Chris W. Barnes
John E. Orfield
R. Andrew Bennett
Dallas Business Journal Best Urban Office Project,
TEXO Distinguished Building Award
8070 Park Lane, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75231
Founded in 1976, BOKAPowell is a full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm. It has offices in the state’s busiest cities which are Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth. Its four principals are all professional architects with years of experience and are all active members of the AIA. The firm works on large-scale master planning and commercial projects, as well as interiors in a variety of business sectors. Among its numerous awards and honors, BOKAPowell often receives accolades from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, D CEO Magazine, and AIA Dallas.
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 vodka bottles. The traffic flow is meant to draw people into the center, where meeting rooms are ready for people to congregate. The firm also gave an updated look to the offices of RightNow Media, a video streaming company of religious video. BOKAPowell created the overall architecture and interior design for the media company’s new 60,000 square-foot base in McKinney to support their sales and marketing teams. RightNow Media’s new building contains many intimate meetings and streaming rooms, conference rooms, and cubby-style and large open collaborative spaces.
AIA Dallas Honor Award,
Texas Society of Architects Architecture Firm Award,
ENR Award of Merit,
Community Impact Deal of the Year Award
401 N Houston Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Corgan is one of the architectural and design firms in the country with 12 offices throughout the world. Headquartered in Dallas, the firm specializes in aviation, commercial, critical facilities, education, healthcare, and interior design projects. In 2017, the firm broke into the top 100 of Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) annual list of Top 500 Design Firms. The Texas Society of Architects gave Corgan the 2017 Architecture Firm Award, and Building Design and Construction Magazine named Corgan as its top Data Center Architecture Firm. Corgan has designed the headquarters of many large national companies, including the new 7-11 headquarters in Cypress Waters.
CyrusOne’s Carrollton facility was named one of the coolest offices in 2016 by D Magazine because it has fun amenities like a two-story gym featuring a tunnel slide, a rock-climbing wall, and putting green; and a break room with ping pong tables and Wii games. Designed with contemporary collaboration in mind, high-top tables and sofa areas are spread throughout the campus. Corgan completed several facilities for CyrusOne, in Arizona, San Antonio, and Lebanon, Ohio. Corgan designed another popular brand’s new headquarters. The new Fossil headquarters is a 535,000 square-foot building in Richardson, Texas. To match the fashion company’s sense of style, the firm gave it a “vintage modern” aesthetic with industrial ingredients like cement, exposed steel and brick, and reclaimed wood. Classic furniture lines the large space and an 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.
Steven R. Upchurch
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
Two Lincoln Centre 5420, LBJ Freeway, Suite 1100, Dallas, TX 75240
About Gensler Dallas
Gensler is one of the biggest architectural and engineering firms in the States. It has more than 6000 professionals networked 50 cities in different parts of the world. The Dallas office specializes in designing large commercial architecture, as well as interior design for commercial and corporate spaces around the country. Because of its national reputation, prominent Dallas businesses trust Gensler with their office projects.
Law firm Baker Botts hired Gensler Dallas to modernize its offices. Its offices were converted into a two-sized office layout to make more space for attorney offices. The goal is to tie together the whole office by making the conference rooms and practice area floors accessible to each other. These improvements also a more coordinated working space that is less stratified. All of the offices also have a glass front to encourage a collaborative environment. This gives the office a more sophisticated modern look.
2808 Fairmount St. Ste. #300, Dallas, TX 75201
About GFF, Inc
GFF, Inc. is a Texas-based firm that has a national reputation for designing real estate development, corporate, and institutional projects. The firm has come a long way since it was established in 1982. It has employed over one hundred designers and has offices in the state’s busiest cities: Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin. GFF is one of the most sought after local firms because the firm has four departments dedicated to architecture, planning, landscaping, and interior design. For decades the firm has received several national recognition from Engineering News-Record magazine, Dallas Business Journal, and Building Design and Construction magazine. Recently, the Texas Society of Architects gave GFF the 2019 Architecture Award. This is presented to Texas firms that have made significant contributions to the architectural industry in the last ten years.
One of GFF’s biggest projects was Pizza Hut and KFC Center of Restaurant Excellence. The headquarters is a three-story building that is 177,500 square feet. The firm designed the building to have enough dedicated spaces for the two brands. The brands have a shared two-story lobby that is essential for different user groups who go to the building for taste tests. Other amenities of the headquarters include test kitchens and mock restaurants for both brands. GFF gave the building a linear configuration because of its topography. The firm wanted the building to flow naturally with its gorgeous landscape and have a great view of the adjacent lakes. The Pizza Hut and KFC Center of Restaurant Excellence won two Green Globe under the Green Building Institute’s Green Globes rating system.
AIA Dallas Honor Awards
350 N Saint Paul Street, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75201
About HKS, Inc
Headquartered in Dallas is HKS, one of the oldest architectural firms in the country. HKS has offices in 17 states and it has international branches found in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The main office has a diverse portfolio, including corporate headquarters, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, and retail and industrial projects, just to name a few. Some of its well-known projects include the AT&T Stadium and W Dallas-Victory Hotel and Residences.
HKS recently placed third in Building Design+Construction’s Giants 300 Report, an annual ranking of the nation’s largest architectural firms.
The firm’s own Dallas Headquarters is known for making headlines as a 144,000-square-foot building that has received a LEED Platinum rating. Everything was done in-house from the architecture to the interior design. The office includes a learning center where the company hosts internal and public events. 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.
IA Interior Architects Dallas
2001 Ross Avenue #4650, Dallas, TX 75201
About Interior Architects Dallas
IA is a globally recognized employee-owned firm made of the best architects, designers, strategists, and specialists. Founded in 1984, the firm has 25 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.
