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Wendy Rogers

By Tamirra StewartPublished: March 01, 2010

Principal Designer, LPA Inc.
Irvine
lpainc.com

Age: 44
City of residence: Anaheim Hills
Family: Two children, a 17-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter; and two cocker spaniels. My husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.
First job: This is my first job!
Who or what inspires you: The people whom I work with – we have some amazing talent. Everyone is pushing to do their best.
Advice to other women in business: Have a passion for what you do. It’s really hard to take care of everything. You have to be the right kind of mom, the right kind of everything. Just have passion in it.
Last movie you watched: “Invictus”



« Design? Check. Sustainability? Check. Design and sustainability in Orange County schools? Not so fast.
   
“There are only three green public schools in all of Orange County,” Wendy Rogers says.
   
An architect with LPA Inc. for 22 years, she represents Orange County as a green schools advocate for the U.S. Green Building Council. Rogers is one of two female principal designers at LPA, which currently ranks among the nation’s top green design firms, and she specializes in the integration of design and education in schools.
   
In 2009, she co-authored “The LPA Green School Primer: Lessons in Sustainability.” She has received media attention from, among others, “CNN Headline News,” the Orange County Register, Architectural Products magazine and the San Diego Union-Tribune. She is determined to meet her lifetime goal: to make every school green.



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