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Transforming spaces and revitalizing business through thoughtful, sustainable and socially engaged design


About Us The Collective is a uniquely structured architecture, design and interior services practice, focusing on providing creative design solutions for a diversity of built environments. We operate like a film studio, with the most talented design professionals and related experts. Our teams are specifically tailored for the needs of each project. Each design team works on one project at a time to create uniquely branded and focused solutions for our clients. We pride ourselves on delivering work on time and within budget. With regional offices in the USA and UK, we offer many complementary consultancy services ranging from real estate space strategy and feasibility studies to brand guardianship and business culture change. The Collective’s team structure results in highly creative and successful work, as exemplified by our firm’s reputation and receipt of major industry awards and accolades. Intrinsic to our practice culture is the total integration of social and environmental stewardship. We believe that sustainability and successful commerce are not only compatible but inseparable.

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The Edinburgh College of Art Evolution House The Edinburgh University Edinburgh Scotland, UK

Administration and teaching facility This project uses design to convey ECA’s philosophy of a transparency of communication, accessibility, and collaborative learning. The architectural design manifests the projects goals through the careful use of planning, lighting and material selections, as well as by delivering a cohesive and inspirational learning experience.

The Edinburgh College of Art Connector Bridge The Edinburgh University Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Master Plan and Design As part of the new master plan for the ECA, a “connector bridge� was required to link the new Evolution House to the ECA’s main building and Art College. In the heart of the historic city center, connector is lightly inserted into overall campus, framing views of Edinburgh castle and providing connection with the main building campus.

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The connector also provides an interactive platform for student work, display and experimentation. Here students can replace and reconfigure parts of the material enclosure to allow for exploration and expression of art, design and architecture.

Flagship Showroom The Mohawk Group New York, NY

Interior Architecture A first for Mohawk, this flagship showroom was designed to host seven significant and distinct carpet and flooring brands. Acknowledging that “carpet is king,� all design inspiration was drawn from flooring materials, manufacturing process and accouterments. The design concept uses the metaphor of a carpet roll unfurling with the two cylindrical volumes designated as Reception and a shared meeting space connecting the two ends of the floor.

With spectacular four-sided views the showroom enjoys a strong Southern exposure. The curtain (made from carpet backing material) is both functional and metaphorical and acts as the connector weaving through all carpet brands.

We use innovation and tradition to create a finely balanced sense of beauty, meaning and function. This aids to improve quality of life and well being

Corporate Office New York, NY

Interior Architecture This holistic, 3 million square foot, interior work environment p osi t ion ed f ut u r e f o r w a r d w a s d e vel op ed t o f o cus a r oun d t he int eg r a t ion of wor k , f it ne s s, a nd relaxation into one vertical campus setting, representing current cultural shifts in the workplace. With the intention of improving the quality of life for their employees, incorporated was a hotel and spa along with a state of the art sports club, child care and retail as part of this corporate office project.

Goldman Sachs

Work Place Strategies Working Flexibly

More 'we' than 'me'


The Collaborative Workplace Agile Humanistic Efficient Sustainable

Work Place Strategies Multi-functional

Privacy – Enhancing performance

Contextually Integrated

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Concept Development

Final Approved Layout

Carnegie Science Center E-Motion Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Interactive Sculptural Installation With the integration of art and science, “E-motion” is an interactive sculptural installation designed to ‘mark’ the science museum. The sculpture actively changes from day to night. E-Motion has become a commanding symbol for the Carnegie Science Center in the city of Pittsburgh.

Boys & Girls Harbor Concept New York, NY

Education & Performing Arts Center Programmed for a school from k-12th grade and a performing arts facility, this project will become a vital nucleus for the community. Exploring experiential learning methodologies and state of the art “black box� classrooms, the project utilizes natural light and architecture to promote optimal learning in the urban city context.

Our environments are the repositories of our memories and the containers of our dreams, aspirations, wants and needs. They are reflections of us, our society, our culture and our time.

Highland Village Baxters Food Group Fochabers, Scotland

Architecture, Branding and Master Plan Bringing history into the present, images of Baxter’s heritage are brought to life with modern materiality and exhibition design process. This project emphasizes an educational user experience, both throughout the site and within the buildings and its amenities, all the while making the rich Baxters history “come alive” through out the site and context

NY State Capitol

Restoration & Renovation Albany, NY

Restoration & Renovation Master Plan Award Winning Project

The New York State Capitol Building in Albany was built between 1867 and 1899. The State of New York recognized the need for a comprehensive, multi-year restoration and renovation effort. A thorough multivolume historic structures report was undertaken documenting the history, physical development, and current conditions of the entire building followed by the preparation of a masterplan. This program outlined areas to be restored versus rehabilitated. Priorities were established and preliminary scopes of work were assembled for the efforts designated. With the work and priorities indentified, cost projections were prepared for a five year program.

Woolworth Building

Restoration & Renovation New York, NY

Restoration Winner of Numerous Awards The building, completed in 1913, has an innovative steel frame and is clad with some 400,000 square feet of white and polychrome terra cotta. The restoration of the exterior terra cotta cladding commenced with the development of stress relieving techniques. Every second horizontal joint along the entire width of the building was cut to the full depth of the terra cotta (approximately four inches) allowing the stress to dissipate. Broken and cracked blocks were replaced with cast stone, joints were repainted and surfaces repaired.

