Tell us about your role at LS3P.

As Chief Practice Officer, I have primary oversight for design excellence, innovation and expertise…growing and improving our work product, every day. I think I have the most fun job in the firm and I love what I do!

 

What’s inspiring you right now?

I’m inspired by the incredible design talent, energy and thoughtfulness of our up and coming leaders in the firm. I know that we have a bright future ahead of us as these new leaders take the reins in the coming years.

 

Favorite hometown restaurant, and what should I order if I go there?

 The Fairview Day Bar in Sanford opened in the 1930’s and was a favorite for burgers and milk shakes when I was in high school.  Their homemade vegetable soup with a grilled pimento cheese sandwich is the best!

 

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

We are at a critical pivot point where the technology advances in design are now having greater impact on how we build.  We have to do a better job of partnering with contractors, vendors and manufacturers to develop smarter building technologies (pre-fab, more sustainable, faster build, less waste, etc.)  We have only begun to figure out how we will build in the future.

 

What is your superpower?

I’ve been told that I’m good at logistics.  I guess it comes from holding down a busy job and raising twins!

 

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

Listen and learn!  Strive to make connections across the firm.  Seek to understand the real, everyday challenges that our staff face as they design complex buildings that must meet rigorous technical challenges.  How can the firm provide the best resources to make everyone’s job easier?

 

What is your all-time favorite song?

Alison Krauss’s version of “Baby Mine.”  I used to sing it my girls when they were babies.

About Katherine

Katherine Peele serves as LS3P’s Chief Practice Officer. Katherine joined the firm (then Boney Architects) in 1988 after she graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University’s School of Design with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. She was the valedictorian of her class at the School of Design.

In her 32 years with the firm, she has managed over $1 billion worth of construction, with projects ranging from educational to workplace and community focuses. Her current role as Chief Practice Officer includes oversight of design excellence and quality, growth of practice expertise, and innovation.

Katherine served as the 2000 President of AIA North Carolina and in 2017 and currently serves as President of the North Carolina Board of Architecture. She was elevated to AIA Fellowship in 2003 in recognition of her extensive expertise and commitment to educational facility design.  She also serves as President for the Leaders Council of NC State University College of Design.  In 2019, she was awarded the Gold Medal by AIA North Carolina, the highest honor for a NC architect.

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