Architect/Designer

March 11, 2021

Interface Design Studio Elevates Modular Systems Thinking

Part of the fun of modular, systems-based design is using creativity to reinvent the innovative. For the talented designers of Interface Design Studio (IDS), it means taking a classic product and reimagining it in a completely new way. In 2012, Interface launched the first transition tile in the Urban Retreat™ Collection designed by David Oakey…

February 16, 2021

Purpose-Built Spaces Designed for Experiential Learning

As a leading polytechnic and one of Canada’s largest apprenticeship trainers, the Northern Alberta Institute of  Technology (NAIT) offers world-class higher education  that propels industry, innovation, and sustainability. NAIT’s campuses in Edmonton and Spruce Grove serve more than 50,000 students from across Canada and around the world. With a concerted focus on applied sciences and…

February 10, 2021

Resilient Design Principles to Reshape the Built Environment

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Interior Design Magazine’s Innovation Channel as part of a content partnership. It has been edited for clarity. As the pandemic continues to place new demands on the built environment, designers are tasked with creating spaces that protect the physical, as well as mental and emotional, health and wellbeing…

January 25, 2021

Creating Unique Spaces for Exploration at Science World

Science World’s iconic, geodesic dome from Expo ’86 is a well-known Vancouver landmark. And with approximately 700,000 visitors a year, the science centre is one of its most popular attractions. Science World offers experiential learning in a variety of galleries and circulation spaces with different themes that require a unique look and feel. Good design is…

January 12, 2021

Reimagining the Workplace for a Post-COVID World

These days, as we’re all learning to navigate a new normal, laying the grounds for an office where employees feel comfortable starts and ends with safety. It’s about adapting the workplace to solve issues like distancing, wayfinding, acoustics, and sustainability—all while maintaining a sense of style.

And companies such as Interface recognize that flooring is an essential design element when creating the foundation for a safe space.

January 5, 2021

Reapproaching Base Camp: Identifying Our Next Design Plan

During our Base Camp redesign project, keeping employee behaviors, expectations and needs at the core of decision-making remained a priority. At the same time, we wanted to ensure the design and culture of our global headquarters remained intact. With key redesign objectives top of mind, we tapped Perkins + Will, the architecture firm that led…

December 15, 2020

Reapproaching Base Camp: A New Look at the Space

While there may be some time before a sizable return to our Atlanta-based HQ, Base Camp, putting a design plan in place was an immediate need, especially as employee feedback showed newly established fears around the open floorplan at Base Camp related to COVID-19. Armed with data and feedback from our employees, Interface’s core project…

December 7, 2020

Why Ikigai is the Design Philosophy We All Need Right Now

Whether organizing your way to happiness or embracing hygge, the Danish philosophy of cozy living, it always seems that just when you catch up to a design craze, insiders are already on to the next. So while the ascendance of ​Ikigai​ was intriguing, skepticism seemed wise. ​Ikigai​, which translates to “having a purpose” in English, is of Japanese origin, associated with the feeling of self-fulfillment earned by pursuing a meaningful life. Today, it’s being embraced by the creative community.

November 30, 2020

Ontario Association of Architects Meets Carbon Neutral Goals

Given its role as a regulator, promoter, and resource for Canadian architects in Ontario, it’s hardly surprising that the Ontario Association of Architects would want its Don Mills headquarters building in Toronto to meet the loftiest of sustainable standards. Originally designed by Toronto architect Ruth Cawker, who won a province-wide competition to create the building…