Overview

Dallas companies have an eye toward the future, wanting to inspire the next generation’s workforce. Their new offices, designed by Dallas firms, feature flexible work spaces, encouraging independence and collaboration. Many of the spaces have glass interiors and open floor plans to promote natural light, as well as promoting company values, such as transparency and community. Many new headquarters prioritize amenities, like office gyms and luxury recreation areas, understanding that happy employees are loyal employees. Dallas firms offering office interior services are ranked below for their designs of D Magazine’s Coolest Workplaces, their presence in national retail trade journals and websites, and their ability to get the gigs from big-name companies who seem to be moving to Dallas in droves.

Top Architects

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Malone Maxwell Borson Architects

Architects:
Michael Malone
Audrey Maxwell
Bob Borson

Awards:
AIA Dallas Architecture Firm of the Year

Address:
718 N Buckner Boulevard, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75218

Contact:
214-969-5449

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About Malone Maxwell Borson Architects

Malone Maxwell Borson Architects has designed office spaces, residential spaces, and commercial projects and corporate marketing centers since 1992. In 2013, the firm was named Architecture Firm of the Year by AIA Dallas. Founding Principal Michael Malone, FAIA, received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington and was the 2015 resident of the Texas Society of Architects. Malone wrote The Architect’s Guide to Residential Design (McGraw-Hill Education, 2009) and is a frequent contributor to professional journals and a contributing editor for Texas Architecture Magazine. Audrey Maxwell, AIA, who has worked with the firm for seven years, received her Master of Architecture from Arizona State University. In 2009, their fellow rincipal Bob Borson, FAIA, LEED AP, received the Dallas Chapter American Institute of Architects “Young Architect of the Year” award. He has served on several boards and committees for the American Institute of Architecture and the Texas Society of Architects.

Featured Projects

AMMB designed Highland Capital Management’s 42k-square-foot offices to demonstrate the client’s value of transparency. Each conference room and partner office is equipped with a wall that slides open for full access to the team. The space is designed with maple, a sustainable hardwood that lightens the space by reflecting light. The design was featured in Texas Architect magazine in 2013. MMB also designed the Cornerstone Healthcare Group headquarters in Chase Tower, with all glass offices to preserve the stunning views. Light wood finishes complement the open, two-story space with open glass ceilings. The upper floor features unique, curved ceilings, offering a visual break from the typical boxy office space. The active healthcare group, founded in 1990, manages acute care hospitals, senior living, and behavioral health facilities, with over 2,000 employees.

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Jones Commercial Interiors

Architects:
Andy Jones
Debra Hayner

Address:
3900 Willow Street, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75226

Contact:
972-690-3400
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About Jones Commercial Interiors

JCI creates cost-effective design solutions and tenant development services. They serve the office, retail, medical, and industrial sectors. They’ve made a name for themselves working with large spaces, most recently winning the space planning contract for The Offices at The Shops at Clearfork.

Featured Projects

JCI’s own office was named one of the coolest workplaces in Dallas-Fort Worth by D Magazine in 2016. Based out of an industrial building in Deep Ellum, the firm went with a 1940s theme, inspired by when the building was constructed. They made use of the president’s collection of vintage camper trailers by turning them into six private office and meeting spaces. The trailers were renovated using reclaimed lumber and salvaged items, and each contains a deck area. Their office double functions as a rentable event space. The renovation of Providence Realty Advisor’s owner-occupied space was a multi-million-dollar job that included the company’s own offices. They needed the office to feel professional and modern for visitors and clients, but not pretentious. The result was warm lighting, glass walls, soft leather seating, and the highlight: a fresh and cheery red conference table in a windowed room.

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Page

Architects:
Larry Speck

Awards:
Texas Society of Architects Medal for Lifetime Achievement,
AIA Design Award,
AIA Firm of the Year,
Urban Land Institute Houston Development of Distinction Award

Address:
1800 Main Street, Suite 123, Dallas, TX 75201

Contact:
214-522-3900
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About Page

Page is a multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firm with seven offices in the US and overseas, including an office in Dallas. They offer architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and a wide range of consulting services. Page employs six AIA Fellows, and in 2016 They were named AIA Dallas Firm of the Year. They’ve received several AIA and IIDA design awards, among other recognitions. One of the firm’s senior principals, Mattia Flabiano III, AIA, is a member of the City of Dallas Landmark Commission.

