Lami Grubb Architects and Glance & Associates Merge, Forming One of the Region’s Largest Architecture Firms

04.15.2014 / Firm News

Lami Grubb Architects (LGA) and Glance & Associates, two of Pittsburgh’s most prominent and fastest growing architecture firms, are merging. Jonathan Glance of Glance & Associates will join LGA partners Suzan Lami, Robert Grubb and Paulette Burns as the new organization’s fourth partner.

LGA has long been a leader in education, multi-family residential, community and healthcare design. Also one of the nation’s premier retail, airport retail and restaurant design firms, LGA has made an impact on almost every major airport in the United States. At Pittsburgh International, their nearly 100 completed projects include the Spirit of the Red Horse and the Metalsmiths Sterling stores, and the City of Bridges Café. LGA was recently tapped to design 12 new Pittsburgh International retail spaces and to redesign the airport’s center core concourse.

Glance & Associates is a regional authority in liturgical, academic, multi-family residential and community design as well as historic preservation. Mr. Glance, whose father founded Glance & Associates in 1975, became the firm’s president in 2009. Under his leadership, the office grew from one to five employees and more than tripled its revenues. He will continue to work closely with such longstanding clients as the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 

Recently his expertise in academic architecture and historic preservation enabled Pittsburgh’s Oakland Catholic High School to save millions of dollars by renovating its St. Joan of Arc Building rather than initiating new construction. That success led to two major projects, both at Sewickley Academy: renovation of the Oliver Science Building, now in progress, and construction of a new event center and alumni gym, scheduled to start next year.

“Joining forces with Glance & Associates seemed like a natural fit because we are both committed to exceptional customer service,” Ms. Lami said today. “We think Jonathan and his team will help diversify and strengthen our current projects, enhance our business development efforts and offer a fresh approach to design.” Ms. Lami founded her firm 20 years ago. Robert Grubb joined her as a partner in 1995, followed in 2004 by Paulette Burns, who became a partner in 2013.

“I have always admired Lami Grubb Architects, and I believe this merger will be a great opportunity for our clients,” said Mr. Glance. “It will provide our clients with additional support staff to take on multiple and more complex projects, while maintaining the personal service that they have come to expect from our firm.”

The combined firm includes 10 licensed architects and a support staff of 45. According to Ms. Lami, “We will continue to be inspired by our clients to design spaces that draw people in and draw out the best in people.” 

Click here to read about the merger in the Pittsburgh Business Times.