Designing for the Super Bowl

The IA-designed entrance to Super Bowl LVI

Fans at Super Bowl LVl entered SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles through a larger than life experiential portal, inspired by a camera lens. The concept was to create iconic entry points that would function as a portal to the game day experience. Taking cues from LA’s Hollywood magic, the structures are shaped like a camera’s aperture — gathering in fans and focusing them on a carefully curated view of the stadium beyond. The “ribbons” are reminiscent of movie film strips and celebrate key moments in Super Bowl history. Sponsorship was woven into the design to provide revenue generating opportunities. Brilliant red against an equally brilliant blue sky, the portal exemplifies the extensive design features and installations created every year to complement major events for sports entities like the NFL, NBA, NHL, and collegiate sport teams across the nation. Experiential Design features like this create one of a kind experiences that

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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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The Next Phase of Sustainability in Luxury Hotels

In recent blog posts, we have considered current trends in sustainability that impact the built environment, but perhaps no industry is feeling more pressured by consumers than the hospitality sector. As guests become more ecologically savvy, they want assurance that their stay will be as eco-friendly as possible, and their questions are compelling new approaches to the sustainability of luxury hospitality destinations.

Greenwashing Will Not Work

Greenwashing or “green sheen” occurs when an organization promotes green policies or initiatives without addressing that the organization may have a net negative impact on the environment through pollution, carbon emissions, etc. The hospitality industry is no stranger to the term largely because of the increased desirability of green destinations among consumers. “We’re absolutely seeing an increase in green-minded guests looking for opportunities to support businesses that are conscientious of the environment,” says Nichole Peterson, Associate Director of Partnerships and Guest Experience at Visit

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RMJM Serbia has revealed their design for BW Perla – a landmark residential building of Belgrade Waterfront.

Situated in the first row to the Sava River, BW Perla exploits the full potential of the exclusive position. The project is a unique representation of an urban revitalisation of the city and a true pearl of contemporary architecture, which delivers a peak of cosmopolitan life to its residents.

Designed as an extension of the RMJM Serbia’s Belgrade Waterfronts and comprising a series of mixed-use residential schemes, BW Perla has its own distinguished character. Many of the apartments feature generous balconies and terraces opening breathtaking views of the city, and are oriented to maximise daylight and passive environmental benefits. The 25-storey residential building, with direct access to the riverbank, landscaped inner courtyard and decorative water feature consists of 189 residential units of various sizes, all of which featuring high ceilings from 2,60 mt, to 2,90 mt. in all. 

While the project is aligned with BW Terraces, the site differs in

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The Importance of Doing Meaningful Work and Having a Creative Outlet with Shernise Richardson

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Have you ever felt uninspired by your 9 to 5 with no meaningful work and no creative outlet for yourself?

In this episode of The Young Architect Podcast, Shernise Richardson shares her inspiring story on why she’s so passionate about her work and how sketching has played such a big part of her life.

Finding passion in your job can come from many, sometimes unexpected ways. Shernise tells her story about how she found passion in her work to help people live their highest quality of life. 

She also shares tips, tricks, apps and insight on technology she uses to sketch as part of her daily life.

How to connect with Shernise Further:

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If you enjoyed this Podcast about Finding your Passion and your Creative Outlet then check out these episodes:

The Vital Importance of Developing a Skill for Drawing with Bill Tripp

The Unexpected Aspiring

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How to Keep a Growth Mindset with Caitlin Morgan

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Have you ever found yourself facing new challenges and having to pivot your mindset? 

In this episode of The Young Architect Podcast Caitlin Morgan joins us to share her inspiring story on how she has been able to keep her growth mindset in order to  adapt and persevere through college, a global pandemic and working on a passion project. 

After graduating college in a global pandemic Caitlin was forced to shift her mindset in order to continue growing as a professional and network in a new way. Within a year of graduating she became Associate Director of AIA Virginia State Board, pass her CDT Certification Exam and has recently dove into working with EmergeAEC. 

 She shares how setting SMART goals in her life has helped propel her to where she is now, and why she was so passionate about sharing this goal setting technique at The Young Architect Summer Series

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