We had the good fortune of connecting with Lloyd Lumpkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lloyd, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
I am currently reading a book on Vastu. Having previously been exposed to Feng Shui while i was teaching in Southeast Asia I somehow missed the Classical Indian art of architectural form and space. I find it is renewing my appreciation of spatial awareness and how Architecture influences and effects our well being.
What should our readers know about your business?
We are what I call a Boutique firm and only work on a select few homes each year. We employ only a couple of talented architects and want to make sure we can give each client our complete attention. I try to help my clients “put form to their definition of home”. I advocate an approach that stresses listening carefully to my clients and understanding their preferences, lifestyles, hopes, and dreams. I guide and educate clients away from preconceptions and towards cohesive designs that respect the architectural style they’re pursuing. The homes I design integrate their personalities. Done right, they become a joyful place that perfectly reflects who my clients are – that place they call home.
It has not been easy, while I have a masters in Business I do not enjoy those aspects of having an Architecture Firm. I have learned it is not enough to just Design or produce “good architecture”. You have to take the time to develop relationships and be involved in the community you are working in. I have never sought awards. I have been named one of the top Residential Architects in Dallas and credited for designing some of the most beautiful homes in Dallas but that is not important to me. My clients and their joy with their surroundings are what I find rewarding.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Easy question to fill in the blank as we experience the mental affects of the stay at home Covid-19 Pandemic. Banter and good food at Al Biernat’s on Oak Lawn. A ball game the new Texas Rangers stadium and experience the new entertainment complex. Dancing and live music at The Mansion on Turtle Creek Hotel. Hanging out and drinking Margaritas at the Katy Trail Ice House. Driving my Jag E-type to any of the plentiful car gatherings. An Opera or Symphony at our amazing venues here in Dallas. Live music anywhere!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Long List. We are what our surroundings make us. The education I got from my last employer – Robbie Fusch, The support and encouragement from my Friends, especially my Office mate – Architect, Clint Pearson, My fellow Architects in the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art – especially Wilson Fuqua and Larry Border. The most influential book in my life – The Bible. My Artist friends who believe what i do is Art too! and finally my parents who gave me the freedom to find my own way.
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