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Task Lighting in the Open Office
March 19, 2019
Task Lighting in the Open Office

When designing the lighting in a space, there are two different types of lighting to consider: ambient lighting and task lighting.

Project Spotlight: Skyline Tower
Women Encouraging Women
March 8, 2019
Women Encouraging Women

Every woman at DC has been encouraged or inspired by another woman in their life - mothers, grandmothers, best friends, design professionals, celebrities, and even characters from literature. Today - International Women's Day – we celebrate the stories of the women who helped make us who we are.

Meet the People: David West
Design Collaborative Wins Two Advertising Honors Awards
Effective Communication in the Workplace
February 18, 2019
Effective Communication in the Workplace

At DC, we are constantly looking to improve ourselves. This improvement includes our craft, as well as our personal and professional development as individuals and leaders.

Construction Cost Trends
February 11, 2019
Construction Cost Trends

Over the past decade, we’ve seen construction cost rise and fall due to the economy, instabilities of material prices, and the low availability of skilled labor. The result of these impacts have driven the increases in construction cost, created uncertainties, and have led some owners to consider delaying, re-scoping, and even cancelling projects.

Meet the People: Lori Duesler
Evidence-Based Design Process is Improving Healthcare Facility Design
January 21, 2019
Evidence-Based Design Process is Improving Healthcare Facility Design

For healthcare facilities specifically – one of DC’s core markets – there is an organized effort and movement to take the built environment to another level of positive human experience. This is known as the Evidence-Based Design process.

Kelsey Rowe and Nathan Woods Named Associate Partners
January 14, 2019
Kelsey Rowe and Nathan Woods Named Associate Partners

Eight people have been promoted as we begin 2019.

Meet the People: Jeremiah Hatfield
18 for 2018: The Definitive List
December 27, 2018
18 for 2018: The Definitive List

2018 has been a great year at Design Collaborative! During its final week, we reflect on 18 opportunities and milestones we’ve shared with our clients, community, and DC staff throughout the year.

Interns Design an Artists Retreat
December 17, 2018
Interns Design an Artists Retreat

Panoramique is a conceptual artists retreat located on the peak of a mountain in Colmar, France. This "inspiration hostel" was a team effort. Learn more from our fall interns.

What is a Master Plan?
December 10, 2018
What is a Master Plan?

A master plan is a long-term vision reflecting a strategic plan, and should be driven by a mission statement and a vision to clearly define what drives it.

Meet the People: Ryan Birkey
December 3, 2018
Meet the People: Ryan Birkey