Tell us about your role at LS3P. 

I am a Senior Project Manager | Operations and Finance Manager |Senior Living Sector Leader for LS3P’s Greensboro office, and a Principal in the firm.  Having recently merged our firm with LS3P, right now a lot of time is devoted to “learning the ropes” and making sure our staff is equipped and supported to do their best work and feel comfortable as part of a new, wonderful team.

What’s inspiring you right now?

While it may sound cliché, the level of talent and abilities of those around us at LS3P is inspiring to me.  It’s humbling to engage with a group of professionals who are all so gifted, and that pushes us all to want to do our best.

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

Right now, I think it may be burnout.  Everyone has been working so diligently, managing hybrid work environments through a pandemic, and with seemingly more to do than ever.  It’s important that we all take time to just “breathe,” if that’s possible!

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

Invest yourself into getting to really know your team (both internally, and on each individual project team) and to foster relationships within the greater community.  Those relationships are so important!

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

You should never ask someone my size where they like to eat…it’s so hard to choose! If I had to choose, though, DaVinci’s Table in Burlington, NC is a favorite spot, and I usually go with their Pesto Tortellini.

What previous job outside of architecture taught you the most?

That’s hard to narrow down.  In high school, I worked in sales at a luggage shop.  I then worked as a waiter while in college, and also ran a customer service route for a biomedical testing company.  Each of those taught me the value of customer service, and how to be approachable, as well as how to approach others.  I worked heavy equipment in a quarry for a summer, and that certainly emphasized the value and integrity of truly hard, exhausting work.  Probably most importantly, however, was work as both a Youth Minister and Minister of Music.  Those opportunities reinforced the absolute necessity for genuine compassion and love for those around us.

What is your superpower?

People say that I can strike up a conversation with just about anyone, even if it’s just standing in line at the store, and find something in common.  I also tend to be able to recall references/resources well.  (Perhaps that is tied to a completely useless “superpower,” which is an ability to remember quotes from almost any movie I’ve seen!)

What is your all-time favorite song?

I LOVE music and have fairly eclectic taste, so it’s unlikely that many folks (if any) will have heard my favorite song, but it’s “A Quiet Place” by Take6.  It has fantastic lyrics…

There is a quiet place
Far from the rapid pace
Where God can soothe my troubled mind

Sheltered by tree and flower
There in my quiet hour
With Him my cares are left behind

Whether a garden small
Or on a mountain tall
New strength and courage there I find

Then from this quiet place
I go prepared to face
A new day with love for all mankind

What place have you visited that changed you the most?  

Taking my children to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC probably had the most profound impact on me.  Especially seeing the response of my kids, and how what they had only previously read about finally became more “real;” it weighed on me and impacted me even more than I could have imagined.

About Brian

As a Senior Project Manager and Senior Living Sector Leader, Principal Brian Carroll, AIA is involved in all aspects of design and management on each of his projects.  From master planning, programming, and pre-design/feasibility studies through construction documents and construction administration, his experience on a broad range of project types enables him to lend a fresh perspective to each new project.  His strong desire to positively impact the community and built environment is evidenced by involvement in project types including senior living, primary, secondary and higher education, medical, municipal, and religious facilities. He also has extensive experience in complex phased renovations and additions to occupied buildings, and has managed some of the firm’s largest senior living projects.

Brian joined the firm in 1997, and has served the Greensboro area for over 25 years.