Design for an Evolving Workplace
As an industry leader in corporate and commercial design, we work closely with our clients to create distinctive environments that strengthen their brands, enhance their operations, and reflect their values. Our expert team is passionate about delivering comprehensive solutions serve your business goals, improve culture, enhance collaboration, and respect the environment. As commercial designers, we create spaces that attract the best tenants, and exceed your development goals. Corporate or commercial, our focus is unyielding: design excellence, exceptional service, and environments that endure, attract, and improve how people work.
Corporate & Commercial Leadership
Christopher J. Johnson, AIA, LEED AP
Chris leads project strategies, client relationships and investments across our Omaha studio. Three decades of architecture and construction experience inform his focus on core tenets of our work, such as design excellence, client service and developing effective leadership and teams.
Clients, friends and colleagues know Chris for his ability to unite individuals aimed at a common goal. His vision and expertise have shaped, and continue to shape, many of the region’s defining projects.
Chris is a past president of the Omaha chapter of the American Institute of Architects and stays active with local organizations, such as the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council.
Kristina L. Crawley, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Commercial Market Sector Leader
Kristina Crawley has more than 14 years of experience in commercial mixed-use, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace design in the United States and abroad, including commercial and mixed-use projects from Shanghai to South Korea to Dubai.
Kristina encourages thought leadership and mentorship and is an enthusiastic supporter of women in the professions of architecture, engineering and construction. With a passion for contextual design and placemaking, she has published several articles on resilience, international architectural responses to climate change and post-disaster reconstruction.
Ruth Jansson, CID, IIDA, LEED AP
Principal - Director of Interiors
Ruth is part of a corporate commercial leadership team that specializes in working with developers and asset managers. She has worked with prominent Washington DC developers for 26 of her 30 years practicing in the design and architecture field. She is an award winning designer who has had several projects published in Interior Design magazine, and has long been considered one of the most talented colorists in Washington, DC by her peers as well as her clients. Ruth has worked on a variety of project types, including base building public spaces, airports, hotels, law firms, financial institutions, fitness centers, core restrooms and professional theaters. She has a gift for maximizing floor plate efficiency for corporate clients, and continually enhancing the planned space for end users and property managers alike.
Ruth is also very involved with Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) DC. In 2017 she was named the co-chair of its sponsorship committee, and continues to have a position on its membership committee. A member of CREW for 28 years, Ruth was also on its board of directors, focused on programs.
Heather E. Robbins, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, WELL AP
Senior Interior Designer
Heather’s designs marry technical and aesthetic considerations across all building types. You may have experienced her designs in Omaha at the Cobalt Credit Union headquarters or CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Campus. With 15 years in the industry, she recently led a 500,000-SF commercial interior renovation of multiple buildings on an aggressive schedule.
Our clients praise Heather's problem-solving, cost-effective eye toward sustainability and her visual harmonies, not to mention her approachable personality. She brings to each project attention to detail and a forward-thinking strategy for programming, space planning and selection of finishes, equipment and furniture.
Heather has been published in Healthcare Design Magazine and her corporate work has won multiple design awards from the Nebraska/Iowa chapter of the International Interior Design Association.
Among co-workers, she is famous for her Halloween costumes.
Irena Savakova, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Design
Irena is an award-winning architectural designer with 25 years of experience developing projects for federal, commercial and educational facilities in the US and internationally. She enjoys an industry-wide reputation for her creativity, passion, and knowledge in managing complex core and shell developments, interiors, and space-planning projects. Over the past seven years, Savakova has led or contributed to the architectural design of new signature facilities for the US Department of State, Social Security Administration, the National Guard Bureau, the Air National Guard, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and NASA. She began her design career in Bulgaria. In 1991 she graduated with a Master of Architecture degree and began practicing in the European Union, where she is licensed as a registered architect. In 1995, she earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Mark is part of a corporate commercial leadership team that specializes in project design and management of corporate commercial and highly technical facility projects. He and his team work closely with developers and asset managers providing innovative designs that incorporate Building Information Modeling (BIM), strategic planning and sustainable building practices. Mark has 20 years’ experience, is a licensed architect in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, and is a member of the National Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.