Lance Simon, Design Principal, EGAN|SIMON Architecture, has been appointed as the newest member of the Shelter Partnership Board of Directors.
Shelter Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating, preventing and ending homelessness by assisting in the development of short-term and transitional housing programs, affordable housing, and supportive services for the homeless and potentially homeless throughout Los Angeles County. Shelter Partnership was started in 1985.
The son of Letcher County native Mary Elizabeth Simon, and grandson of Raymond and Irene Smith, Lance Simon spent his summers in eastern Kentucky where he witnessed firsthand the profound effects poverty and the lack of opportunities can have on people and society. This experience, he says, shaped his career as an architect, focusing him on giving back through creating environments that revitalize neighborhoods and provide stability, health and well being for individuals.
Simon began his career at Richardson Associates Architects where he was a designer of the latest Letcher County Courthouse. Now as the Principal and the Director of Design at EGAN|SIMON architecture, he realizes that when people have a passion for their work, they can “profit by doing good.”
Simon now combines his love of community with his creative design skills to primarily focus on work for non-profit housing organizations in Southern California. He has been responsible for award-winning work for Shelter Partnership, A Community of Friends, Step Up on Second, Clifford Beers Housing and many others.
“I am honored to furthering the cause of ending homelessness and being part of the solution to giving back to our community through Shelter Partnership,” says Simon.
Simon is constantly researching fields outside of architecture and is committed to exceeding the expectations of clients by deeply exploring their needs and translating them into unique, inspiring spaces, he says. He is a leader in sustainable design that not only reduces owners’ operating costs, but supports a healthier environment for the community and building residents.
Because of this expertise, Simon was recently invited by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) to present at the Dwell on Design conference. The presentation, Pro Bono: How Design is Reinventing Los Angeles, was made to inspire designers to “do something bigger” than their own interests in order to improve their communities .
Simon has expertise in affordable housing, highrise, mixed-use developments, high-end residential and financial institutions and commercial offices.
To learn more about the Shelter Partnership, visit shelterpartnership.org/Default.aspx.