The Boston-based practice, founded in 1982, has had two fundamental goals since its inception: to create bold and refined architecture for the public realm and to create a collaborative workplace inclusive of the diverse voices and talents of our colleagues. From the beginning, the work has been intentionally public in nature and attitude, often embedded in the urban fabric. The firm is committed to providing meaningful spaces for human interaction and to promoting social well-being. The first designs were for infrastructure — a building suspended under a bridge in Boston and an airfield maintenance building - which led to more significant projects such as the University of Pennsylvania Gateway Chiller Plant. The public building projects began with small community recreation buildings and neighborhood police stations, and expanded to important civic buildings including state and federal courthouses. The initial renovation projects for universities led to major campus buildings and master planning. In 2007, the American Institute of Architects honored LWA with its Firm Award, the highest distinction it bestows on an architecture firm, and the first women-led firm to be so honored. Since 2014, the office has also been included in the Architect Top 50 national firm rankings. The practice and work have been recognized with over 100 national and regional awards.