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Learn More About Our Recently Promoted Employees

by Rebecca DeZeeuw

Todd Bundren, Riza Encarnacion, Matt Lundgren, Lisa Morrison, Greg Trost and Galen Vassar have been promoted to associate principal.

Todd Bundren, NCARB, LEED AP® BD+C leads multiple teams that focus on national accounts in the retail, hospitality and senior living markets. He also heads up Lawrence Group’s sustainable design and LEED Certification efforts for the built environment. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and sits on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the town of Crestwood, MO. Todd joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has more than 15 years of experience.

Riza Encarnacion, RA, NCARB, specializes in managing large, complex projects for healthcare clients. She is currently managing the design team for the $550 million SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and served as project manager for the award-winning SSM Health St. Mary’s Replacement Hospital in Jefferson City. She joined Lawrence Group in 2001 and has 29 years of experience.

Matt Lundgren, AIA, LEED AP® provides management and operational oversight for Lawrence Group’s New York office. He specializes in experiential retail design and hospitality solutions for national clients such as Warby Parker, Blue Bottle Coffee, Adore Me and Tend. Matt joined Lawrence Group in 2012 and has 17 years of experience.

Lisa Morrison, WELL AP, NCIDQ specializes in the visioning and design of innovative workplace and hospitality environments. As a newly accredited WELL AP, she designed Missouri’s first WELL-certified project for Cushman & Wakefield and recently designed a new workplace strategy for OPAA Food Management. She has teamed with Lodging Hospitality Management for renovations at St. Louis Union Station. Lisa joined Lawrence Group in 2012 and will continue to help the firm grow its workplace and hospitality markets.

Greg Trost, AIA, LEED AP®, specializes in adaptive reuse and historic renovation, educating clients on state and federal historic tax credit eligible buildings. His award-winning projects include The Core Apartment Residences, 4100 Lindell and Cupples Building 9. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and U.S. Green Building Council. Greg joined Lawrence Group in 2014 and has more than 20 years of experience.

Galen Vassar, NCIDQ, leads Lawrence Group’s hospitality practice, improving guest experiences for hotel, restaurant and entertainment clients. She is a St. Louis Business Journal 40 under 40 award winner, and her experience includes award-winning St. Louis landmarks such as Hotel Ignacio, Angad Arts Hotel, Park Pacific and Sun Theater. She joined the firm in 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience.

Jill Engel has been promoted to director of real estate operations. She joined Lawrence Group in 2017 has more than 20 years of experience. Jill specializes in real estate operations and asset management.  Her projects include Park Pacific, Marquette, Southside Tower and Southside Station.

Alicia Buehrle, Matt Huff, John Iffrig, Corey Pinkley have been promoted to senior associate.

Alicia Buehrle joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has more than 14 years of experience. She specializes in senior living and healthcare design, and her projects include Cottages at Lake Saint Louis and Nazareth Living Center.

Matt Huff, AIA, NCARB, joined Lawrence Group in 2016 and has 20 years of design experience. His diverse portfolio includes libraries, charter schools, universities, healthcare, commercial, residential, historic renovation and urban infill projects.

John Iffrig, PLA, ASLA, joined Lawrence Group in 2008 and has 13 years of landscape architecture experience, including commercial, institutional, healthcare and senior living. He is currently providing landscape architecture services for City Foundry STL and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Corey Pinkley joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has 15 years of experience. He specializes in residential and commercial project types and most recently has designed multiple historic renovations in the Skinker Debaliviere historic district.

Andrew Iffrig (not pictured) has been promoted to project manager.
He joined Lawrence Group’s construction team in 2018 and representative projects include the Ironworkers Local #396 Union Hall and Grand Tavern restaurant at the Angad Arts Hotel.

Jessica Kemp has been promoted to property manager.
She joined Lawrence Group in 2017 and serves as a property manager of operations for Park Pacific, managing more than 200 residential units in a high-rise luxury mixed-use development.

Josh Bitzer has been promoted to BIM manager.
He joined Lawrence Group in 2015 and manages the firm’s production software of choice, develops and enforces common BIM standards within the organization and builds and manages content libraries.

Jenny Brcic, Christine Chirco, Chad Guempel, Kelly Paige and Jimmy Sgroi have been promoted to associate.

Jenny Brcic joined Lawrence Group in 2013. She specializes in healthcare and has worked on multiple campuses for SSM Health.

Christine Chirco, LEED Green Associate joined Lawrence Group in 2014. Her experience includes design and master planning for education and healthcare clients such as SSM Health and University of Illinois-Springfield.

Chad Guempel joined Lawrence Group in 2015. His experience in education projects across Missouri include the John Burroughs School STAR Building.

Kelly Paige, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate joined Lawrence Group in 2013. Her experience in workplace, retail and healthcare includes representative projects such as Maritz and Northwestern Mutual.

Jimmy Sgroi joined Lawrence Group in 2016. As part of the design collective studio, Jimmy works on multiple types of projects, such as City Foundry St. Louis. He is also certified to fly commercial drones.