The Loop is an incredible example of how a spirited and committed group of community members, an inspired and focused Executive Director, and a collaborative design team can use design to bring planning and a vision to life.
The goal for Adam Foster Fine Jewelry’s 3,700 SF high-end showroom and studio was to create a completely original retail experience to provide a dramatic backdrop for the designer’s distinctive, one-of-a-kind pieces. Inspired by Foster’s creative vision and aesthetic, our design concept of “modern gothic luxury” informed the showroom elements - from the sophisticated finishes, lighting, and casework details.
Foster’s work is inspired by a combination of traditional old-world craftsmanship and contemporary design. This same approach also informs the sophisticated palette and details of the new showroom. Upon arrival, guests are enveloped in classic drama as they step off a nondescript elevator into a dimly lit black room with a single display case as a focal point. Inside the display case lives “Basel,” a handsome taxidermy peacock belonging to the jewelry designer. A custom engraved brass floorplate welcomes guests into the showroom and the glow of the natural daylight from a large skylight and full glass exterior wall draws you further into the space. Elevating the client experience, the showroom doubles as an event space – featuring a full bar, large dining table, indoor lounge, and outdoor patio.
“The challenge to create a space where all preconceived notions of the retail experience were challenged, allowed our design team to fully curate the design of both the showroom and production studio into an experience unique to the Adam Foster Fine Jewelry team. The sophistication and attention to detail the design showcases was truly inspired by the master craftsmanship that has contributed to Adam’s success.”
-Chrissy Rogers, Arcturis Lead Architect
Custom casework with integrated lighting and custom upholstered display systems were carefully detailed as not to distract from the jewelry. Foster’s previous showroom display cases reflected more of a “cabinet of curiosities” approach, and we wanted to represent this concept in the new space. A black mirror and brass bar back display provides a dramatic backdrop to the showroom’s otherwise minimal design.
Our lighting design approach was quiet and urbane. The details and finish of the fixtures themselves were thoughtfully selected so the jewelry stands out, not the light fixtures. Adjustable downlights in the main client room allow for flexible aiming when showing jewelry. In the main space slim black 4000K LED cylinder track heads powerfully illuminate various pieces making them pop in the overall subdued space while hidden tape lights combined with small aperture downlights in the wall cabinets help the jewelry come to life. The cooler light temperature is ideal for highlighting the gemstones and details of the designer’s work.
The design challenge to create a place where beautiful jewelry and sophisticated customer experiences worked alongside each other. We believe this challenge was met. The space is functional, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind—much like the work within it. Our work with Adam Foster Fine Jewelry was a wonderful example of how design can enhance and create a truly unique retail experience. The Arcturis team was thankful to work with a client with exceptional taste and distinctive talent.
Jennifer Biggers is an Interior Designer based out of Arcturis’ Fort Worth office. She also has a Master’s in Architecture, and is in the process of taking her licensing exams. Jennifer is a great asset to our design team, and Arcturis is fortunate to have her.
What are your favorite design styles?
I prefer simplicity in design and those who know how to create a moment. I have visited Mies Van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Chicago, and Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Paris, and both Architects are able to capture this moment as you are walking along the tree lined trails, the path suddenly opens up and the homes are visible. In both instances, you are removed from the traffic and people that lie on the other sides of the tree and planted back into nature.
What are some of the design trends you’re seeing coming up in Texas?
Like everywhere else, clients are requesting more integration with technology and flexibility, especially when it comes to their personal workspace. Clients still want the open plan, but are realizing the need for privacy. DFW is one of the fastest growing cities, as a result, our clients are realizing the need to go above standard to retain their key staff members. As a result, lounge spaces and break areas have taken a higher importance than before. Lounge spaces take on more of a living room feeling with games and break areas provide snacks, better coffee, and spaces to work.
What are some interesting projects you’ve worked on?
I helped produce the construction drawings to restore one of the oldest courthouses in Texas, which was built in the late 1800’s. Field verifying that in the August Texas heat with hornet’s, who were living inside the building, was fun! I also worked on several detention and public safety buildings so we would tour local in-use facilities and would see how evidence and prisoners were processed into the system.
Do you have any pets?
I have a cat. Her name is Dani, after the boy from the Shining.
What are you listening to right now?
As I work I listen to Podcasts. I finished Dr. Death, about a local surgeon in Dallas, and have started Man in the Window.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what field of work do you think you’d be in?
I would probably be a florist. That seems like a peaceful job.
Thank you for this quick conversation, Jennifer, and thank you for all you do to help make Arcturis great!
At Arcturis, we design for people. This dedication to people helps to form our design focus on all project types, with a goal of using design to improve how people live, work and experience the spaces we help to create.
Recent opportunities have allowed us to focus on projects for individuals in transition or crisis. Through collaboration with the client and evidence-based research, we create design that supports rehabilitation and treatment efforts.
The new Harris House Rehab Facility (St. Louis, MO) and ACH Child and Family Services Residential Treatment Center (Fort Worth, TX) exemplify the design thinking necessary for residential therapy settings. In these instances, the programming phase of the project is critical to developing the appropriate path for the design team to follow. Important questions define who the project is serving, how are they admitted to the facility, treatment needs, and what level of “risk” do they pose. The concept of “support” becomes central to space design versus a facility meant to “constrain.”
