LD: What are you looking forward to
doing in Raleigh during your time at the
Laboratory Design Conference?
ME: I am looking forward to touring
my coworkers through the UNC Chapel
Hill Campus to visit the science buildings
I worked on many years ago. I am curious
to see how they have aged and how the
programs have evolved.
Christopher Small, PE, LEED AP, is an Associate with Clark Nexsen. His session is called,
“Glass Laboratories: R&D Greenhouses.”
LD: Who is your mentor/inspiration
Christopher Small: It’s hard to say one
individual that has inspired me the most. I
have been fortunate to work with many creative and talented individuals over the years
that inspire me to learn more and seek out
new challenges within the design field. Ultimately, my dad is my greatest inspiration.
He was in a completely different industry
in commercial banking but his work ethic
and loyalty inspire me. He worked for one
of the largest banks in the world for nearly
40 years and over that time it grew from a
small local bank in North Carolina to the
second largest in the U.S. It wasn’t always
good times but he persevered and can look
back and be proud of what he accomplished
during his career. I hope to be able to do the
same when I retire!
LD: If you had to do something else for
a living, what would it be?
CS: Flipping houses. I tinker with DIY
projects around the house and really
enjoy the sense of accomplishment you
get when completing a project with your
own two hands.
Don Kranbuehl, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C,
is a Senior Architect, Associate Principal with
Clark Nexsen in Raleigh. He is also Assistant
Professor of Practice, Architecture at NC State
University’s School of Design. Don will be
speaking on the topic of “Creating Community and Connectivity in Lab Design.”
LD: How did you decide on your
Don Kranbuehl (DK): My decision to
become an architect was based on many
factors but grew primarily from my interests in art and music as well as science.
My two main hobbies as a child were
painting and playing in jazz and rock
bands, and these created a foundation for
thinking visually and learning to design
through art and music.
LD: What is a typical day at work like
DK: There is no typical day—which is
good. My “typical” activities range from
meeting with clients, working on the design
of a project with a team of architects and
engineers, walking a job site and teaching an
architecture design studio at NC State.
Roger Goldstein, FAIA, LEED AP, is a
Principal/Science and Technology Practice
Leader at Goody Clancy. As a Principal and
a member of the staff for over 37 years,
Roger has played a leadership role in Goody
Clancy’s work on major college and university projects for both the renovation of older
buildings and new construction. Roger will
be delivering a session entitled “Best Practices for Achieving Flexibility and Enhancing
LD: What made you decide to join the
faculty of the Laboratory Design Conference?
Roger Goldstein (RG): My colleagues and
I are very proud of the work we do, and of
the satisfied clients with whom we collaborate. The LDC is a perfect venue in which to
share what we’ve learned and help advance
the profession and lab design.
LD: What do you like to do in your
RG: I am a dedicated recreational road
cyclist, including participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a two-day, 192-mile ride
across Massachusetts to benefit cancer
research. This summer will be my 20th
PMC ride and I am proud to have raised
more than $150,000 in that time.
Martin Lu, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, is an
Associate at Wilson Architects in Boston.
He and his colleagues Jacob Werner and
Matt Ellsworth will be presenting the
“Getting What You Pay For: The Value of
Lab Mock-ups” workshop.
LD: If you could give one piece of advice
to others in your field, what would it be?
Martin Lu (ML): Negotiating in the field
is an art form; it is not taught in any class.
Being in the field for a number of projects,
I have witnessed how useful this skill is.
Intrigued, I have researched and looked for
ways to improve but I find that the best way
is to practice. I am also currently reading a
book called How to Get Past No.
LD: Can you describe a funny or exciting moment in your career?
ML: An exciting moment for me is the
ribbon cutting ceremony at the end of a
project. It is the finished product of everyone’s hard work; all the team members are
there to experience and tour the building.
I find the ceremony one of the most rewarding experiences because I am able to
hear what the project will do for them and
how the spaces will be used.
Don Kranbuehl, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Martin Lu, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C
Roger Goldstein, FAIA, LEED AP
Christopher Small, PE, LEED AP