When Active Network moved its headquarters from San Diego to Dallas in 2014, they contracted Interior Architects to design a 125,000 square-foot space, moving 760 employees in the process. The software company took over five floors, connected by a winding staircase. There are also amenities located between the floors and 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 work and leisure space by using a playful aesthetic and design elements. Graffiti lines the walls, and workspaces include bean bag chairs and booths with tables. Employees are encouraged to work wherever they are comfortable. The Active Network office named D Magazine’s list of Coolest Workplaces in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2016.
Jones Commercial Interiors (JCI)
3900 Willow Street, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75226
About Jones Commercial Interiors (JCI)
Jones Commercial Interiors creates cost-effective design solutions and tenant development services. Andy Jones established JCI in 1996 to be an industry leader in providing architectural services for corporate and commercial clients. Some of the sectors it serves are the office, retail, medical, and industrial sectors. The firm has made a name working with large spaces, most recently winning the space planning contract for The Offices at The Shops at Clearfork.
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 which was inspired by the building’s original architecture. It made use of the president’s collection of vintage camper trailers by turning them into six private offices and meeting spaces. The trailers were renovated using reclaimed lumber and salvaged items, and each contains a deck area. The company is also renting out its offices as an event space.
Starnet Worldwide Corporate Gold Award,
Shaw Design Award
1601 Bryan Street, Suite 101, Dallas, TX 757201
lauckgroup is one of the most active studios for office design in the Dallas area, creating what Design Principal Brigitte Preston calls “authenticity-centered” designs. The firm works with a variety of business sectors. It has worked on some of the trendiest offices in the city, including spaces for Cambridge Holdings, Cytracom, and o9 Solutions. The firm was founded in 1984 and has offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.
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 traditional wealth management offices, the firm designed a contemporary take that has open and airy interiors. 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 its old office behind, True North renovated their old conference table. The tabletop, made from a parquet floor from a French chateau, was mounted on a new base and sits at the center of the firm’s central glass-encased boardroom.
Malone Maxwell Borson Architects
AIA Dallas Architecture Firm of the Year
718 N Buckner Boulevard, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75218
About Malone Maxwell Borson Architects
When Malone Maxwell Borson Architects was established in 1992, the firm focused its services on residential, commercial, and corporate projects. During its early years, MMB’s projects were found in the pages of Architectural Digest and Retail Design magazines. These features helped expand the firm’s clientele to educational, religious, and co-working spaces. Founding Principal Michael Malone is also a known figure in the Texas architectural industry; he is a contributing editor for Texas Architecture Magazine and has published his own book, The Architect’s Guide to Residential Design.
Co-Founder Audrey Maxwell is experienced with corporate interiors which is why office spaces have become one of MMB’s specialties. One of its standout office projects is Highland Capital Management’s 42,000-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. Texas Architect magazine featured the contemporary office in 2013.
1919 McKinney Ave. Ste. #2011, Dallas, TX 75201
About Method Architecture
Boutique firm Method Architecture is the preferred designer of local firms because of its customer-oriented approach. Despite its size, the firm is capable of handling ground-up projects for industrial, healthcare, hospitality, and corporate offices. The firm was only established in 2016, but has already received impressive acclaim. Its most recent achievement was being part of Inc. Magazine’s 250 Fastest Growing Companies in Texas. This was the first regional list that Inc. Magazine released—Method Architecture is honored to be one of the first firms chosen.
Method Architecture designed the Houston facilities of Sunny Sky Products, a beverage manufacturer. The firm designed a multifunctional establishment that serves as the brand’s headquarters, product lab, manufacturing plant, and distribution center. For a modern professional look, the firm went with a color palette that compliments the brand’s bright logo. The lobby’s interiors were kept simple and sophisticated while the furnishings provided the creative splash of color in the room.
Texas Society of Architects Medal for Lifetime Achievement,
AIA Design Award,
AIA Firm of the Year,
Urban Land Institute Houston Development of Distinction Award
1800 Main Street, Suite 123, Dallas, TX 75201
Page is a multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firm, with nine offices found in the US and overseas. Its Dallas office is one of the firm’s oldest branches and it pioneered Page’s urban improvement initiatives. This means the firm focused on projects that brought a great economic impact on Dallas. These projects were usually offices for companies in the science and healthcare industry. Its most famous client is Texas Instruments. The firm has done several projects for the science and technology company, including two Gold LEED-certified facilities. Page 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.
Health Wildcatters is a supporting start-up for individuals looking to innovate the healthcare industry. With the goal of serving as an innovation hub and offering valuable co-working space to local entrepreneurs, the company took over the 16,000 square-foot top floor of a highrise. The space was designed with various working styles in mind. For example, there are large collaborative tables for big groups, and cushioned wooden platforms are made for employees who are looking for a secluded space where they can be comfortable. 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.
Jo Staffelbach Heinz
ASID Texas Legacy of Design Awards,
Cary M. Maguire Spirit of Ethics Award,
PaperCity Dallas Design Awards
2525 McKinnon Street, Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75201
Founded by Andre Staffelbach in 1966, Staffelbach has been Dallas’s leading architect for 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. Staffelbach also specializes in re-branding services. When it comes to office spaces, from Brazos Investment Group to Red Bull, the firm designs high-quality work environments to suit its diverse clients. Among its notable recognitions, the firm has received many awards from the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and Interior Design magazine includes Staffelbach in the Top 100 Interior Design Giants every year.
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) and a First Place Award from the National ASID. 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 training sessions and other event functions. Another award-winning office project is the Ackerman McQueen advertising agency. The company hired Staffelbach because it 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.