February 2, 2017

Top 100 Giants 2017: Reflections on How Design Has Changed and Where It’s Headed

Conference Center for Hyundai Capital Services by Gensler. Photography by Nacása & Partners.

“The coming decades are all about user experience.” —Gensler


Office break out area for 22squared by ASD. Photography by Randy Van Duinen.

“Given the speed of technological change, the tools we use to develop our ideas may be dramatically different—and we will continue to invest in them—but the fundamentals of great design will remain consistent.” —ASD


Newell Rubbermaid office by Perkins + Will. Photography by Tom Harris/Hedrich Blessing.

“Social responsibility and solving workplace issues have become priorities.” —Perkins + Will

“Space has a deeper influence on effectiveness of business culture and occupant outlook than in the past. Buildings are no longer just a place to work, but a place in which to create community.” —Gresham, Smith and Partners


Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel by Gettys Group. Photography by Nick Fochtman.

“As clients diversify their offerings, our firm now fills several roles on projects—from branding and research to interior design and procurement.” —Gettys Group

Florida Hospital for Women by Stantec. Photography by Ron Blunt.

“We are designing spaces that optimize the intended use while remaining nimble to accommodate the unexpected.” —Stantec


The Perry by Hartman Design Group. Photography courtesy of Hartman Design Group.

“Clients care much more that people of all abilities can live in and enjoy the same interior.” —Hartman Design Group


301 Howard by Huntsman Architectural Group. Photography by David Wakely.

“Design can catalyze organizational change in ways few other actions can. Increased metrics on business performance have resulted in more focused up-front discussions about how the workplace should perform and what it means to its users.” —Huntsman Architectural Group


Hines T3 by DLR Group. Photography by Ema Peter.

“We’ve witnessed a continuing movement toward evidence-based design and a willingness for post-occupancy survey and evaluation to document design’s impact.” —DLR Group

“Virtual reality and mixed-reality systems represent a massive forward leap in the ability to communicate design intent. We use these technologies to refine ideas, identify challenges, and create a more immersive experience.” —M Moser Associates


Spa Salong by Elkus Manfredi Architects. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

“Great design used to be a luxury. Clients now know great design is a necessity—and that it doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.” —Elkus Manfredi Architects


HKS headquarters by HKS. Photography by Daryl Shields.

“Our work in health care has informed a greater focus on wellness across all sectors.” HKS


MSD corridor by DB&B. Photography courtesy of DB&B.

“While integrating the most advanced technology to increase productivity, we also make it a point to add the human touch. A space is void without its users.” —DB&B

> See more from the January 2017 issue of Interior Design

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