Featured Projects

Health Wildcatters is a mentor-driven, seed accelerator program in downtown Dallas. With the goal of serving as an innovation hub and offering valuable co-working space to local entrepreneurs, the company took over the 17k-square-foot top floor of a highrise. The space was designed with various working styles in mind: large collaborative tables, sections with couches, cushions over wooden platforms cover one corner of the space. The multi-use space also includes an open kitchen area. Dwell Magazine named it as one of their six favorite coworking spaces around the world. When United Commercial Realty relocated into a 21k-square-foot downtown penthouse, they asked Page to design a space that was geared toward the future. Everything was designed with communication and collaboration in mind. Low-height workstations work around common circulation paths. The private offices were designed with glass fronts. The break areas for their 104 employees include a large kitchen and wine cellars. Page used mid-20th century classic furniture and LED lighting, as well as a world-class art collection.

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Gensler Dallas

Architects:
Art Gensler
Cindy Simpson
Steven R. Upchurch

Awards:
ENR #1 Green Building Design Firm in Commercial Offices,
Building Design + Construction Giants #1 Office Sector Architecture Firm,
Texas Society of Architects Architecture Firm Award,
Preservation Houston Good Brick Award for Renovation

Address:
Two Lincoln Centre 5420, LBJ Freeway, Suite 1100, Dallas, TX 75240

Contact:
214-273-1500
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About Gensler Dallas

Gensler is an integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm — 5000-plus professionals networked across 44 offices — providing global reach with local touch. Headquartered in San Francisco, their Dallas office works on large commercial architecture, as well as interior design of commercial and corporate spaces around the country. Because of their national reputation, prominent Dallas businesses trust Gensler with their office projects.

Featured Projects

The app developer BottleRocket wanted their personality to come out in their new workplace. Gensler used their signature red throughout the 49,750-square-foot space to unite spaces and branding. Playful to the core, the office’s concrete floors are used by feet and skateboards alike, and the walls double as dry-erase boards. One of the project’s collaborative spaces features cozy seating, with another specifically designed to make music. The spaces were made to be broken up or connected and can also attach to the centrally located kitchen — a flexibility that allows the company to host small or large events using the same space. There’s also a two-story café and party space. BottleRocket’s headquarters was named one of the coolest workplaces in Dallas-Fort Worth by D Magazine in 2016. In 2016, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, a hundred-year-old Dallas law firm with almost 300 employees, made their first move in 30 years to occupy four floors of the Pelli Clark Pelli-designed McKinney and Olive tower. They used the opportunity to renovate their branding, as well and prepare for the next generation of law professionals. Their new space — a very contemporary design — features large permanent art installations, flexible collaborative work and hospitality spaces, and edgy ceiling and wall fixtures that blend industrial and corporate styles with something more akin to a contemporary gallery.

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HKS, Inc

Architects:
Ronald Skaggs
Dan Noble
Billy Hinton

Awards:
AIA Dallas Honor Awards

Address:
350 N Saint Paul Street, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75201

Contact:
214-969-5599

About HKS, Inc

HKS was founded in 1939, when Harwood Smith and his wife Kate formed a practice in Dallas together. Today the Dallas office, with over 550 employees, serves as a headquarters for the firm’s 25 offices located throughout the world. The main office has a diverse portfolio, including corporate headquarters, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, and retail and industrial projects, just to name a few. HKS is the sixth-largest architectural/engineering firm in the United States, according to Building Design+Construction. Some of their most well-known projects include the AT&T Stadium and W Dallas-Victory Hotel and Residences.

Featured Projects

HKS developed the 6,000-square-foot office space for DPR Construction in 2014. Built around the 25-year-old company’s entrepreneurial spirit, the office features an onsite bar where employees celebrate achievements together. Listed among the Best Places to Work by Dallas Business Journal in 2015, at DPR, everyone works together. The space was designed with no individual offices or departmental groupings. A local artist designed the wood walls, salvaged from a turn-of-the-century house that was demolished in Oak Cliff. The firm’s own Dallas Headquarters is a 144k-square-foot building in-house, designed from the architecture to the interior design. The structure received an LEED platinum rating and includes a learning center where the company hosts internal and public events, such as their sustainability-focused “Green Week” symposia. The interiors balance industrial structure with exposed ceilings, metal and concrete floors, and beams with light wood stairways and paneled walls. Modern furnishings keep the space fresh and future-oriented. Natural lighting was prioritized throughout. Designed for maximum flexibility, on each of the seven floors, employees have an average of 18 team tables, eight breakout rooms, 12 layout islands, and four informal collaboration spaces.

