Lauren Rottet, FAIA is one of the most celebrated interior architects today. Her award-winning commercial interiors, furniture and carpet designs have received international recognition and have attracted some of the most respected corporations worldwide. The Walt Disney Company, Hewlett-Packard, Ernst & Young LLP, Marriott Corporation, Deloitte & Touche, and UNOCAL are among the many clients for whom Rottet and her associates have created interior environments that deliver value through design.
Rottet’s distinct design approach, characterized by precise detail and architecturally-derived solutions, reflects her 20 years of professional practice, as well as a longtime desire to improve the human experience through the built environment. Balancing aesthetic and spatial considerations with marketplace realities and a concern for the quality of the workplace, Rottet and her team have built a reputation for designs that are successful both in responding to client requirements and in setting new standards in highly competitive business environments.
The Rottet signature extends to the world of contract furnishings, where companies like Bernhardt Design, Steelcase, Brayton, and Lees have sought Rottet’s expertise in designing a variety of seating, casegoods, and carpet products that appeal to both contract and residential tastes.
In her relatively young career, Rottet has garnered an impressive array of laurels and honors, including the coveted “Designer of the Year” title from Interiors Magazine in 1994, and the Hall of Fame Award from Interior Design in 1998. Her work has been acknowledged as exemplary by national design associations and professional organizations, and her insight is solicited by design industry consultants and business professionals.
Eleven years with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles fostered Rottet’s interest in commercial interiors, while her education in architecture and fine arts provided a solid base for this area of focus. In 1990 Rottet became a founding partner of Keating Mann Jernigan Rotett, which grew from a staff of six to almost 60 in four years. In 1994, when KMRJ was acquired by architecture and engineering giant Daniel, Mann, Johnson, & Mendenhall, Rottet assumed the direction of DMJM Rotett, the Los Angeles based interior design studio. Rottet attributes the success of her practice to the strength of her design team, many of whom have worked with Rottet and her design partner Richard Riveire, AIA since their days at SOM.