Financial Firms Leverage Workplace Design to Gain Competitive Edge

July 15, 2008

In today's increasingly competitive marketplace, professional services firms understand the advantage of a workplace that communicates their culture, brand and expertise. With a client roster that includes some of the most successful firms on Wall Street, including Argonaut Capital Management, Tricadia Capital, and Raymond James, Callison's workplace design is helping to position financial services firms to attract talent, facilitate collaboration and streamline operations.

"Financial service firms are moving toward an open, collaborative environment that is highly conducive to communication and cross-pollinating ideas," says Gabe Hernandez, principal at Callison. "We believe that the brand and design of the workplace not only helps attract the best and the brightest, but responds to the nimble nature of the financial services business."

For example, Callison's design for East Rock Capital, a New York-based hedge fund manager, exemplifies this trend with a modern space designed with open trading positions and clean, light color palettes and finishes to compliment and communicate the dynamic spirit of the firm.

"Callison's high level of architectural talent and taste combined with a project management team that aggressively advocated on our behalf and efficiently pushed our project through rendered our relocation nearly seamless," says Josh Moreau, chief administrative officer for East Rock Capital. "Callison was able to manage the project's contractors, among other moving pieces, to ensure that our project and space were delivered on time. We are extremely pleased with our new space and Callison's design."

From architectural design to space planning and interiors, Callison has extensive experience translating company brands into physical spaces. Using a user-driven approach, Callison's workplace designs help companies translate firm identities into compelling environments.

Callison, the number one retail design firm in the world (World Architecture, 2003-2008), plans and designs retail, hospitality, mixed-use, residential, corporate, and healthcare projects worldwide. With offices in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Shanghai, London, and Mexico City, Callison is one of the largest architectural design firms based in the United States with 800 professional staff. Clients include Nordstrom, Microsoft, Hermes, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, AT&T, Harrods, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Boeing, HP, Nike, Victoria's Secret, Seibu Department Stores of Japan, and General Growth Properties. Visit to learn more.

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