I photograph Shive Hattery's projects all over the Midwest and beyond, but this opportunity was a rare one. They recently asked me to shoot their own brand new office in Iowa City. Of course, I am honored and consider myself lucky to continually work for such a great company. Naturally, they designed it themselves and it is beautiful!
Over the years I have been able to visit countless architecture and design firms. This time I was really thinking about how important it is for a design firm to have a great space to work from. It really does shape who they are and it also impacts ideas they bring to their clients. The spaces need to promote collaboration and inspire creative problem solving. Designers do not want to bring their potential clients into an out of date space and then pitch them new and interesting ideas that their office is unwilling to try.
It was obvious to me that the employees in the Shive Hattery's Iowa City office are genuinely excited to be working in there new office. I have to admit, I was excited too! It almost makes me want to trade in my self employment status and go work for them in Iowa City just to be able to work from this space (and whoop them all at ping pong over lunch).