What We’re Thinking : design process

The Lobby Amenity

Dean Samuels | Terry Kwik | Gary Koshaba | Jenna Szczech | , , ,

First impressions are an important part of human interaction and often set the tone for the relationships that follow. The lobby is your building’s first impression. Not only does it create a lasting memory and adds value by orienting users […]

The Visionary Value of Architecture

Stephanie Silkwood | ,

Returning from the AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference in Detroit, I’m inspired by the messages of fellow architects who are doing great things in our communities. I’m reminded that many architects do so much more than design buildings. I learned about […]

5 Facts about Value Engineering

Patrick Todd | ,

Put simply, “value engineering” is the process of finding ways to save our clients money, whether through equivalent design options, changes in scope, or decreasing operating costs. But let’s face it – value engineering has an image problem. The phrase […]

The Value of Co-Creation in Workplace Design

Janet Braden | ,

As the Great Place to Work Institute famously found, there is a direct correlation between a strong workplace culture and increased annual profit. The challenge for executives and facilities managers is: how do you design a workplace to support a strong […]

Your Office’s Hidden Exercise Tool

Gary Koshaba | ,

It’s official: “sedentary” is now a dirty word. A number of well-publicized recent studies have shown that sitting for more than three hours a day can cut two years off your life expectancy. It’s the “sitting is the new smoking” phenomenon. […]

45 & Forward: Community, Inspiration & Contemplation

Dean Samuels | ,

RMW architecture & interiors celebrates 45 years of design in 2015. Last month Tom Gerfen, RMW’s Chairman of the Board, looked back at how the company formed and built a legacy. This month, the firm’s President Russ Nichols gives insight […]

45 & Forward: RMW Celebrates 45 Years of Doing What We Love

Tom Gerfen | ,

From pin bars/mylar to Revit/BIM, graphite to graphic interface, digital evolution to gay revolution. Berlin wall gone, China open. Mainframe to cloud… change has been our context. And yet our DNA still tracks through. A passion for design, the wonder […]

Designing a Better Market Street: Two Ideas

Dean Samuels |

RMW architecture & interiors has spent a lot of time on San Francisco’s Market Street over the past few years, completing design work for 1155 Market, 1355 Market, and 1455 Market. As San Francisco’s main thoroughfare — the place where […]

Repositioning Office Buildings for Curb Appeal

Dean Samuels | ,

Efforts to revitalize San Francisco’s mid-Market Street appear to be paying off. For years, the corridor loosely bounded by Sixth Street and Van Ness Avenue had the highest commercial vacancy rate in the city. Now, several major projects have been built or are […]

“Love What You Do:” Career Advice for New Architects

Russ Nichols |

Congratulations, graduating architecture students! You’ve chosen a career that can be both magical and maddening — but always matters. RMW has put together a quick video from Russ Nichols, president of RMW, talking about why it’s important to love what you […]