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Lauren Rottet: Up Close
VITAL STATISTICS Houston native; graduate of the University of Texas with highest honors; FAIA; FIIDA; inaugural member of the Women in Design Hall of Fame; lifetime appointee to the U.S. General Services Administration’s National Register of Peer Professionals for Design Excellence WORK HISTORY After a stint with

Rottet Studio’s current projects include the Rosewood Hotel in Palm Desert, several hotel renovations, the conversion of a bank into a new boutique hotel and a commission for Viking River Cruises.

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Eric Laignel (Surrey hotel); Delise Ward (Lauren Rottet); Courtesy of Rottet Studio (Rosewood Hotel)

auren Rottet has logged 25 years as a serious curve wrecker in project design and process development. She’s changed the boundaries of the scope of work from delivering just another pretty space to “improving the human experience through the built environment.” She’s expanded the studio president’s skill set beyond creativity and management to marketing, establishing client relationships with all of the project team members and mastering the art of being social, from social networking to social responsibility. She also learned to run—as in running on adrenalin, regularly sending her last ( rst?) emails of the day around 3 a.m. and sketching out ideas in bed before dawn, and running around a construction site in gravity-defying Christian Louboutin heels. And she understands that, even with an envy-inducing portfolio and a pagelong list of awards and professional accolades—including being the only woman in history to be elevated to Fellow by both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association—you’re never too big to fail. “Nobody is going to hand me work because I’m Lauren Rottet. I have to earn every project,” says the founding principal and president of Houston-based

Rottet Studio. “I want the client to know that anyone who hires me gets all of me— that his or her hotel will be created from scratch, not just reinvented from pieces of projects we’ve done before.” When she says “all,” she’s not exaggerating. She researches the client, the market and the brand identity of the hotel. Typically, Rottet stays in the neighborhood around the project for several weeks. She walks the area, observing how the population changes from day to night, visits local hotels, eats at the haunts only locals know, familiarizes herself with the sounds and smells that bring character to the environs and homes in on the aspects that make the lifestyle and cultural scene unique. “What differentiates Lauren is her complete immersion in the setting,” says David Davis, Rottet Studio’s managing principal and, like most of her core staff, a long-time collaborator. “When she works with an owner, her participation in the process is all-encompassing. She doesn’t arrive at any project with preconceived notions about what will work. More than anything, her effectiveness is based on her ability to listen.” Rottet takes information and inspiration—both her own and that of her staff—and writes a plot for each commis-

residential specialist Fisher Friedman Associates (San Francisco), Rottet joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), (Chicago and Houston of ces), working as an architect before being tapped to launch and head up SOM’s newly created interiors practice in Los Angeles. She moved on to form Keating Mann Jernigan Rottet with several colleagues from SOM. In 1994, Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall (DMJM) acquired the rm Rottet was working at and created DMJM Rottet. DMJM, a subsidiary of AECOM, went public in May 2007. Rottet separated from AECOM a year later to form the privately held Rottet Studio.
SPECIAL SKILLS Rottet’s studies as

an art major not only in uences her design work but earned her illustration, “Olympia Center, Rendering of Chicago Avenue Elevation,” a place in the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. She curated an exhibition on “Imperative Design” at the Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston in 2008. The show was the rst of its kind to feature furniture as ne art in an internationally recognized contemporary art gallery. She also designed a line of casegoods for Halcon, the Abacus Collection, which received a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. Her casegoods line for Bernhardt, Shift, earned a Best of NeoCon Gold Award.
INSPIRATIONS Art, architecture, theater, psychology, fashion and landscapes, especially the ocean. WHAT HER STAFF DOESN’T KNOW

“I’m at my most creative very early in the morning. I sometimes think through an entire project before the sun comes up. I just hope no one calls me that early. I don’t like to talk before about 7:30 a.m.”

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Boutique Design - January/February 2012
From the Editor
Contents
Boutique Design Editorial Advisory Board
In This Issue
Boutique Buzz
Call for Nominations: The Boutique 18
Novel Approach
Boutique’s Elite
Twelve Timely Trends
Worlds Apart
Vendor Profile: Hellman-Chang
DreamBook: Game On
Seating
Flooring
The Last Detail: Honeycomb restaurant
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - From the Editor
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Contents
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 5
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Boutique Design Editorial Advisory Board
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - In This Issue
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Boutique Buzz
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Call for Nominations: The Boutique 18
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Novel Approach
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Boutique’s Elite
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Twelve Timely Trends
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Worlds Apart
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Vendor Profile: Hellman-Chang
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - DreamBook: Game On
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