The Symantec Story: Why WELL?

Symantec-0213It’s always extra gratifying when a project you’re working on embodies a personal passion, but when it involves two?!?  That’s an architect’s dream. For me, this happened not too long ago when working on a headquarters renovation for tech giant, Symantec.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and competing for some of the best and brightest minds in the technology industry, Symantec understood from the very beginning that they would need to find ways to differentiate their workspace from the competition.  Not an easy feat when you’re surrounded by the Googles and Apples of the world. Yet, Symantec realized the power of good design and that they had an opportunity to create an environment that would make a tangible and measurable difference in the lives of their employees.  For us, and our partner firm AP+I, this was music to our ears.  READ MORE

The Connection Between Space and Wellness

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As living beings, we are impacted by our environment. Design plays a significant role in human health, and the way that we configure and manipulate elements in a space can mean more to its inhabitants than whether they like the color of the walls or the texture of the carpet. On the broadest level certain environmental factors have universal effects on all of us – i.e. daylight & circadian rhythm. In other cases these environmental factors are very personal and specific, based on our genetic wiring. Genetics set the stage and the environment activates those genes in different ways. READ MORE