Look Inside Yelp's 'Unboring,' CTA-Themed Chicago Office

“Designed by the architecture firm Valerio Dewalt Train, the office covers 133,000 square feet and spans two stories of the Mart. Yelp's Chicago office occupied only one story of the building when it first opened, back in 2015, but the staff grew quickly. By 2016, the team needed another floor, which Yelp connected to the first with a staircase.” -Mae Rice, Built in Chicago

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Graef prepares future downtown Milwaukee HQ space and employees for move

Engineering firm Graef will ask its employees to pack up their desks in the Honey Creek Corporate Center just before the holiday break in December. When the 150 workers return at the end of the year, it will be at the new headquarters office in the top floor of the former Shops of Grand Avenue, in the middle of Milwaukee’s most active downtown neighborhood for new development.

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Finding a Way Home: Two affordable housing projects in Wisconsin—and their architects—are part of a new, community-based approach to public housing.

“Throughout the design processes, Torti Gallas + Partners, Kindness Architecture + Planning, and Entelechy for Westlawn Gardens, and Valerio Dewalt Train Associates for Tree Lane prioritized the voices of the communities that the developments would be serving.” -Katherine Flynn, Architect Magazine

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Yelp's New Chicago Office Reflects the City's Roots

Crowdsourced review site Yelp has a new Chicago office in The Mart, designed by Valerio Dewalt Train, that speaks to its company culture. “At its core, Yelp’s business is fueled by the candid, varied opinions of the masses. These consumer reviews expose and reveal their unvarnished personal experiences of commerce,” says David Jennerjahn, principal at Valerio Dewalt Train. “Yelp’s offices embrace a similar exposed honesty in the design of the workspace.”

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Hiba Bhatty featured in Crain's Chicago Business' 20 in their 20's

“Trained as an architect at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Yale University, Bhatty is now shaping spaces to suit clients' needs. When Valerio Dewalt Train Associates was designing a large office space for a tech firm in California, she contributed to the design of the "collaboration pockets," where repetitive wooden screens create the different levels of transparency that small groups might prefer for one type of work or another.” -Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business

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A Look Inside Balyasny Asset Management’s New Office in Chicago

“After successful projects for BAM in New York and San Francisco, the team at Valerio Dewalt Train again worked closely with the BAM real estate and leadership teams to establish planning and aesthetic goals for the project. The team stayed consistent with a clean modern aesthetic while using a new set of finishes and materials that better suited the light and glassy feel of the building BAM would call home.” -Officelovin’

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What's the most important thing to know about recessed lighting?

“Miles Stemper, who’s implemented recessed illumination in various multi-unit residential projects, concurs: “It’s desirable to make spaces like basements feel open and bright. Often the best thing to do is create even overall illumination and complement that with lighter finishes,” says Miles Stemper, an architectural designer at Valerio Dewalt Train.” -Sheila Kim, Residential Products Online

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AIA Disruptive Design Competition: Honorable Mention

"The “sideways house” suggests a new paradigm for Chicago’s 25’ wide by 125’ deep typical lot. The house is turned to face a ten foot wide linear garden running from street to alley. The house is considered as six 20’ long modules with an overall length of 120’. From street to alley the parade of uses are: 1. second bedroom/second living unit, 2. kitchen/storage, 3. living room, 4. master bedroom, 5. open garden, and 6. workroom/garage.

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Downtown Chicago’s best public art: Here are 15 works every Chicagoan should know

Art on The Mart is the largest permanent digital art installation of its kind in the world. Using 34 projectors, Obscura Digital and architecture firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates have transformed the limestone facade of the Merchandise Mart into a 2.5-acre canvas for digital expression. Although it debuted in late 2018, Art on The Mart has already established itself as one of Chicago’s great public artworks. “ -Curbed, Chicago

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