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Staffelbach

Architects:
Andre Staffelbach
Jo Staffelbach Heinz

Awards:
ASID Texas Legacy of Design Awards,
Cary M. Maguire Spirit of Ethics Award,
PaperCity Dallas Design Awards

Address:
2525 McKinnon Street, Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75201

Contact:
214-747-2511
http://www.staffelbach.com/contact/

About Staffelbach

Since Andre Staffelbach, FIIDA, founded the firm in Dallas in 1966, it has been a success in the commercial design industry. Staffelbach offers interior design services for office spaces, universities, and specialty spaces such as health facilities, and even the interior of the Dallas Mavericks’ Boeing 757. They also specialize in re-branding services. When it comes to office spaces, from Brazos Investment Group to Red Bull, Staffelbach designs high-quality work environments to suit their diverse clients. Among its notable recognitions, the firm has received many awards from the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and was listed among Interior Design’s Top 100 Interior Design Giants in 2016.

Featured Projects

Staffelbach’s design of the Clarion Partners office received two first-place awards from the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in 2015. The new office is located on the top floor of 17Seventeen McKinney. Glass conference room walls and floor-to-ceiling exterior windows preserve the office’s skyline views of downtown and refreshing, natural light. Workstations are broken into neighborhoods for noise management and maximum team functionality. Amenities include a private study for partners, and a multifunctional café, which can be used for trainings and other event functions. Ackerman McQueen, an advertising agency, needed a space that matched the agency’s sleek branding. Starting with two porcelain tile colors in the reception area, the design is split into dark and light sections. A skywalk offers floor-to-ceiling views of the skyline and connects the lobby to executive spaces. A presentation room uses automatic window coverings to block light from the panoramic windows. In 2014, the office design won two second-place awards from ASID. The firm’s design of the TopGolf headquarters also received an honorable mention in 2014.

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BOKAPowell

Architects:
Chris W. Barnes
John E. Orfield
R. Andrew Bennett

Awards:
Dallas Business Journal Best Urban Office Project,
TEXO Distinguished Building Award

Address:
8070 Park Lane, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75231

Contact:
972-701-9000
[email protected]

About BOKAPowell

BOKAPowell was founded in 1976. The full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm has offices in Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth. Of the firm’s 10 principals, eight are AIA associates, two are registered with NCARB, and two are LEED certified. The firm works on large-scale master planning and commercial projects, as well as interiors in a variety of business sectors. Among their numerous awards and honors, they were ENR Texas and Louisiana’s No. 5 Commercial Design Firm and No. 49 Overall Design Firm in their guide to the 2017 Top Design Firms.

Featured Projects

Lanyon’s office received the Best Urban Office Project by Dallas Business Journal in 2015. The loft-style space was designed around Lanyon’s slogan, “The Science of Bringing People Together.” The space is meant to connect people with technology. Flexible workspaces include cushioned cubbies with storage, walking desks with built-in treadmills, and various informal huddle spaces. The walls act as dry-erase boards. The office space was sustainability-focused, including countertops made from recycled blue Skyy® vodka bottles. The traffic flow is meant to draw people into the center, where meeting rooms are ready for people to congregate. RightNow Media calls themselves the “Netflix for the church,” containing an extensive library of church-related videos that pastors and congregations can stream from anywhere. BOKAPowell created the overall architecture and interior design for the media company’s new 60k-square-foot base in McKinney, Texas, to support their sales and marketing teams. Their new building contains many intimate meeting and streaming rooms, conference rooms, and cubby-style and large open collaborative spaces. The building was designed with natural light in mind.

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Corgan

Architects:
Bob Morris
David Lind

Awards:
AIA Dallas Honor Award,
Texas Society of Architects Architecture Firm Award,
Impact Award,
Caudill Award,
ENR Award of Merit,
Community Impact Deal of the Year Award

Address:
401 N Houston Street, Dallas, TX 75202

Contact:
214-748-2000

About Corgan

Corgan is one of the architectural and design firms in the country with 12 offices throughout the world. Their headquarters is located in Dallas. The firm specializes in aviation, commercial, critical facilities, education, healthcare, and interior design projects. In 2017, they broke into the top 100 of the Top 500 Design Firms, an annual list by Engineering News-Record (ENR). Texas Society of Architects gave Corgan the 2017 Architecture Firm Award, and Building Design and Construction Magazine named Corgan as their #2 Data Center Architecture Firm in 2016. Corgan designs the headquarters of many large national companies, including the new 7-11 headquarters in Cypress Waters.

