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David E. Lawson, American architect. Licensed architect Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa, Michigan Pennsylvania. Named Dane County's Top Architectural Executive, Madison Magazines Survey of 1000 Business Leaders, 1994.


Lawson, David E. was born on April 12, 1937 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Ralph E. and Guida (Mahon) Lawson.


Bachelor of Architecture, University Illinois, 1960.


Architectural intern Tannenbaum & Koehnen, Milwaukee, 1961-1963. Project manager Cashin & Goodwin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1963-1964. Project architect Law Law Potter & Nystrom, 1964-1966.

Executive vice president Potter Lawson Architects, 1966-1995, president, Chief Executive Officer, since 1995. Board directors Associated Randall Bank, Madison, Downtown Madison Partners Inc.


  • Licensed architect Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa, Michigan Pennsylvania.


  • Other Work

    • Architect: McPhee Physical Education Building, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 1970 (Honor award Wisconsin Society Architect), Wisconsin Power and Light Control Center, 1977 (Honor award Wisconsin Society Architect).


Member City of Madison Urban Design Task Force, 1973. Chairman Architectural Engineering Division Dame County (Wisconsin) United Way, 1981. Board directors Friends University Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison, 1977-1980.

Fellow American Institute of Architects (board directors 1983-1985, vice president 1986, chairman government affairs advisory board, national registration law advisory task force, 1979-1988, chairman American Institute of Architects design build task force 1989-1991). Member Wisconsin Society Architects (chairman legislation com 1974-1981, vice president, president elect 1977, president 1978, recipient first Golden award for distinguished service to profession 1985), National Architectural Accrediting Board (executive committee 1987-1988), Madison Club (board directors 1988-1992, vice president 1989-1990, president 1990-1991), Nakoma Country Club.


Married Mary A. Gease, December 29, 1984. Children from previous marriage: Eric, Kent, Keith.

Ralph E. Lawson

Guida (Mahon) Lawson

Mary A. Gease