Restoration & Renovation New York, NY

Restoration & Renovation Master Plan Following the recommendation of an earlier masterplan for phased implementation, the renovation of the upper portion of the sanctuary was undertaken, including the restoration of ceilings and decorative fretwork, a new fire suppression system, lighting and facilities upgrade. Over an eight year period the eleven-story Parish Hall, containing community facilities, a nursery school and residential units, was completely renovated and the general infrastructure of the church upgraded.

Madison Presbyterian

Interior Restoration Saratoga Springs Bank Saratoga Springs, New York

Interior Restoration and Redesign This significant renovation included upgrading of the main banking hall and related spaces, along with areas directly adjacent. This also included the mezzanine, main entrance vestibule and secondary entrance on the northeast corner.

When using the business of design to improve life quality for people, the fundamentals of human need become essential to understand.

Metafloor Lees’ Carpet Collaborative Collection

Best of Show Award, NeoCon 2001 Noteworthy for its collaboration, Metafloor exposes nylon for a radical new construction that is edgy, elegant and affordable.

Collaborative Voice

Karastan Carpet Translations Collection Antron Design Excellence Award, Los Angels, 2006 Best of Show Award, NeoCon innovation award , 2005 Having never been done before, the Translations Collection transformed the current woven technology to produce a physically 3-Dimesional product. Contrary to the typical carpet design process for manipulation of color pattern and texture, Translations uses one color, and instead, manipulates the inherent structure as pattern and 3-Dimensionality to induce change. Recognized for its innovative use of existing technology, when installed Translations delights over time with the discovery of new patterns shaped by light and shadow. Using a high lustre Antron yarn, the colors were inspired by the engineered building materials such as glass, metal and concrete

Sensory Collection Karastan Carpet Best of NeoCon Silver Award Winner, 2007 The sense of touch is the only sense that is fully developed at the time of birth in the human species and the one sense that cannot survive without. Because textile / fiber products allure people to touch, the Sensory collection explored the qualities of touch both literal and visual. Synthetic fiber is made to look richer than wool with the intentional focus on textures with optimal tactile appeal.

the collective Shashi Caan

Founding Principal, US/UK

Shashi Caan is an internationally recognized thought leader for progressive design. During her 25 plus years of design leadership and experience, she has simultaneously developed the three interlinked aspects of design practice, education and the coalescence of the global design community. She has a strong background in Corporate Design, with her former experience in leadership positions with the Firms of Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Gensler. She is the 2004 national US designer of the year, was granted the 2012 Golden Seat Architectural Master Award of China and, in 2013, she was appointed the JDP Design Ambassador to Japan. Her clients include such companies as Goldman Sachs, SEPA – Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in Scotland and Aon Insurance. Also known for her well acclaimed book Rethinking Design, Shashi is a renowned design expert and public speaker

Theodore Prudon Founding Principal, US/UK

Theo Prudon is internationally distinguished and a leading expert on the preservation of modern architecture. Over the course of his forty year career, Dr. Prudon has worked on hundreds of buildings and award winning preservation projects. He and his Prudon & Partners team of experts bring considerable architecture and design experience working with such clients as US General Services Administration, US National Park Service Commission, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Continuing to lead the field in his architectural expertise and research, Dr. Prudon teaches preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development. His seminal and award winning book The Preservation of Modern Architecture, is revered among design experts world wide.

John McGee

Managing Director, UK

John McGee has 27 years experience working in the commercial interiors marketplace. With a level of expertise that ensures the delivery of highly efficient and inspirational spaces, Mr. McGee has developed considerable knowledge working with blue chip clients over the years including The Royal Bank of Scotland, Shell, BP, Exxon Mobil, BT, Prudential and Halliburton. Along with these clients, Mr.McGee has worked extensively with organizations such as Scottish Courts, the Scottish Government, Edinburgh College of Art, and University of Abertay. He is an active member of the Coleman Research Group Executive Forum, New York.

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Our Ethos Our projects are led by one of four design leaders who remain the point of contact from project beginning to end. This ensures a consistent, intuitive understanding of the overall scale and complexity of the client and project, along with the required and necessary specialty of skill and expertise. As practitioners, we actively bridge design practice, research/theory and education, to arrive at substantial and meaningful project solutions. We hold meticulous client interviews and make observational studies which enable us to understand client requirements. For each project we broadly research the industry, the people and the latest technology. We incorporate our findings to deliver the most creative, functional solutions for our clients, striving to generate the most intelligent and responsive projects. The Collective’s collaborative structure results in highly creative, successful work as exemplified by our firm’s reputation and receipt of major industry awards and accolades.,

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Workplace and Retail

Health and Wellbeing Facilities

Hospitality and Leisure

Product Development


SELECTED CLIENTS Aberdeen University American Express Andrew Carnegie Trust Applied Materials Baillie Gifford Baxters Food Group BBC British Gas Cancer Research Centrica Energy Charles Schwab

City of Edinburgh Council Clydebank College Create, Modena, Italy Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service Deliotte & Touche Diageo Dundee University Dunfermline Building Society Edinburgh College of Art Exxon Mobil Goldmans Sachs

Harvey Nichols Hawke & Hunter Hewlett Packard Inver House Distillers Lloyds TSB Loretto School Marsh Mental Welfare Commission Merrill Lynch Morgan Stanley Morton Fraser

Multiple Sclerosis Society Murray International Napier University Prudential Registers of Scotland Robert Gordon University Scottish Environment Protection Agency Scottish Legal Complaints Commission Scottish National Party Scottish Natural Heritage Scottish Government

Scottish Widows Scottish Water Scottish Power Shell Student Loans Company Teekay Shipping Tescos The Royal Bank of Scotland The Royal Society of Edinburgh University of Edinburgh Western General Hospital

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