Paul Lawton, AIA, LEED AP, ALEP

Vice President, Architecture


Paul’s exceptional design skills are second only to his strengths as a project leader. After gaining several years of professional experience with two highly recognized Chicago area architectural firms, Paul brought his aptitude and experience to ISG as a Senior Project Architect. With significant expertise in the planning and design of government, civic, commercial, medical, and education projects, Paul is highly regarded for not only his outstanding design skills, but also his dynamic leadership and project management abilities.

A LEED Accredited Professional, Paul helps lead ISG’s sustainable design practice and has completed numerous LEED certified and high-performance building projects. In his role as designer and project manager, Paul’s attention to detail and enthusiastic client communication ensures that projects reflect each client’s vision, creating spaces that are interactive, functional, and cost-effective. Effective presentation skills, along with 3D imaging and rendering experience, allow Paul to clearly communicate design intent to clients and contractors alike, offering custom services that exceed expectations. Paul takes into account the needs of each facility, with special consideration dedicated to human and vehicle circulation concerns. Adaptable and dedicated, Paul meets project challenges with innovative solutions that accommodate clients, meet regulations, and remain economically feasible.

As of 2018, Paul became the fourth Minnesota licensed architect to be certified as an Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP). The ALEP credential was designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify those in the educational environment industry who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of educational facility planning. The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where students learn. A4LE embraces a diverse group of professionals with a single goal – building healthy, safe, high-performance, and sustainable learning environments that enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality.

Managing large-scale and high-profile work, Paul continuously seeks opportunities to grow as a professional at both local and national levels. He increases his knowledge of cutting-edge architecture as an active member of the American Institute of Architects, as well as several local institutes and non-profits. Paul received a Bachelor of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology, and is a registered architect in 17 states with more than 10 years of professional experience.


Expertise: Architecture

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