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LACC’s First Design Tour of 2019 – Akerman LLP, Thursday, 4/30 5:30 – 8:30pm


Greetings Los Angeles Design Community! Just around the corner is IIDA, LACC’s very first design tour of 2019!! And it is going to be a great one…

Downtown Los Angeles has no shortage of office buildings. Springing up out of an underdeveloped urban center, newer high-rises have grown to dominate the landscape, offering a contrast to the uniquely Californian architecture that illustrated the city’s history in decades past. With the older buildings, local architects and designers are in the middle of creating a renaissance; pairing a century-old history with the needs of a changing contemporary culture.


This is the story at the backdrop of the law offices of Akerman LLP. Located in Bunker Hill’s CalEdison building, one would imagine that a law office beyond the warm, dark art deco lobby would include heavy wood desks, books lining the walls, private offices lining the spaces where light comes in. But gone are the days of the dark chambers of legal offices, and Wirt Design Group’s work on Akerman’s new digs showcase everything the modern law office strives to be. Exposed concrete and raw materials inspire a space that feels fresh.

A large focus on gathering and entertaining both indoors and out make Akerman a different company, and you can experience this with IIDA’s LA City Center on Tuesday, April 30 5:30PM – 8:30PM.

Our evening will take us through the social spaces of the office, touching on the design of the building and the benefits to those who occupy the space. Join us to learn more about this project. Tickets can be purchased on the event page here.

Hurry, as space is limited and tickets will sell out! See you on Tuesday, April 30th!

Inland Empire’s QVC Design Tour Recap


IIDA Inland Empire members toured QVC, designed by QVC Internal Design Team and RGA, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, with more than 40 guests in attendance. Prior to the tour, Elizabeth Gonzalez and Vita Lagoda from IOS, along with Patrice Brown, Senior Communications Partner at QVC, spoke about the design intent and answered questions. IOS partnered with RGA and QVC, to create a stunning 1.2 million square foot distribution center and office space. Furnishings included selections from Haworth, KI and Global.

Millions of people shop QVC every day for apparel, cosmetics, and home goods. QVC, short for quality, value and convenience, offers a highly engaging, highly differentiated shopping experience that attracts their customers with relevant products and authentic story telling. The new space in Ontario engages employees in a modern, light filled LEED Gold Certified building. A 250kV solar farm occupies space on the rooftop, and the building features 840 skylights. The state of the art distribution center features 3 miles of conveyor system and sorting systems that can ship 150 units per minute. The facility opened on August 29, 2016 and shipped its first order 2 days later.

The floor plan features several collaborative work areas, as well as casual gathering areas for employees. According to QVC, their new space embodies their company’s culture. The space is welcoming and innovative, housing 349 employees currently with plans to expand to 1100 employees within a few years.

Thank you to Patrice Brown at QVC for hosting IIDA Inland Empire for hosting us at this inspiring facility, and IOS and Haworth for providing drinks and snacks for the tour.

Do You Have a Project Worthy of a Design Tour?


Do you have a project worthy of an IIDA SoCal Design Tour? We’re looking for spaces to tour for the design community for 2018 throughout Southern California. Recent IIDA SoCal design tours include: Wilshire Grand Center and Edmunds in Los Angeles, Morgan in Orange County and Carling Communications in San Diego.


If you’d like your space to be considered, please fill out the form here and provide information about the projects and photos. One of our City Center Directors will be in touch soon!

CCL makes waves in San Diego with the Summer Design Tour


Innovation. Integration. Impact. This is the motto for the Center for Creative Leadership. All of these were seen in abundance as IIDA San Diego City Center held it’s Summer Design Tour at the Center for Creative Leadership.


Five engaging panelists from four different disciplines discussed the progression and plans of this amazing space. Panelists included representatives from Hughes Marino, Hollander Design Group and the Center for Creative Leadership. Panelists discussed design challenges, the importance of building a great team and of course, Creative Leaderhip.


Whimsical touches including a paragliding mural encouraging ‘selfies’ and photo opportunities allowed users to dream big and ask “how high can you fly?”

Over 60 guests. Great event sponsors -Koroseal, Momentum, Shaw, Bycor and Unisource.

Great opportunity to learn about CCL in our community.

Gretchen Richardson, IIDA

Wunderman Unplugged

OC Monthly Meeting & Wunderman Design Tour, Irvine, CA

On February 5th in downtown Irvine, IIDA Orange County hosted a tour of Wunderman’s California office designed by HOK. Led by Bryan Ickes, VP of Operations for Wunderman, the tour focused on the artistic details that energize and inspire the employees to create. Bryan explained, “When you come off the elevators, we wanted to make sure you didn’t know you were in [a corporate office]”.  The dimly lit dramatic elevator lobby opens into a reception area featuring objects from previous ventures such as a vintage London phone booth utilized in the popular “London Calling” campaign for Jaguar. While the phone booth is merely decorative, Bryan admits he still uses the line inside to refill the postage meter.

Wunderman wanted a dramatic piece of art for their reception area and after careful consideration of a real moose head, they landed on a paper mache wolf head instead. To make the decor stand out even more they asked each employee bring in a picture frame they no longer used to place on the wall around the wolf. Images of this installation serve as a background to their “how we do it” section of their website and is a constant reminder of their synergistic spirit.

Walking through the space you notice the strong focus on team areas and a lack of traditional work stations. Even at 6:30pm the office was nearly full with several employees (canine and human) working at their desk, in the kitchen, even on the outside patio. Drew Lewis, New Media Director for Wunderman, explained that the environment created by HOK and Knoll is so engaging that you never want to leave. Open benching systems by Knoll and comfortable lounge furniture provided by Systems Source encourage employees and clients alike to linger.

Creativity is evident in every tiny detail including naming collaboration rooms after popular music festivals and printers after mustache styles. Sending your important document to the “Handlebar” printer can’t help but add an extra spring in your step when retrieving it.

After touring an installation that felt more like a friend’s home than an office, it was apparent that HOK created a space as successful as the work Wunderman produces.

Emily Iwanicki
Andreu World America

IIDA OC Monthly Meeting and Design Tour

This year marks Gensler’s 30th anniversary in Orange County, and no better way to celebrate than in a new space! Please join us for the IIDA OC Monthly Meeting and Design Tour of Gensler’s new Orange County space on September 4th from 5:30-7:30. Gensler’s Newport Beach office “incorporates all four work modes – focus, collaboration, learning and socialization – to create an energetic, next generation office space. The integration of a variety of work settings, including a design innovation lab, circular resource library, a public gallery and café, and informal meeting spaces, fosters creativity within an agile work environment, drawing upon an abundance of natural daylight. The design philosophy fuses elements of the “modern beach house” with a commitment to sustainability. Gensler Newport Beach is pursuing LEED Platinum Certification.”

Gensler’s address is 4675 MacArthur Court, Suite 100, Newport Beach CA 92660. Free surface parking behind the building. For more information and to RSVP please click here.

Elise Ozawa
Momentum Group