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2014 Market Winner: Federal Building South 1202 by ZGF Architects LLP

As the winners of the 2014 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 40 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Kim Scott, IIDA, Associate Partner at ZGF Architects, talked with us about embracing performance, building a good team, and bringing the outside, in.

Describe this project in one word.
Outside-in

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How does this project demonstrate the power of design to impact users in a space?
Through complex and dynamic spatial richness it creates a multi-sensory environment.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.
Build a good team. Think, design, work and work some more.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d’ want to share with the designers of tomorrow?
Embrace performance and value as the core of all design decisions.

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2014 Market Winner: Buckingham County Primary and Elementary Schools by VMDO Architects

As the winners of the 2014 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 40 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Dina Sorensen, LEED AP, Project Designer, spoke with us about the importance of research, holistic design, and architecture bringing positive impact to the world.

Describe this project in one word.
Holistic

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How does this project demonstrate the power of design to impact users in a space?
This project provides evidence that architecture has an impact on attitudes, behaviors and cultural norms within the context of a learning environment – specifically about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity/movement (two of the most pressing issues for children). It also provides evidence of innovation in practice – collaborating with researchers to co-design a project and conduct a 2-year study to measure the efficacy of design. Not if it worked but how are things working – as an ecosystem.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.
If architecture is going to be a change agent for public good, an interdisciplinary approach and process is an imperative. The public health discipline brings valuable insight about the deep connections between the built environment and human health \ wellbeing. The process and journey of co-creating with public health researchers has changed the way I see and respond to all design problems – I see my new role as a charge to be responsible for knowing and/or finding out about the health drivers inherent to every solution.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?
Research is critical; whether it is primary research or design research – crafting the questions before assuming a solution and working across disciplines is likely to yield a more robust and resilient proposition.

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2014 Market Winner: Psychiatric Office by Alice Martins Flávio Butti

As the winners of the 2014 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 40 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Flávio Butti, Co-owner of Alice Martins Flávio Butti, spoke with us about creating a comfortable place, knowing the space you’re designing for, and improving the way the client works in the space.

Describe this project in one word.
Cozy!

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How does this project demonstrate the power of design to impact users in a space?
The impact on people’s work and lives is extremely strong. It can influence on how people work and their performance, as though their life’s quality. In this project the feedback the Therapist gave to us is that she loves to stay in the office, it’s extremely comfortable and her clients feel well in the space and more open to the therapy, and she improved the way she can work with more people, like couples and families.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.
It’s a mix of pleasure and anxiety until we’re sure it’s a really good proposal! The challenge of a new project always brings excitement and hard work, but after the results accomplished a great satisfaction and the feeling of having done the right thing.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?
A very important thing is to know what really happens in the space you’re designing, have the experience of what people we’ll need, dive into your project and propose the best, make a real effort and be sure that what you’re proposing is the best you can.

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2013 Market Winner: Red Bull Argentina by Avola-Llaber Arquitectos

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Daniel Avola and Liliana Llaber, Architects, talked to us about proud employees, making a flexible space and “Giving Wings” to ideas.

What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
The company motto in itself is an inspiration. “Give wings” to ideas, to projects, to people; enable creativity and in this way create a space where ideas can come true. It could not be a better starting point and an inviting project for us designers and architects that are always seeking to look beyond structures to create new spaces, flexible, functional and fun.

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What was the happiest moment of the project?
The whole project was a gift. But definitely the happiest moment was the very last night when we completed the project. Before leaving the new office, we stopped by the entrance door with the team and some Red Bull counterparts working with us on the project to give a final look. The next morning is when ideas will begin to come to life in that space.

What are you most proud of?
The morning when all employees came for the first time to the new offices was also unforgettable. It was more than proud – a kind of thanks-giving and gratefulness – what we fell when watching the faces of everyone. Enjoying what we will be a new way of working. They were more happy and proud than us. That was the best gift and recognition we could get.

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Tell me about your client.
Red Bull is a one-of-a-kind company. The working culture, the vision, the idea and most important of all, the people are altogether unique and outstanding. You work together and they let you grow and create.

While we were giving around the rest of the offices around the world, the challenge became even bigger. But at the same time, loyal to what Red Bull is, the team gave to us full freedom to create our own project. This was the starting point and as the days went by it became the cornerstone of unforgettable teamwork.

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What were some of the challenges in designing this space?
The challenge was to create from two existing and conventional “L” shaped offices create a different – as from scratch – space. To make it interactive, as if no “L” shape was there, maximizing the sunlight intrusion and the green context from the outside.
In this way we designed glassed and sunlight-friendly meeting rooms on the sides and a flexible meeting room at the center, to break linear spaces and make it feel as if it was designed and created with no limitations.

Functionality and spaces interaction was our technical motivation throughout the project. To believe that we could create a new space as if nothing was there, to make it ideal and free forgetting that there was something there before. Simply, to go beyond it.

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2013 Market Winner: W.L. GORE Associates by Francis Cauffman

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

John Campbell, Principal at Francis Cauffman, spoke to us about his family’s design influence, engaging the client and strengthening people through good design.

How did you find your love for design?  Is there anyone who played a major role in that?
From an early age I have always enjoyed drawing and exploring new places. While I did not realize it at the time, my grandmother, who was the first female architect in the United Kingdom, occasionally took me on site visits of her projects, which were always interesting. I was fortunate in my youth to spend time in the south of France, where we had the opportunity to see a mixture of architecture from Roman times to current. My uncle saw my love of sketching and exploring places and suggested that I should consider studying architecture. This love of sketching, photography and traveling to experience different places and cultures remains just as important to me today.

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What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
WL Gore is a very successful company and the strength of its people, culture and values are what drive this success. At the end of the day, architects and interior designers are in the “people” business, with the design of great spaces being our medium. At the beginning of a project, many clients do not understand the full benefits good design can bring to their workplace.

For this project we were hired to lead the employees of WL Gore on a journey to explore a new workplace that would align with their business needs, culture and values. We helped them challenge the norm of cubicles and perimeter offices. It was a great feeling at the end of the “journey” when the Gore employees experienced the significant benefits that the new workplace design had on their effectiveness and well-being.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned during this process?
The most critical lesson is the importance of user engagement at all stages in the design process, from the initial development and planning to the final implementation and post-occupancy feedback. In addition, asking probing questions is key to helping clients challenge the norm and inspire smart design.

In the case of WL Gore, employees explored new possibilities and Francis Cauffman created an array of different work settings that allow employees to select the appropriate space for a particular task. WL Gore embraced alternative workplace design to the extent that the leadership decided to leave individual offices and assigned spaces in the past and become completely mobile within their space.

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