We are a strategy-led, design studio that creates human-centered spaces, experiences and services.
Design leader Patrick Whitney suggests a "third way". A process that combines both "rigor and creativity" is needed to tackle the issues that face us today, "a methods-based, human-centered approach to global challenges". Strawn + Sierralta follows this lineage of thought and integrates design methodologies with architecture's systems-thinking approach.
We conduct generative user research, from in context, one-on-one interviews with end users to co-creation sessions with client stakeholders. Discovering what users value and how they navigate through the world is the foundation for every project.
Today, services are more complex than ever, often blending multiple digital ecosystems with a series of spatial settings. Unpacking these hybrid journeys and sharing them in highly visual and approachable ways allows the project team to design breakthrough user experiences.
Experiential prototypes move projects forward faster. Bringing them into the process as early as possible allows users to give feedback when cost of discovery is low. Prototypes are utilized across the entire design process to pose the right questions at the right time.
A competition, exhibit and series of events questioning the state of the art of architecture today. This partner program for the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial celebrates the Chicago Architectural Club's 130th Anniversary.
Reimagining the future of urban living through the design of a dwelling in a mid-century icon.
SERVICE DESIGNER + DESIGN STRATEGIST
Brian grew up on a family farm in rural Illinois and went on to start up an Architectural Experience Design (AXD) department in an innovation consultancy. Brian specializes in Service Design for Spatial Environments.
ARCHITECT + EDUCATOR
Karla grew up on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and studied under a Fulbright Scholarship in Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on Inhabitation and Endemic Tropical Design.
As architects dedicated to healthy and livable communities and guided by scientific consensus and reason, we advocate for action on Climate Change.