LaidlawSchultz Architects creates engaging and realizable design solutions that mutually support each project’s intended use and contribute to its surroundings. With an emphasis on site-specific solutions, unique programmatic resolution, appropriate material selection and fastidious detailing, Laidlaw Schultz’s primary goal is to always solve client criteria in a significant way. Never drawing a line between indoors and out, the work is always concerned with creating a cohesive whole, a project that is fully realized. Whether residential or commercial, the solutions are unique yet timeless, resulting in architecture that is rich in meaning, thoughtful in approach, and poetic in its rendering.  



Scott Laidlaw

Master of Architecture, Columbia University
Bachelor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Architectural License, State of California
Corona del Mar Business Improvement District, member
A native Southern Californian, he has practiced architecture in numerous major metropolitan areas including LosAngeles, San Francisco and New York City. Scott’s project management and design experience spans over 30 years of unique projects ranging from one-of-a-kind furniture designs to corporate headquarters and presidential libraries. Scott possesses a unique and invaluable knowledge in planning and critical community development expertise.  

Craig Schultz

Master of Architecture, Yale University
Bachelor of Architecture – Magna cum Laude, Kansas State University
Architectural License, State of California
LEED AP – US Green Building Council
Chairman – Professional Advisory Board, Kansas State University
With an emphasis in project design, documentation, and management, Craig has been involved with firms in London, England; New York; Kansas City; and Los Angeles. His emphasis on design— with a decisive eye toward context, critical thought, and aesthetic demands— has led to engaging solutions that continue to be inspiring, mindful, and critically praised. Craig has has over 25 years of experience and has lectured on architecture and meaning throughout the United States.

Key Personnel


Kathy Troutfetter

Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Kansas State University
AREA Architecture, Los Angeles
ISI (Epstein Global), New York
With over 25 years of experience in exclusive corporate interior design and high end residential interiors, Kathy Troutfetter brings a breadth of knowledge and unsurpassed experience to Laidlaw Schultz architects. With involvement in projects from New York to Kuwait, Ms. Troutfetter’s expertise and aesthetic ability helps to bring another level to Laidlaw Schultz architects interiors - she has become an invaluable member to the firm.
Andrew Heermann
Natalia Biron
Cheryl Laidlaw
Matthew Wilson


Since LSA’s founding in 1992, partners Scott Laidlaw and Craig Schultz have completed successful projects of considerable size and complexity. These include academic campus sites such as the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles; and business campuses such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox Studios, and Warner Bros. Studios. Projects within critical urban contexts include the Port Theater and The Crossing church complex; and residential work includes the Moore Ranch, Argyros vacation home, and Brown residence.
A multi-disciplinary firm encompassing both architecture and interior design, Laidlaw Schultz’s approach is not bound by scale and has lead to equally successful projects ranging in size from rugs to ranches, powder rooms to power plants. Never dogmatic in their approach, Laidlaw Schultz Architects is devoted to understanding a client’s wishes — while at the same time being cognizant of budgets, schedules and environmental issues — and finding a solution that addresses those needs as well as transforms them.
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