Announcing: Four Staff Promotions

April 26, 2017

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates has promoted four of its Chicago staff members. Robert Webber and Tom Daly have both been promoted to Senior Associates. Within Media Objectives, Valerio Dewalt Train’s in-house experiential graphic design studio, Stephen Killion has been promoted (...)


2016 Year in Review

January 12, 2017

2016: It was a big year. Huge. Looking forward to a what are surely to be eventful months ahead, we take stock of a tremendous year behind us. Check out these selected highlights.

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Q+A: Louis Ray, Principal

October 13, 2016

“If you do your job and keep your clients happy, the rest will take care of itself.” -Louis Ray

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Q&A: Randy Mattheis, Principal

June 14, 2016

“Architecture happens at the great moment when data and intuition intersect in an artful way.” -Randy Mattheis


In the Making: Vue53 Brand Strategy + Graphics

May 17, 2016

Vue53 is the newest addition to Hyde Park’s rapidly evolving skyline. With Part 1 of “In the Making: Vue 53,” we take a look at how the unique, collaborative design process between Media Objectives and VDTA’s architectural team resulted in a highly-customized graphics and brand strategy that responds directly to the architecture and the neighborhood.

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Q&A: Bill Turner, Principal

March 10, 2016

“I love taking the data acquired from research and applying the art of architecture to produce a concept and design.” -Bill Turner

Photo by Chelsea Ross

Q&A: Mark Dewalt, Founding Principal

February 23, 2016

“I think the problem with a lot of architecture in America today is that it’s too pragmatic. … Our philosophy here is research-based design, but that doesn’t mean pedestrian.”   -Mark Dewalt

Photo by Chelsea Ross

Q&A: David Jennerjahn, Principal

February 9, 2016

“I try to really understand all aspects of the client and their needs. Then I find a creative thread to pull through the vision of the project.” -David Jennerjahn


This is the first post in a new blog series produced by Valerio Dewalt Train called, simply, “Q&A.” By sharing regular interviews with the individuals behind our work, we hope to offer a more in-depth and personal look at who we are, what we do, and how do it. We kick off the series with the inimitable David Jennerjahn. Next up: Founding Principal, Mark Dewalt.

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Year in Review: 2015

January 21, 2016

With a new year upon us, we took a moment to take stock of the year we’re leaving behind. In 2015, we opened our third office in San Francisco, welcomed many new team members, continued work on Northwestern Mutual’s headquarters (...)

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Valerio Dewalt Train Welcomes New Team Members and Peter Schlossman

December 11, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Valerio Dewalt Train continues to expand its talented roster of architects, designers and communication professionals, adding 23 new team members since May of this year. We have grown especially fast within the last year (...)

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VDTA Breaks Ground with Kresge Foundation

May 18, 2015

We are very excited to announce that this past spring we broke ground on the Kresge Foundation expansion. The expansion will be designed to accommodate the future needs of the Foundation and add approximately 15,900 of space to the headquarters, (...)


VDTA Finishes Strong with VMware’s Regional Office in Bellevue

March 15, 2015

VDTA renovated two top floors in the downtown Bellevue office tower. The space has magnificent 360 degree views of the mountains, and overlooks Lake Washington to downtown Seattle. In a highly competitive talent market, the client looked to the design (...)

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VDTA completes VMware’s Regional Office in Dallas

March 10, 2015

This project doubles the footprint for VMware in the Dallas Area. This office is located in a building that was designed to provide office space consisting of small enclosed offices and large seas of cubicles.  The challenge here was to (...)

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Valerio Keynotes IV International Bienal on Sustainable Architecture

December 20, 2014

Joe Valerio was invited, by Habitat Futura, as a panelist discussing the complexities of sustainable design in architecture at the Fourth International Bienal on Sustainable Architecture in Barcelona, Spain. Valerio provided insight into the design process for the firm’s Kresge (...)


VDTA Breaks Ground with Walsh College

October 25, 2014

Walsh College approached VDTA to assess the campus and outline concepts for its future growth. VDTA responded with a new 2-story insertion with the existing Walsh College building. There will be interior renovation and refresh work to the existing building (...)

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Northwestern Mutual Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

October 10, 2014

Construction has begun on a 32-story, 1.1.million square foot headquarters for Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. CEO John Schlifske and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett hosted the groundbreaking event along with representatives from the design team , Milwaukee-area business-leaders, residents and (...)


Opening of New San Francisco Office

October 1, 2014

 We’re excited to announce the opening of our newest office in San Francisco’s South Park neighborhood, adding to the firm’s two offices in Chicago and Palo Alto. VDTA principal William Turner leads both the California offices.   “The new office (...)


VDTA Completes The Godfrey Hotel. The Results…Stunning.

July 18, 2014

This was the first new hotel constructed by Oxford Properties which updated a number of existing hotels in downtown Chicago.  We proposed a research effort that began with surveys of their existing data base of guests.  This effort focused on (...)


Millennials Respond Positively. VDTA Finishes Seven27 Apartments.

July 14, 2014

Madison is like many college towns.  People come to study and then stay to work for the research driven entrepreneurial businesses are in turn changing the face of the city. Beginning in 1995, we worked for Urban Land Interests to (...)


VDTA Completes First Phase of UC Lab Schools Earl Shapiro Hall. Educators Rejoice.

June 1, 2014

The Laboratory Schools, founded in 1904, serve students from Nursery School through 12th Grade.  Earl Shapiro Hall (ESH) is part of a master plan which also includes 300,000 sf of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and a new 100,000 sf (...)