that Work

Today’s workplace is more than a location or a network: it’s a strategic tool for innovation, motivation, and resilience. Holistic design makes it work.

The evolving workplace

Having designed millions of square feet of offices since the 1980s, we thought we’d seen it all, until the pandemic. Evolving technology – especially portable devices and communications platforms – had already defined an activity-based workplace that allowed working anywhere within the office, and also remotely. Operations and technology thus became as important as the physical environment and the key to positive employee experiences. Done well, they create a hospitable, healthy, and motivational place to work, whether onsite or not.

Financial Services Company, Reston, VA
Financial Services Company Workplace Transformation, Plano, TX

WELL in the workplace

If the pandemic taught us anything about the office, it’s that it needs to prioritize health and wellness. While we were participating in the WELL Building Institute’s Post-COVID Task Force, we re-designed a workspace that was under construction. We increased flexibility in furniture layouts, access to protected spaces, and options for working outdoors. Now that the project is complete, the informal collaboration spaces and access to high-quality light and air (and good food) have increased the desire to return to the office.       


Industry Leaders

Connect with our leaders in the workplace industry. Learn more by clicking on each.

Matt Ligas

Principal, Design Practice Leader
Washington, DC | Contact

Karen Nichols

Principal, Design Practice Leader
New Jersey | Contact

Megan Luce

Senior Director of Interior Design
New Jersey | Contact

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Having managed a 2 million-SF, multi-city workplace transformation, Matt knows not only the mechanics of workplace design but also its power to reshape company culture and attract and retain employees. LEED and WELL principles are always on his mind.

Karen Nichols, FAIA, CID

Karen has master-minded workplace programming and front-end planning since she led the Disney headquarters project in the 80s. Her holistic thinking considers the integral role of operations and technology in the workplace experience.

Megan Luce, NCIDQ

Megan’s interior design and furniture solutions touch what people do every day at work and how they feel about it. Her enthusiasm is infectious and makes working with her a joy.