Lawrence R. Armstrong

Lawrence has an unique, diverse design background, and embodies a renaissance approach to life. He is not only a talented artist, but an accomplished architect, designer and CEO of a dynamic, international architecture firm, Ware Malcomb. (

Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb provides planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design and site development services. In 1992, Lawrence and his partner bought the firm from the original owners. Since then, he has led the firm in its successful growth and evolution. Ware Malcomb is considered a leader in design for the commercial real estate industry. The firm has 11 offices in the United States, Canada, and Panama.

Lawrence is well known for his strategic, visionary approach to design and business. His focus on creativity and innovation influence all of his artistic endeavors. Lawrence is inspired by modern architects and artists. He keeps many sketch books based on observations and ideas. When Lawrence is not running his architectural practice, he is working in his art studio or traveling with his camera and sketchbooks. His international travels have influenced his art as well. He has traveled extensively throughout the world including North America, Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Middle East.

Lawrence received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree (1980) and Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1979) from Kent State University, where he also spent a semester studying abroad in Italy. He is a licensed architect in over 40 states and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accredited professional through the USGBC (United States Green Building Council.)

Lawrence has been a guest lecturer for USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Graduate Real Estate Program. He was a Design Juror for the Fourth Year Integrated Design Project for Kent State University. Lawrence has been a speaker on a variety of panels for NAIOP and other commercial real estate groups. He has been published in a variety of media including OC Metro, Real Estate Business Online, Development Magazine and Professional Report Magazine.

For his accomplishments as CEO, Lawrence was recognized as an Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner & National Finalist in 2008.

For personal art and design, Lawrence has received these individual awards:
- Award, Shaker Square Circle within a Square Design Competition, Cleveland
- Award, Terminal Tower Design Competition
- Award, OC Design Community Art Exhibition


Layered Canvas

My work, both in Art and Architecture, is an ongoing exploration of the concept of Layers. I have always been aware of, and fascinated by Layers in the Natural and Built Environment. Layers in Space and Time. Layers in Intellect, in Emotion. Synthesis and Interpenetration of Form, of Solid and Void, of Chaos and Order, of Simplicity and Complexity.

Order “Order”

order | 06.09
layered canvas | acrylic | wood 35" x 33"


canvas | acrylic | wood | 24” x 24” | 2 lbs

laurel 2.0 “laurel 2.0”

canvas | acrylic | wood 24" x 24"

orb 2.0 “orb 2.0”

canvas | acrylic | wood 24" x 24"

providence 2.0 “providence 2.0”

canvas | acrylic | wood 24" x 24"

triniti 2.0 “triniti 2.0”

canvas | acrylic | wood 24" x 24"