Tell us about your role at LS3P. I am the RDU Civic Sector Leader and a Project Manager. I enjoy leading a team of creative individuals who tackle a variety of project types including outreach centers, libraries, labs, office and museums. What’s inspiring you right now? The change in dialog from mainly form and aesthetic issues to include more involvement about creating equity. I think this shift is long overdue and I look forward to seeing how this changes the creative design environments and how this can impact design form and function in the near future. What are the greatest challenges we’re facing in the industry? Currently in the public work sector, funding sources have been unpredictable and have had major impacts on project development and delivery. The pandemic has left a mark on funding priorities and has also increased the unpredictability of construction costs. Contractors have been adjusting prices up for metals and wood products as a result of the pandemic impacts. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your role? Absorb as many diverse perspectives as possible. Ask thoughtful questions – there could be a better way to do things. Don’t stop at the first solution – make time to push the design intent. Lean on mentors for advice on difficult problems. Take time to balance. If you could board a plane right this minute, where would you go? New Zealand – if they’d let me in! My wife and I made this plan several years ago and we got delayed in 2020. We plan on traveling for a few weeks around both islands. About Dean Dean Rains brings over 23 years of expertise in commercial and public projects. An Associate Principal, project manager, and architect, Dean is highly skilled at coordinating the requirements of the various user groups and regulatory agencies and aligning them with the client’s requirements and design vision to deliver a successful project. He brings significant experience in the design of diverse civic projects including cultural, library, and human services facilities in addition to his broad portfolio of commercial work. Dean is an active member of the professional community and is currently serving on the City of Raleigh Planning Commission. He has also served three terms on the City of Raleigh Appearance Commission, the AIA Triangle Programs Committee, and as a juror for the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards and Sir Walter Raleigh Awards.