Associate | Operations

Don Lawrence

Assoc. AIA, NOMA

“Design has to be a challenge: a challenge to clients to take things to a higher level, and a challenge to ourselves to think beyond the expected, to push the limits. I believe that you can see that in each project I undertake. It’s how I approach the details, hanging onto the overall concept while inspiring the vision.”

With over 42 years of experience in the A/E/C industry, Don serves as the firm’s Director of Operations managing and directing all day‐to‐day operations of CHASM, directly supporting the Managing Partner. His duties include design and marketing team management, policy creation, strategic growth and projections, financial strategies, planning, design, consultant coordination, construction documents, construction administration, feasibility studies, branding, firm-wide quality control, and business marketing strategies. Don has a proven ability to integrate design, people, technology, finance, and business processes to deliver client-oriented spaces, with bottom-line business results.

Don is a seasoned senior executive and manager with a broad multi-industry experience in the fields of architecture, interiors, construction, program and construction management, and development. He has successfully designed, built, and/or managed project teams producing Office, Aviation, Retail, Hospitality, Educational, Institutional, Health Care, Industrial, Transit, Ecclesiastical, Distribution, Warehouse, Multi-family Housing, and Mixed-use projects.

Professional Credentials:

Associate Member, American Institute of Architects (Assoc. AIA)
National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA)
Design-Build Institute of America | DBIA
Associated Builders and Contractors | ABC
Construction Management Association of America | CMAA


Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduate Studies | Urban Planning & Development, University of Tennessee- Knoxville

Selected Project Experience:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport | Atlanta, GA
  • Zion Hill Baptist Church Complex | Atlanta, GA
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School | Atlanta Public Schools | Atlanta, GA
  • Allied Health Building | Atlanta Technical College | Atlanta, GA
  • Invensys/Foxboro Office Building | Houston, TX
  • Promenade Park Office Building | Atlanta, GA
  • Garden Hills Elementary School | Atlanta Public Schools | Atlanta, GA
  • NASA Space Lab Training Facility | Huntsville, AL
  • Pyramid Shopping Centre | Atlanta, GA
  • 1982 World’s Fair Complex | Knoxville, TN

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