Laura Wagner
Laura Wagner joined FDA in December 2016 as a designer in the firm's planning department. She was previously an associate at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners where she worked on competitions and designs for cultural institutions, as well as office towers. She has experience in lobby and curtain wall design in addition to project coordination. She is currently working on the Seattle Rep PONCHO Forum renovation, among other projects.

Laura received her Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture in 2012. At Yale, she had the opportunity to participate in Frank Gehry's studio to design a flexible theater -- using retractable, bleacher-style seating to create different types and scales of performance space throughout the building -- in Lucerne Switzerland. Out of this studio she developed a great interest theater and performance space design, and is excited to be bringing her skills and enthusiasm to FDA. While in graduate school Laura also had the opportunity to work on the documentation of a unique modernist theater in Cambodia. The National Theater, designed by Vann Molyvann in the 1960s, was demolished in the early 2000s. The project was an effort to reproduce the original design documentation and models of this theater for inclusion in an exhibition at the French Cultural Center in Phnom Penh.

More recently, she worked on a competition with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners for a performing arts high school that required three theaters in a renovation and addition to an historic building. It was a challenge to respectfully integrate the new performance program with the portico and much-loved front lawn of the existing structure. For this project, she modeled the theaters entirely in Revit.

In the past, Laura also worked as an artist, having studied printmaking at Brown University. She has had work in various group shows and a solo show in Philadelphia. Laura currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband Aaron Keller, an actor, who keeps her well informed of his favorite performance spaces. She enjoys hand sketching, and spends as much time as possible outside drawing New York City; running in Prospect Park; and visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on the weekends.