Magazine article Management Today

MT Travel: Globetrotter

Magazine article Management Today

MT Travel: Globetrotter

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Debra Lehman-Smith, a partner at architects and interior designers LSM, enjoys a bit of luxury.

- Where do you travel?

Our office is based in Washington, DC but we're fortunate enough to have an international client base. In a typical month, I spend about 40% of my time abroad. I go to London and Italy a lot; we're also just finishing a project in Seoul, and we're working on the Doha convention centre in Qatar, so I also travel further east a fair bit.

- What do you do when you get there?

We've been working with some of our clients for more than 20 years and they've become great friends. So I'll catch up with them over dinner or we'll visit a museum. We put a lot of effort into preparing a trip - we always make time to explore. Walking around Doha, for example, is a great way to understand the city and culture, and it really helps us with the designs.

- Favourite city?

I love London right now. It's dynamic, easy to travel to and from, and it's become like a second home. We're currently doing the work for 62 Buckingham Gate in Victoria, so I'll be coming back quite a bit this year. In terms of architecture, I love Rome - and Florence (pictured) is beautiful too.

- Favourite restaurant? …

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