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
A deep knowledge of both architecture and construction make Chris an exceptional leader with the ability to translate the client’s goals to the team. He understands facilities need to maximize corporate ROI and improve employee performance. His 23 years of architecture and construction experience include many of the region’s defining corporate and commercial projects. Chris is an active member of the community having served as the 2012 president of the Omaha chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a member of the Omaha-Council Bluffs American Heart Association Leadership Team and the downtown Omaha Rotary Club.
As a Senior Designer with 24 years of experience in DC and New York, John’s work includes corporate-commercial, mixed-use, institutional, hospitality, federal, preservation and adaptive re-use projects in the U.S., Asia and Europe. His design approach strives to create elegant, timeless work that possesses a special meaning for Context and Client alike. He engages the complete process from concept design, through approvals, detailing, and construction to ensure the vision is realized. His passion for excellence can be seen in several successful international mixed-use tower assignments, as well as many domestic projects including his most recently completed building at 660 North Capitol St, NW, Washington DC.
Rodolfo J. Hernandez, LEED AP
Market Sector Leader - Interiors
Rodolfo’s 25-year career and award-winning portfolio include projects for private and public clients. He possesses a unique gift for interior designs that express the branding, personality, and mission of his clients. Rudy is noted for his expansive and creative design intelligence, resulting in repeat clients that seek his design concepts, prototypes, building standards from design development through construction administration, and implementation.
Ruth Jansson, CID, IIDA, LEED AP
Principal - Director of Interiors
Market Sector Leader – Corporate & Commercial
Ruth co-leads a corporate-commercial 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.
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 the co-leader of a 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.