Laura Dotson

Freelance Architectural Illustrator & Artist

Location:Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
2 Skills
Professional Experience
1997-present Cooper Dotson Design Greensboro, NC
Owner/ Designer
Method includes initial project time dedicated to understanding the business mission of the client, future business goals and projected use of their environment. Firm’s focus is in commercial interiors including retail, hospitality, medical, and office environments as well as photo set design. Renderings and drawings of potential environments are done by hand to best communicate with clients.

1986-1994 Wachovia Corporation
Project Manager Winston-Salem, NC
Designed and tested additions to the Wachovia retail computer system from an end-user perspective, enabling more effective and efficient workflow. Worked alongside training staff on development of computer based and classroom training for the retail banking staff for these additions. Projects included Visa Debit Card, Brokerage Account, and the on-line loan application.

Branch Manager Hickory, NC
Managed the banking relationships of individuals and major home furnishings companies in Hickory, NC. Developed and managed a budget of $420 million and supervised 12 individuals.


2012 NC Agricultural & Technical University Greensboro, NC
Masters in the Art of Teaching

1998 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
Awarded Bachelor of Science degree in interior architecture in a 5-year curriculum.
Exposed primarily to modernist theory while gaining practical experience in lighting, materials appropriation, and structural aspects of commercial and residential design.

1996 Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture London, England
One of twenty-three international students chosen from 500 applications to participate in intense program emphasizing the integration of traditional craft, and building design into a civilized landscape. Chosen by fellow students to publicly present the group’s urban proposal for the City of Richmond. Tutors included HRH The Prince of Wales, William Cecil, Jacqueline Robertson, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Andres Duany.

1986 Salem College Winston-Salem, NC
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Management

Additional Professional Accomplishments
2008 Co-Author of a doctor/patient book with the Dr Kenneth Koch, Section Head, Gastroenterology at Wake Forest Baptist Health Center. Book is written as a guidebook for living and eating for the 98 million people in the US suffering from acute and chronic gastrointestinal discomfort and disease.

1997 Museum of Early Southern Decorative Art Winston-Salem, NC
Participated in the graduate-level MESDA Summer Institute. Studied the decorative arts of the backcountry region of the Southern United States covering the period of 1680-1820.

1994 Old Salem Archeology Field Study Winston-Salem, NC
Participated in graduate-level dig in 18th century congregational town at site adjacent to the John Blum House, original publisher of the famous, still-existing Blum’s Almanac.
Skills (2) Rating
Architectural Illustration