LPA Elevates New Class of Firm Leaders

Three new Associates will help lead the integrated design firm into the future.

LPA has expanded its team of leaders with the addition of three new Associates, who will help guide the integrated design firm’s continued growth and expansion.

The promoted leaders represent different areas of LPA’s integrated practice, reflecting the diverse disciplines and skill sets developing in the firm. They are Darcie Gumbayan, Project Services Manager, Education; Albert Lam, Project Manager, Education; and Greg Schneekluth, Regional Managing Director, Healthcare.

“These new associates have varying roles, but they share the ability to lead while bringing out the best in others,” says LPA CEO Wendy Rogers. “Their passion and dedication will strengthen LPA’s growing national influence as a diverse, integrated design firm.”

The new Associates advance LPA’s development of a new generation of talent to lead the 58-year-old firm into the future. Associates take an active role in shaping the company’s mission and work to support its education, diversity and community outreach, as well as LPA’s industry-leading work to reduce the energy use of its projects.

Each of the new leaders brings unique skills and experience to their roles.


Darcie Gumbayan, LEED AP BD+C
Project Services Manager, Education

Darcie Gumbayan manages LPA’s Project Services department for K-12 and higher education, overseeing the quality, policy, funding, and state agency approval processes. In the last several years, she has expanded the department’s focus to become a true, collaborative partner to clients. She goes beyond the responsibilities of an agency liaison to maintain and grow relationships with clients.


Albert Lam, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager, Education

Albert Lam is a licensed architect and project manager specializing in K-12 schools. His calm leadership, meticulous attention to detail and communication skills have helped him guide some of LPA’s most complex and challenging projects. He excels at understanding the goals of each design, keeping teams accountable, and working closely with stakeholders to envision and deliver impactful, 21st century learning environments.


Greg Schneekluth, AIA, ASHE, CDT
Regional Managing Director, Healthcare

Greg has built a career on deep expertise and knowledge of the challenges facing the healthcare industry. He has a gift for building client relationships and mentoring his teammates in LPA’s growing healthcare practice. Often referenced as a “coach,” he strikes a delicate balance between guidance and encouragement while challenging and pushing to grow LPA’s cross-studio healthcare practice.