David Lambert Obituary, Death – LAMBERT Architecture + Interiors regrets to inform you of the death of our founder, David Lambert. He founded the business in 1989 and built it from a one-man operation in his sister-in-law’s basement to a huge regional enterprise that serves numerous Fortune 500 corporations.
David founded LAI with the goal of offering the best professional design services while keeping his word. The company has prospered to this day by adhering to those ideals. “Project Woodenshoe” – David was a key member of the team that worked on this code-named secret project to relocate Southern National Bank’s corporate headquarters from Lumberton, North Carolina to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Image 2 depicts LAI’s master plan for its future headquarters at the One Triad Plaza skyscraper in downtown Raleigh. Image 3 depicts the tower’s Board Room. LAI established hundreds of branch banks, regional bank headquarters, corporate offices, and support facilities throughout the Southeast, beginning with Southern National Bank and continuing until its merger with BB&T.
Allegacy Federal Credit Union, Piedmont Federal Savings and Loan Association, and the Bank of North Carolina, now Pinnacle Financial, have all joined the client list. Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. – When KKDC began franchising in the 1980s, David led the design of a new generation of “factory stores” with new proprietors. The new store design built on the prior sites’ history by accentuating the “doughnut theatre,” which captivated generations of youngsters and parents. This design is well renowned for popularizing the neon “HOT DOUGNUTS NOW” sign. Image 8 – In the early 2000s, Krispy Kreme began an ambitious international growth based on its home success. LAI aided in the development of design principles for use in its worldwide locations, which include, among others, Moscow, Jeddah, Bogota, and the Dominican Republic.
Figures 9–10 Lowes Companies need Wilkes County office space as it grew into a national brand in the early 1990s. David had the idea to buy and rebuild a failing shopping center while working with Lowe’s management. LAI devised the conversion of the entire 440,000 SF property into a new corporate headquarters and extensively renovated the site in phases over a 5-year period. Lowes continues to use the facilities after 30 years. After retiring at the end of 2015, David and his beloved wife Kaye were able to spend their final years together traveling and bringing grandchildren into their family. Kaye was a natural hostess at company events, and she is most known for her pleasant interactions with employees and their families. Our thoughts are with her and their sons, Trey and John. On Sunday, May 21st, at 2 p.m., a memorial service for David will be conducted at Centenary United Methodist Church.