The League of Women Voters invites the community to Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m., Dec. 16 at Mesa Public Library.
The speaker is Anne Laurent, LEED certified, licensed architect, is director of the Los Alamos County Community and Economic Development Department and in charge of Capital Projects. She will address the County’s comprehensive plan – what is happening, what needs to happen, and how the public will be involved.
Laurent earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Rhode Island School of Design. She worked in private architecture in Arizona focusing on K-12 school design. She later moved to Michigan after her husband Steve Laurent applied and got accepted into law school, with a full scholarship. At that point, Laurent went to work for the Grand Rapids Transit Authority. She eventually became studio manager for a full service private architecture / engineering firm working on a variety of commercial and governmental projects.
She moved in 2008 with her husband and two children to Los Alamos. The Laurent’s love for the Southwest is what brought them to New Mexico in what Laurent describes as a happy accident. The couple had toyed with the idea of returning to the Southwest. One day Laurent was surfing the website of the American Institute of Architects and saw the job posting for the Capital Projects and Facilities director in Los Alamos County. She e-mailed the information to her husband, and he supported her applying for the position. The rest is history.
Where her career is concerned, Laurent feels like she’s taken a bit from her mom, who is an artist, and a bit from her dad, who is an engineer, and combined those two aspects into being an architect.
To purchase a lunch from the Co-op for Laurant’s talk, contact Karyl Ann armbruster at 505.661.6605 or email her at email@example.com to get information about ordering. Lunches are $10. She must have all orders by Saturday Dec. 16. Ordering lunch is not required to attend the talk.