The Next Generation of Law Firms

Lobby at Faergre Drinker's Chicago offices

Photography © Tom Harris.

While many organizations are embracing a “wait and see” strategy when managing their physical space, a number of law firms currently working with IA Interior Architects have decided to take a different tack. John Hopkins, Design Director at IA Interior Architects, has worked with many law firms that are experimenting with new approaches for their future workplace. “IA is engaging leadership teams to prioritize goals,” he notes, “and establishing new space types and metrics to craft a unique solution for each firm.”

Because of attorney experiences working remotely during COVID-19, new concerns are influencing design goals and methods for creating the law firm of the future. Primary among those is: in-office attendance and crafting in-person communities. “Generally, we come into the office to see others,” remarks Hopkins. “If it’s a ghost town, then we reconsider why we come in—but if there are people, and activity—we feel

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Designing with Original Artwork | IA Interior Architects

Whether created or curated by the IA Experiential Design team, original works of art can significantly enhance the experience of a space. While some of our clients have private collections they want featured in traditional or creative ways, others aim to commission or purchase art for a variety of reasons—to inspire; infuse excitement or a local vibe into the workplace; increase brand awareness; or make an aesthetic statement. As designers, we draw on many sources and work in a variety of ways to achieve those objectives for our clients.

Photography © Tom Harris.
Humana Collaboration Hub, Louisville, KY. Photography Tom Harris.

Sourcing Artwork

More than ever our clients want to interact with the community, so we often partner with an art consultant connected to local creatives, which is what we did to identify regional, diverse artists for the TIAA Charlotte campus renovation. For other clients, locally-celebrated street artists are an appealing option, particularly as

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Top 5 Things All Clients Should Ask About Lighting


The offices of a confidential IA video game industry client.
Confidential Client, Playa Vista, CA. Photography © Benny Chan.

As architectural lighting continues to evolve, balancing the concerns of budget, energy use, wellness, and aesthetics requires greater diligence. Clients need to be educated consumers when it comes to the lighting their spaces requires. The following are five questions important for all clients.


1. What is Our Cost Control Strategy?

Lighting is one of the larger costs in most construction budgets. Therefore, every client will want to know how their design team intends to keep lighting costs in line with the project’s budget parameters, and one of the most effective approaches is to review competitive pricing.

Obtaining competitive pricing relies on either opening the majority of the lighting package to alternate specs proposed by the bidding contractors or listing for each lighting fixture a minimum of three specs pre-vetted for equal performance. Between these two approaches, the second method is preferred

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Creating the Future: Designing for Equity, Sustainability, and Profit

The World Economic Forum publishes an annual report of global economic risks designed for government officials, entrepreneurs, and CEOs of multinational companies. According to the current report, challenges confronting business mirror those confronting society—inflation, debt, cyber attacks, supply chain disruptions caused by war, climate transition disorder, and skills shortfalls, to name a few. What does this mean for architects/designers, their clients, and the built environment?

For most companies, economic activity has classically focused on increased production and cost-cutting—knowingly or unknowingly at the expense of environmental and labor standards. Although lucrative, this approach has generated unintended consequences, including resource depletion, waste generation, and increased CO2 released into the atmosphere, while creating multiple inequalities, all problems now challenging society. Through the years, architects and designers have contributed to this scheme and its risks to support client needs and further corporate growth.

In terms of waste generation, pollution, and ecosystem disruption,

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Urban Landscaping and the Unconventional Convention Centre.

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The relationship between the design of convention and exhibition centres and the overall urban landscape is a critical and complex issue for architects and urban planners. As large public buildings are typically located in urban areas, convention and exhibition centres play a significant role in shaping the character and functionality of the surrounding area. By considering the needs of the local community and the broader context of the urban landscape, architects can design convention and exhibition centres that enhance the urban environment and provide a range of benefits to the community.

First and foremost, convention and exhibition centres are designed to be accessible and welcoming, providing a place for people to gather and interact. Therefore the design of these buildings plays a key role in creating this sense of community and fostering social connections. The Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre was designed by RMJM

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