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CNA offices of Chicago

CNA Headquarters, Chicago. Photo © Tom Harris

For this financial corporation, the robust capital letters CNA, slanting 70 degrees from vertical to comprise the firm’s logo, are literally reinterpreted throughout every aspect of the headquarters’ architecture, design features, and furnishings.

Utilization Study IA Interior Architects Design Intelligence

Screen shot of a utilization study. Image courtesy of IA Interior Architects.

IA's Director of Design Intelligence Guy Messick explores current and projected emerging technologies and tools that will advance the capture of better Utilization Knowledge and revolutionize how we strategize, select, design, and maintain the workplace.

Sapient Nitro, Toronto, ON. Photo © Tom Arban.

Sapient Nitro, Toronto, ON. Photo © Tom Arban.

With the rise of resimercial and the importance of flexible space, the Danish concept of Hygge influences many IA-created environments. We asked members of IA’s design team to describe hygge and tell us why it needs to be a part of the workplace.

Confidential Client, Chicago. Photo © Tom Harris.

Confidential Client, Chicago. Photo © Tom Harris.

Inspired by recent thought leadership on this subject, IA looks at creating work environments that enable colleagues to be both giving and productive.  

visual confidentiality

What are the six core steps for creating visual confidentiality in an open or semi-open work environment that also allow for collaboration?

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IA is a global firm of architects, designers, strategists, and specialists. We focus exclusively on environments through the lens of interior architecture—a radical idea in 1984, when IA was founded. We are highly connected agents of change, committed to creativity, innovation, growth, and community.



What happens when light and sound are client priorities? Why would those two features take precedence? How do they impact overall design and together create elegant outcomes at premiere music production school Icon Collective in Burbank, CA?

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At the heart of the travel industry is the luxury hotel or resort, providing an uncommon experience for some and a level of comfort aligned with lifestyle for others. Add to that a new factor, the demand for sustainability that is gaining traction with travelers worldwide. Can luxury hotels meet sustainable objectives? What is sustainable luxury? Will the drive for eco-friendly hotel interiors and building materials redefine the aesthetic of luxury hospitality design?

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War memorials are sacred spaces designed so that visitors may recall and reflect on the sacrifice and bravery they commemorate. But why do memorials exist, and more importantly, why do these buildings, sculptures, or set-aside lands hold meaning long after the events have passed?

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A roundup of IA's most popular blog articles of 2018.

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