EYP Architecture & Engineering announced that Laura Vargas, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined the firm’s Houston office as project director. In this role, Vargas will oversee the effective delivery of projects, including design and technical excellence and profitability. Vargas will also be responsible for maintaining positive client relations through successful project delivery.

Vargas brings over a decade of experience in planning, programming, design and project management to EYP. Her specialized laboratory planning expertise will directly benefit the firm’s science and technology and higher education clients. As a skillful leader, Vargas is dedicated to building strong relationships with her clients and assisting them in turning their visions into reality.

“Laura’s leadership in project management and lab planning across multiple market sectors makes her one of the most versatile people in our Houston office,” said Andy Albin, Project Executive. “Her clients rave about their interaction with her and their success together on large, highly-technical projects.”

Prior to joining EYP, Vargas was with Kirksey Architecture in Houston. While there, she was responsible for all aspects of project management including programming, design, consultant coordination, and client relations. Vargas has proven her expertise in lab design and project delivery through her work on over two million square feet of specialized laboratory projects for high-profile clients including Shell Global, the University of Houston System, and the Dow Chemical Company.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to build strong relationships with a variety of clients and further expanding our range of laboratory design expertise,” said Vargas. “Helping people has always been my passion and is my number one priority. EYP has given me the opportunity to expand my pursuit of this passion by helping clients achieve successful results that reflect not only their business and academic goals, but also our firm’s dedication to people, purpose and planet.”

Vargas received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston.