What We’re Thinking

47 Years of Passion and Purpose

Russ Nichols |

This April 1st represents the 47th anniversary of RMW, a firm founded by Matthew Mills and David Robinson in 1970 on this day.  The passing of Matthew earlier this year January 9th has compelled me to reflect, and with his […]

RMW Remembers Matthew R. Mills

Dean Samuels | , ,

On January 9, 2017, RMW lost one of its great leaders. Matthew Richard Mills, AIA, co-founder and visionary of the firm passed away. Architect, father, husband, and friend, His passing calls for a time of reflection, not only on the impact he […]

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 […]

A Masterclass in Public Art

Dean Samuels | , , ,

From the East Bay Times to New York Times, to London’s Daily Mail, coverage featuring varied opinions of Truth Is Beauty have inched into our regional discourse and stirred, for some, a deeper appreciation of the impact of public art. […]

Place-Making San Leandro

Dean Samuels | , , , ,

What would the world be like if women were safe? What would a tech campus be like with internet speeds of 100 Gigabits per second? The answers to these questions may be more connected than expected, and both may be […]

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 […]

Building Cooperation with the San Francisco 2030 District

Stan Lew | ,

California ended 2015 in a historic drought, despite the arrival of El Nino. The December Convention on Climate Change in Paris highlighted rising greenhouse gas emissions. And it seems commonplace when we hear about another environmental affront in some part […]

THE Campus @ 3333 Attracts Tenants By Design

Dean Samuels | , , ,

In 2011, when Menlo Equities took a chance on developing an office campus in Santa Clara without a signed tenant, the market called it a risk. That risk paid off: in 2015,  Palo Alto Networks leased 752,000 square feet at THE […]

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 […]