Featured Projects

CyrusOne’s Carrollton facility was named one of the coolest offices in 2016 by D Magazine — maybe because it includes a two-story gym featuring a tunnel slide, rock-climbing wall, and putting green, or the ping pong tables and Wii games in the break rooms. Designed with contemporary collaboration in mind, high-top tables and sofa areas are spread throughout the campus, with dry-erase glass tabletops in the break rooms for inspired community time. Corgan completed several facilities for CyrusOne, in Arizona, San Antonio, and Lebanon, Ohio. Corgan designed the new Fossil headquarters, a 535k-square-foot building in Richardson, Texas. To match the fashion company’s sense of style, they went for a “vintage modern” aesthetic with industrial ingredients like cement, exposed steel and brick, and reclaimed wood. Classic furniture lines the large space. The on-site cafeteria was designed to feel like a retro diner. Fossil watch tins were used in the lobby to create a visual history of the company.

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Interior Architects Dallas

Architects:
Frances Bruns

Address:
2001 Ross Avenue #4650, Dallas, TX 75201

Contact:
214-740-1922
[email protected]

About Interior Architects Dallas

IA is a global, employee-owned firm of architects, designers, strategists, and specialists. Founded in 1984, the firm has grown to 19 offices that concentrate on interior architecture and design for a variety of markets, including corporate workplace, retail, education, and other specialized areas. The Dallas office is managed by Frances Bruns, IIDA, who previously served as a vice president for HKS and as a designer for HOK.

Featured Projects

When Active Network moved their headquarters from San Diego to Dallas in 2014, they contracted with Interior Architects to design their new 125k-square-foot space, moving 760 employees in the process. The software company took over five floors, connected by a winding staircase and amenities located between the floors. These include a pub and indoor park with foosball and basketball. Fifty flat-screen TVs log the company’s stats. It strives to create a balance between and work and leisure space by using a playful aesthetic and design elements. Intentional graffiti lines the walls, and work or lounge spaces include bean bag chairs and booths with tables, among other unusual seating arrangements. Employees are encouraged to work wherever they are comfortable. The space made D Magazine’s list of Coolest Workplaces in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2016. Spirit Realty Capital, a real estate investment company, hired Interior Architects to design their headquarters in Dallas. Maps and local materials, such as leather, stone, and wood, give the space warmth and regional pride. Glass-lined conference rooms, along with informal chair and sofa meeting spaces in bold blues and oranges, create a lively and open environment.

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Lauckgroup

Architects:
Alan Lauck
Anne Kniffen
Brigitte Preston

Awards:
Starnet Worldwide Corporate Gold Award,
Shaw Design Award

Address:
1601 Bryan Street, Suite 101, Dallas, TX 757201

Contact:
214-922-9000
[email protected]

About Lauckgroup

lauckgroup is one of the most active studios for office design in the Dallas area, creating what co-owner and Design Principal Brigitte Preston calls “authenticity-centered” designs. The firm works in a variety of business sectors. They’ve worked on some of the trendiest offices in the city, including spaces for Cambridge Holdings, Cytracom, and o9 Solutions. Founded in 1984 by Alan Lauck, the firm is now co-owned by Brigitte Preston and Managing Principal Anne Kniffen. They have offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

Featured Projects

The firm was contracted by the wealth management firm True North Advisors when they moved to a 9,600-square-foot penthouse suite on Turtle Creek Boulevard. Wanting to challenge the norm of stuffy traditional wealth management offices, they went for open and airy. The open design allows the penthouse office’s great views of downtown to be seen throughout much of the space, including from the cozy entertaining areas. The nearby all-glass conference rooms feature automatic privacy blinds. While leaving almost everything from their old office behind, True North renovated their old conference table. The tabletop, made from a parquet floor from a French chateau, was mounted on new base and sits at the center of the firm’s central glass-encased boardroom. This year lauckgroup designed the new offices for Cytracom, a VoIP telecommunications provider that had outgrown their old space. Their new 8,292-square-foot office was designed with creative use of graphics and brand colors to affirm the company’s branding. The entry was designed as a community area with banquettes and other informal seating. The seating space and nearby kitchen doubles as the employee’s break area. A conference room is enclosed in glass to offer a sense of community to employees and visitors alike. The open design is meant to offer flexibility as the company grows.

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