A native Southern Californian, Lauren grew up in Laguna Beach and pursued an early interest in architecture and the arts upon attending U.C. Berkeley, from which she holds a degree in Architecture, having graduated with honors in 2002.
Lauren obtained her license to practice architecture at the age of 28 from the California Architects Board, after becoming a LEED Accredited Professional in 2006, at age 25. After working in several large, prominent firms in Orange County, including LPA, Inc. and Bassenian Lagoni Architects, Lauren started her own firm, Moss Yaw Design studio, or MYD studio, based in Aliso Viejo in 2009, and currently has several projects built and under construction in the area, as well as a number of new residential projects in Washington state and Hawaii underway.
In addition to being a professionally licensed architect (#C-32110), Lauren is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), as well as a LEED Accredited Professional, with a specialty in Building Design and Construction (BD+C). In addition to having her own firm and projects, Lauren has contributed her time and expertise as an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Orange County Chapter, serving on the Steering Committee for the past several years, as well as the Education Committee for over five years as Communications Liaison, working closely with the Chapter's Operations Manager and Executive Director on Chapter outreach.
Her own practice, shared with Jason Yaw, MYD studio values community involvement and giving back by providing pro-bono architectural design and coordination services, such as that for San Juan Capistrano’s Ecology Center, a non-profit providing solutions-based educational exhibits aimed at teaching students and community members about environmental impacts and sustainable living practices. MYD designed a solar/living roof structure for the organization and secured in-kind and service donations from both vendors and colleagues to complete the project, which now serves to engage visitors, educating them about the benefits of renewable energy, with the opportunity to view a photovoltaic system in action.
Because of her enthusiasm for architecture, design and community involvement, Lauren sees her professional and community-service work in architecture as an essential component within her life, and supplements professional practice with self-study in the forms of building tours, research, writing, and photography. For Lauren, there isn’t great distinction between ‘work’ and ‘life’, as creating, building and learning have been an integral part of her from a young age, and she thoroughly enjoys working with clients and colleagues in a collaborative, problem-solving and innovative environment.
Other interests include travel and art, in addition to photography and writing; Lauren also maintains her own blog about architecture, art, travel and design, and guest blogs on the subject of sustainable design for other sites.