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Office Insight 080818

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08.18.08
GIVING VOICE TO THOSE WHO CREATE WORKPLACE DESIGN & FURNISHINGS
A Minute with Ira Joe: Restaurant Problems
“No problem.” That’s what the young woman behind the countercountered with when I thanked her as she handed me a cup of Rhode Island clam chowder*. An odd rejoinder, don’t you think?And not the
rst time I’ve heard it in this young century.
FULL STORY ON PG.18
Young + Wright & The IBI Merger
Succeeding at succession: Earlier this year,
Young + Wright Architects
, a125-person Toronto-based
rm, joined forces in a merger/acquisition withcross-town giant
IBI Group
. Their combined
rm has a new handle,
Young +Wright/IBI Group Architects
.
FULL
 
STORY ON PG.3
Prize Prairie Interiors
The author recently took a tour of the Prairies, from Dallas to Minneapo-lis, stopping along the way to enjoy exceptional art and design – somenew, some old, some renovated. The following is a report on three out-standing interiors.
FULL STORY ON PG.7
Indoor Air Quality, Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is
Every cheesy teenage “slasher” movie includes the same scene: thevictim opens the attic door and peers into the blackness. What lurkswithin is evil and she knows it – but she ventures up the stairs none-theless. Fool.
FULL STORY ON PG.11
USGBC-NY Natural Talent Competition
The
Emerging Green Builders
of NY held the
USGBC-NY Natural Talent Com-petition
Award Ceremony on July 30th at the Mohawk Showroom. This yearthe Emerging Green Builders of NY focused its Natural Talent Competition on agreen school project in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
FULL STORY ON PG.13
Karen Brown and G3
Karen Brown
of 
Perkins+Will
is more than an interior designer. The SocialResponsibility Leader for the
New York Perkins+Will
of 
ce has an upliftingoutlook on life that will take her to three countries – Republic of Georgia,Ghana, and Guatemala – in three months starting on August 21.
FULL STORY ON PG.16
CITED:“EVERYTHING ISFUNNY AS LONG ASIT IS HAPPENING TOSOMEBODY ELSE.”—WILL ROGERS
 
08.18.08
GIVING VOICE TO THOSE WHO CREATE WORKPLACE DESIGN & FURNISHINGSPAGE 2 OF 29
Oct. 15-17, 2008
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xperience
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08.18.08
GIVING VOICE TO THOSE WHO CREATE WORKPLACE DESIGN & FURNISHINGSPAGE 3 OF 29
companies
Young + Wright & The IBI Merger
by David LaskerSucceeding at succession: Earlierthis year,
Young + Wright Architects
,a 125-person Toronto-based
rm, joined forces in a merger/acquisitionwith cross-town giant
IBI Group
. Theircombined
rm has a new handle,
Young + Wright/IBI Group Architects
.Consistently pro
table, Young +Wright (Y+W) has designed projectsvalued at least $1-billion in construc-tion value every year since 2000.Unique, because they work in thefull range of building types, (excepthealthcare). The
rm has not onlycompleted over a quarter of a mil-lion housing units and many of thecountry’s largest laboratory buildings,but it also has designed half a dozenchurches recently. Eight designerswork full-time on custom residences(featured in
Architectural Digest) 
inthe $1 million-to-$5 million range.As designers of Toronto’s SkyDome(recently renamed the Rogers Cen-tre), Chairman Emeritus,
Rod Robbie
,invented and patented the mecha-nism for a retractable roof on a largestadium. The
rm’s Wickaninnish Innon Vancouver Island was named thetop hotel in North America in 2002and the third-best hotel in the world by
Travel and Leisure 
.The Y+W staff is subdivided intostudio groups of eight to 12 so thatemployees have the informality of asmall practice and the bene
t of teamwork. The
rm even has a partner incharge of human relations guardingthe culture they have developed overthe past 30 years.There is another very unusualaspect to Y+W’s business model: Over10 years ago, Y+W had hired architect
Gerry McMaster
, formerly in-houseproject manager for a large Canadianbank, to manage its extensive work inCanada and the Eastern United Stateswith an American multiplex theatrecompany. Mr. McMaster was on theY+W payroll, yet he thought of himself,and their client thought of him, as theDirector of Project Development. Thisallowed Y+W to expand the traditionalrole of the architect as well as its in
u-ence on the project.As the cover-story feature in busi-ness section of 
The Globe and Mail 
ex-plained, Mr. McMaster, “knew not onlythe ins and outs of the architecturalside of the business but the more pro-saic planning details of securing leaseagreements, hiring lawyers, developingmarketing plans and even securingfavorable
nancing.” He even attendedto the installation of seats and projec-tors in a virtual turnkey operation.“This is unusual,” said Mr. Mc-Master in an interview. “It’s unheardof. I don’t know of any other similararchitectural example.”Over the years, the founding part-ners
Richard Young
and
 Jamie Wright
 utilized a little country of 
ce upstairson the main street of Creemore, ON,where members of the
rm wouldgo every four months for manage-ment brainstorming sessions. Duringone such retreat, they devised their18-point “go/no-go” Business Devel-opment decision grid. For instance,whereas relevant experience wouldearn one point on the 35-point scorenecessary to proceed, personalrelationships with one of the clientdecision-makers, or strategic marketpositioning, gained more value on the
rms evaluation chart. This helpedminimize time and money wasted onunsuccessful project bids.As for IBI Group, the publicly traded
rm offers services in four areas of practice: urban land, building facilities,transportation networks and systemstechnology. The integration of thearchitectural personnel at the com-bined of 
ces of Y+W with IBI GroupArchitects aggregates approximately450 personnel in Canada – the biggest
GARY ERICKSON & JAMIE WRIGHTRICHARD YOUNG

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