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BLRB Celebrates 65th Anniversary

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May 2018 marks 65 years in business for BLRB Architects. In May 1953, Donald F. Burr established Donald F. Burr, AIA and Associates in Lakewood, Washington, and led the firm as managing principal until 1981. In an era when architects were often prescriptive in their design methods, Burr developed the collaborative, interactive project planning and design process that is still a recognized hallmark of our firm’s service today.

In the 1960s, Burr became intrigued by changes taking place in educational theory, as educators acknowledged that the physical environment has a significant impact on student achievement and teacher performance. Shifting the firm’s design emphasis from sophisticated residential and commercial projects to a focus on educational architecture, Burr became a regionally and nationally recognized leader in the field of educational architecture.

May 2018 marks 65 years in business for BLRB Architects. In May 1953, Donald F. Burr established Donald F. Burr, AIA and Associates in Lakewood, Washington, and led the firm as managing principal until 1981. In an era when architects were often prescriptive in their design methods, Burr developed the collaborative, interactive project planning and design process that is still a recognized hallmark of our firm’s service today.

In the 1960s, Burr became intrigued by changes taking place in educational theory, as educators acknowledged that the physical environment has a significant impact on student achievement and teacher performance. Shifting the firm’s design emphasis from sophisticated residential and commercial projects to a focus on educational architecture, Burr became a regionally and nationally recognized leader in the field of educational architecture.

In 1982, Jerry Lawrence and Paul Rising purchased the firm, creating Burr Lawrence Rising Architects. In 1989, the firm was renamed Burr Lawrence Rising + Bates Architects following the elevation of Thomas Bates as a principal of the firm. Soon after, the firm was renamed BLRB Architects and has grown to include offices in Tacoma and Spokane, Washington; and Portland and Bend, Oregon. To this day, BLRB Architects continues Don Burr’s legacy of collaborative, sustainable and flexible design for a variety of building types.

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