ONE Global Design, a network of corporate architecture and design firms in the United States, Mexico and Canada, recently met in Washington, DC to review the first half of 2015, share best practices and national perspectives, and set a path to continue the momentum for the remainder of the year.
DC-based Fox Architects hosted the meeting and led a tour of group members through Washington to showcase current local projects. Fox then hosted a dinner and lecture at their studios. One highlight from the meeting was the significant amount of business the ONE Global members were working on with each other. In the first six months of 2015, 12 member firms (more than 70 per cent) collaborated on 39 projects totaling $1.8 million in fees for clients including American Bar Association, Aon, Centro, and Universal Technical Institute. In addition, all 18 ONE Global Design member firms reported increased activity in their regions.
“We’re firing on all cylinders right now,” said Norm Liedtke, CEO of Meyer, an architecture and interior design firm in Philadelphia and a co-founder of ONE Global Design. “Corporate clients are not getting the priority service from the large national firms. They see value in our model and we are excited to continue to expand and grow. I’m continuously impressed with the high quality of design and execution each firm brings when working together for a client’s project.”
Liedtke also announced that JPC Architects of Seattle, another best-in-class firm, recently joined the network becoming the 18th independent architecture and design firm to become part of ONE Global Design, and enabling the network to expand into the Northwestern part of the country.
ONE Global Design would rank as the 6th largest firm in the United States (according to Interior Design Giants 2015 rankings), with more than 700 professionals.