Lasater's passion for creating meaningful spaces stems from his belief that a person's living environment has a direct impact on their well-being – an outlook that has been gaining traction as the pandemic has forced us to spend more time at home. “There was not a real awareness that your built environment does affect you at a very meaningful level every single day,” Lasater says. “After being stuck at home for 18 months, I'm sure people understand that now. That's why we're getting so many calls from people to fix their houses. It's great because it just reinforces what we're always trying to say: If you would trust an architect like us, who understands how to manage the built environment, your living experiences will be better.”
For Lasater, the final pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are space, proportion, light and material. Balancing these four pieces is what he defines as good architecture, and what he strives for with every project.
As for an ideal project, he doesn’t have one. “I have a rule in our office: We don't look for ideal projects. We look for ideal clients,” Lasater says. He describes that client as someone who values and understands the services his firm provides. “They trust in us to be able to deliver something for them, and they give us the latitude to explore ideas that are very different from what they may have expected,” Lasater says. “Everyone comes with a preconceived idea about what their home should or shouldn't be. Our job is to help them remove those preconceptions, and explore opportunities for things that might be radically different than what they'd imagined.”