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Mixed-use complexes revitalize cities and energize social life

Connected communities

The dynamism of daily life in traditional cities – where living, working, shopping, and civic and cultural discourse once naturally co-mingled – was somehow lost in modern times. Single-use buildings tended to silence street life except along retail avenues. Today, the resurgence of mixed-use typologies is refreshing and welcome, as well as economically brilliant and sustainable. Most of our mixed-use projects are anchored by housing or offices or a combination. The addition of magnets like retail, dining, entertainment, and cultural destinations enlivens the public realm and attracts people day and night.

The Wren, Washington, DC

Digital transformations

When the transformative capabilities of digital technology meet places where people gather, magic happens. Adaptive public spaces (or even pocket parks and private enclaves) become dynamic experiences, gently changing with the seasons or super-charged by special events. Digital technology is part of our placemaking strategy and cause for celebration, especially when our genius in-house tech team previews the show.


Industry Leaders

Connect with our leaders in the mixed-use industry. Learn more by clicking on each.

Sean Pichon

Washington, DC | Contact

Jeffrey Goins

Washington, DC | Contact

Robert Blaser

Principal, Design Practice Leader
Washington, DC | Contact

Ravi Waldon

Maryland | Contact

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Sean Pichon, AIA

Sean knows how to put people and organizations together to achieve amazing results for communities of citizens and artists, always seeking to make the public realm better for everyone. Check out how the Reeves Center in D.C. revives the traditions of “Black Broadway” while creating a live-work community in the city.

Jeff Goins, AIA

Jeff uses his exceptional design skills to create mixed-use complexes that give each component its own identity within the larger building and the surrounding urban context. The resulting mix of activities enlivens how people engage with the street and public spaces.

Robert Blaser, AIA

Robert is a great proponent of the vitality that a mixed-use project infuses into how people experience the public realm both on a day-to-day basis and for special events fueled by the transformative power of light, projections, and technology.

Ravi Waldon, AIA, LEED AP

Ravi and his team have helped numerous faith-based organizations conceive and execute mixed-use projects that extend their ministries into housing, community centers, and schools. The model creates sustainable economies in the use of real estate and, most importantly, strengthens communities.