Valerio Dewalt Train Associates is a 90+ person national architectural and design practice with offices in Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; and Palo Alto, California. Since 1994, the firm has based its practice on the simple idea that whatever the question, design is the answer. But we also believe that before an answer can be provided, one has to do the research to make sure the question is understood.
In response to this tech company’s increasing need for flexibility and personality within their work spaces, the design team developed a strategy for this unique campus that could evolve with its users as business units changed and the workplace evolved.
The team created an installation made of three structures, each constructed of glazed bricks salvaged from the original YMCA. The front of each of the three segments references the original building’s façade, while the back of each segment features a mosaic of the different colored bricks, symbolizing the YMCA’s role in bringing “two worlds” together—a grounding concept behind the architecture of the original building.
WASHINGTON, DC – In a world that is increasingly complex visually, designers are experimenting with ways to enhance users’ enjoyment of the “real” world with creative experiential designs that communicate. Operating at the intersection of communications and the built environment, the field of experiential design embraces a wide range of disciplines including graphic design, architectural, interior, landscape, digital and industrial design.
To honor donors and Board of Trustees members for their investment in the college, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago commissioned Media Objectives at Valerio Dewalt Train to create an engaging donor wall in the main lobby of the new LeRoy Neiman Center. Inspired by the school’s core values—rigor, experimentation, playfulness and invention—the team designed a donor recognition element that is itself a work of art.
Whether it’s for high-tech start-ups or more traditional corporate environments, workplace wayfinding has a unique triple mission: not only to guide visitors and employees through complex spaces, but also to create a strong sense of place and support the brand. Joe Lawton and Ellen Bean Spurlock of Media Objectives at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, along with Brittney Butler of VMDO, will lead the Workplace Wayfinding session at The SEGD Wayfinding Event April 14-15 in Miami. You'll want to be there!
When Google opened its new Tech Corners Campus in Sunnyvale, California, they were committed to creating work and social spaces that support employee health, enhance the workplace experience and improve overall sustainability. Valerio Dewalt Train Associates and Media Objectives established a set of guiding design principles aimed at creating a place that inspires growth, surprises and delights, is economical and scalable--and memorable.