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Arris Finkbeiner and Peter Wojtowicz —promoted to Associate

“Arris Finkbeiner and Peter Wojtowicz have been promoted to associates at Valerio Dewalt Train. They have 11 and 12 years of professional experience, respectively. While at VDT, Finkbeiner has worked on projects for Balyasny Asset Management, Convene Chicago, and Glassdoor. A few of Wojtowicz’s projects for the company include Canopy Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Omega Yeast in Chicago; and the Bell Tower in Denver, Colorado.” -Interior Design Magazine

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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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People on the Move: Matt Gamache

“Matthew Gamache, AIA, LEED AP, joined Valerio Dewalt Train in 2007. He has worked on several projects for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, including master planning, historic preservation, additions, and the Early Childhood Center in Chicago; he led the visioning phase and formulated design principles for the University Research Park in Madison, Wisconsin; and he worked on the design of the Godfrey Hotel in Chicago. His current projects include the University Research Park Master Plan in Madison, Wisconsin, and offices for GRAEF Engineering in Milwaukee. “ -Chicago Business Journal

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People on the Move: Dana Stiernberg

“Dana Stiernberg AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCIDQ, joined Valerio Dewalt Train in 2013. Her completed work for VDT includes the Google Tech Corners and the Google Pacific Shores campuses and site renovations in Sunnyvale, California; renovations to Adobe’s offices at 601/625 Townsend Street in San Francisco; and offices for VMware in Dallas, Texas. She is currently working on offices for VMWare in Bellevue, Washington. “ -Chicago Business Journal

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Summit Design + Build Completes Renovations at Two Chicago Music Venues

“CHICAGO — Summit Design + Build LLC has completed renovations at the House of Blues and the Aragon Ballroom, two Chicago music venues. Summit remodeled the VIP areas at each venue. At the Aragon Ballroom, Summit renovated the first-floor staff offices and expanded the restrooms. At the House of Blues, Summit remodeled the third-floor Foundation Dining Room. The project also included a new bar with custom windows, new flooring and lighting and the addition of a small stage. RLE Partners and Valerio Dewalt Train & Associates made up the project team. Live Nation owns both venues. ” -ReBusiness Online

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