LRS Architects Promotes Six Designers to Associate and Senior Associate Levels

Left to right front row: Britney Hale, Joe Bosnar and Darcie McConnaha. Back row: Nick Carpenter, Ryan Craney and Amy Smith – Photo credit LRS Architects

LRS Architects, a firm that values innovation, creativity, and collaboration, is pleased to announce the promotions of four designers to Associate and the additional elevations of two long-time firm veterans to Senior Associate:

New Associate Joe Bosnar joined LRS in 2013 and serves as a Job Captain on a myriad of residential projects as part of the firm’s Multifamily Housing Studio. Bosnar enjoys designing people-focused spaces that support positive, meaningful interactions with the built environment. His recent work includes multifamily housing projects Grant Park Village Phase 2 and The Aria, and senior living projects Parkview at Terwilliger Plaza and Touchmark in the West Hills Sky Lodge. Bosnar received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.

New Associate Nick Carpenter joined LRS in 2019 and has been dedicated as a Project Architect in the Senior Living Studio. A Washington State-Registered Architect, Carpenter is passionate about creating spaces that are joyful, safe, and engaging for people of all ages, informed by his experience designing spaces for both K-12 students and seniors. His recent senior living projects include The Springs at Happy Valley, Parkview at Terwilliger Plaza, and work for Franke Tobey Jones in Tacoma. Carpenter earned both a Master and Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University.

New Associate Ryan Craney is a Registered Architect who first joined LRS in 2015, and is currently part of the firm’s Commercial Office and Workplace Studio. As a leader of the LRS Design Lab, Craney is passionate about exploring emerging technologies and incorporating new tools into the design process. Craney’s recent notable projects include the tenant improvement for Davis Wright Tremaine, BKF II Business Park, and the Wingspan Conference and Event Center. Craney earned a Master of Science in Architectural Design and Research from the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

New Associate Britney Hale joined LRS in 2015. She is a versatile, NCIDQ certified interior designer with deep experience providing space planning test fits, and workplace strategy for a wide variety of project types serving civic and commercial clients. Her goal is to design spaces that promote health and wellness within the built environment. Her most notable projects include the Wood Village Municipal Building, KinderCare Headquarters, and several offices nationally for Kittelson & Associates, Inc. including their Portland Headquarters. Hale is currently on the Board of the IIDA Oregon, and earned her Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon.

Darcie McConnaha, now elevated to Senior Associate, joined LRS in 2003 and was named an Associate in 2020. McConnaha is an interiors project manager and workplace design expert who has spent the entirety of her professional career at LRS, working on projects for a wide variety of clients, from civic office buildings and tenant improvements to corporate headquarters. Her leadership has guided the success of office and workplace projects including Lewis & Clark Bank Headquarters, Milestone Systems, and Prosper Portland. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture.

Amy Smith, now elevated to Senior Associate, joined LRS as a student intern in 2002 and was named an Associate in 2018. A Registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Smith is a senior living expert who brings extensive design technology skills and a deep knowledge of building and accessibility code to her work. Smith’s most notable projects include an addition to the Touchmark at the Ranch retirement community to include Memory Care, Friendsview Sutton Terrace, and the Resort at the Mountain Spa. She graduated with a Master of Architecture from Washington State University, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Portland State University.

“It’s with great pleasure we announce these early 2024 promotions at the firm – all are well deserved,” said Trish Nixon, President of LRS Architects. “Some of these individuals have been with the firm for a decade or more, and all of them have demonstrated a deep commitment to the success of their clients, projects, and teams.”

About LRS Architects  

LRS Architects is a majority women-owned architecture and interior design firm with offices in Portland and Bend, Oregon. Founded in 1976, the award-winning practice is driven by a passion for good design that goes beyond aesthetics to create vibrant communities and spaces that support the well-being of those who inhabit them. With 135 design professionals, the firm is committed to partnering collaboratively with clients to positively shape the human experience through the physical environment. The diversity of the firm’s project experience provides a broad perspective and proven expertise in design, problem-solving, documentation, and project delivery methods. The firm’s work, while centered in the Pacific Northwest, is found throughout the United States in over 30 states, as well as in China, Canada, and Nicaragua. Recognized with dozens of awards, the practice’s work has been featured in hundreds of publications, including Architect, Fast Company, ENR, and Office Snapshots, among many others. LRS is an Oregonian Top Workplace Award Winner 2016-2023.