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.
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.
Taylor Loutsis,one of last year's SEGD student members, spent a little time touring and working in Europe before returning to the U.S., where he has successfully landed his first position in EGD with Media Objectives,part of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates (Chicago).
Ian Thomas is a designer focused on delivery of purpose-driven, customized designs through research, strategy, and experimentation. A key member of a specialized group at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates called Media Objectives, Ian has been involved in creating unique spaces for technology companies seeking tailored and novel solutions, including Google, eBay and VMware. Ian brings extraordinary expertise in physical and digital modeling to the team.