challenge of remote design by working diligently to stay in constant communication on our many tasks.  We are truly in this together, and have some great design work to show for it, despite the distance.


What are the greatest challenges we’re facing in the industry?

As an industry, architecture faces several daunting and immediate challenges, both societal and environmental.  We are ever more pressed to push for healthful, diverse, resilient, and environmentally responsible design.  Locally, architecture needs to reflect a response to changing climate, cultural and economic diversity, and potential increases in active and passive health mitigation strategies.  Within the K-12 sphere, we are also impacted by an increased need to provide responsive security through design.  This is an exciting era to make impactful change within the lives of our community.


What is your favorite hometown restaurant, and what should I order if I go there?

I had the luck to grow up in the small, sleepy fishing village of Mystic, Connecticut – noted for “Mystic Pizza” fame, from the 1988 film starring Julia Roberts.  However, if you’re in town, skip the pizza and try the seafood at S&P Oyster House downtown, next to the historic bascule bridge.  Or, for a more low-key jaunt, grab a lobster from Costello’s in Noank Village.  I’m partial to the old-fashioned steamer clams.


What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your role?

Ask questions, think broadly, and challenge yourself.   Many of us arrive in architecture after chasing a passion for design as a medium for social change, like I did.  Use each task as a learning tool, no matter how small the task may be, and put your whole self into that task.  As architects, each decision we make has the opportunity to advance the lives of those who occupy and utilize the spaces we create – truly, this is a powerful, and noble, endeavor.

About Amy

Associate Amy Dominov joined the LS3P K-12 studio in 2018 as an architectural designer with broad range of project types from higher education facilities and healthcare design to project management for multi-family residential design. She is involved in all phases of the project life cycle from initial client/community engagement and conceptual design through construction administration and early occupancy. Her duties include project development and documentation, Building Information Modeling, and computer-aided design. Her previous experience in business development gives her a sharp focus on uncovering a client’s most pressing issues early in the design process.