The use of trauma-informed care has proven to successfully reduce recidivism and allow the residents associated with these projects to thrive. Design that considers these deeply human needs can support an organization or facility’s mission to restore and support those in crisis.
There are careful design considerations that contribute to project and program success:
1. Balance of safety and desire to maintain a sense of home or place
Create a hierarchy of space that transitions from public to semi-private to private and assign levels of risk to each of those and use these levels as a guide for design decisions.
Plan for premium costs for items that may potentially impose risk but add more value towards the sense of place you are creating (ie – safety glass, anti-ligature hardware, and accessories that look more “regular” instead of detention,” well designed or even “hidden” wall protection instead of institutional looking wall protection)
Bedrooms will provide privacy and a sense of personal ownership, but staff must have some ability to monitor residents
Restrooms are the highest risk areas and their location and accessibility must be carefully considered
Consider separation of sexes and the potential impacts with both alternatives
Provide areas for gender nonconforming residents
2. Purposeful direction of traffic using floor plan design/flow to help maintain security and avoid confusion
Naturally direct residents experiencing trauma or aggression to secure outdoor space
Stringent review of door hardware to allow the appearance of free access with some control over high risk areas and to avoid escape
3. Provide ample space for staff to be able to support their residents;
Provide enough support/back of house space to simplify staff responsibilities so their focus can be on residents as needed
4. Access to outdoor space and the mix of use within that space
Balance of structured environments and open/natural/exploratory environments
Provide walking paths as a means of release
Determine if outdoor space is required to be secured and design appropriately- If secured, avoid overly intensive fencing or barriers and use people as the first line of defense
5. Natural light is critical in every room.
Private or personal space should have light and views and be able to be controlled by individual.
All education or social spaces should have natural light as a main design focus.
Incorporate high/clerestory glazing in corridors or glazing at the termination of corridors to improve how these are experienced
6. Balance of personal space and group/activity space
7. Material Palette should be durable but not feel institutional.
Use natural materials in locations that have a high aesthetic impact but are not able to be destroyed or graffiti’d
Use a more subdued or neutral color palette in therapy and residential areas, with color accents (if necessary) in the more social spaces
While each project must be approached on an individual basis, these considerations were a driving factor in the design of both projects highlighted. All design decisions ultimately related back to the goal of enabling both the ACH and Harris House teams to properly attend to their residents, and to create a space that is supportive of the necessary cognitive development for healing.
Written By: Chrissy Rogers
Arcturis is honored to work with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) to create the organization’s new Teen Center for Excellence. One of the first such centers in the country, the center will:
“…enrich our children’s lives and the city by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life and become productive citizens.”
-Dr. Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President
The 27,000 SF new construction building is located in Ferguson, Missouri. By building the center here, the organization will create a positive environment in a community belabored with difficult realities and negative national press. In collaboration with the client’s vision, Arcturis’ goal was to design a bright and engaging environment for the organization’s deserving youth, ages 12-18. The location of the new center is not only an important goal for the club but also a way to elevate the entire community. Situating the building as close to the street as possible will activate the street, draw people in, and connect the project to the surrounding neighborhood. Obscured glazing around the gym allows for activity on the interior to be seen from the street edge while still maintaining a level of privacy. As the first piece of new construction in the area, it is hoped to be the cornerstone for future development.
Every design decision was made to respect the club’s needs regarding budget, durability, and overall function. The Teen Center contains a basketball court, teaching kitchen, music studio, drama studio, auditorium, intellectual commons, innovation center, game room, fitness center, art room, and staff offices. Locating the intellectual commons at the center of the building maximizes the amount programmed spaces creating an internal atrium. White walls and raw materials are used to allow the interior to act as a blank canvas for the club while exposed structure and unique details allow teens to see nearly every building component. Bright vibrant pops of color are carried through to the interior on strategic architectural elements and furniture. Colorful metal window surrounds on the second floor dictate specific functions within the building allowing natural light to fill each space.
At the “topping out ceremony” for the new Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, we once again quote BGCSTL President Dr. Flint Fowler when he said:
“We feel it is so important to have the flag flying over this ceremony, over this site— because this building, like the flag is a symbol of freedom: a vehicle to give the teens that come here the freedom to define their future, rather than letting circumstances define it for them.”
Arcturis is so proud to work with such an amazing organization that does so much for our community. As a team we have loved seeing the building come to life and we look forward to seeing the teens in the space!
By Rachel Sarvis
Amy Edwards… a quick conversation.
Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?
Yes, for the most part, although it took me a while to find Interior Design. My dad was an aeronautical engineer; seeing his incredible sketches and mechanical drafting sparked my interest in drawing and problem solving.
I am very interested in how space affects people--whether they perceive it or not. From office productivity to recovery time during a hospital stay, there are methodologies that can be incorporated into an environment to elicit a response. I find this type of problem solving to be quite powerful!
Getting to know about another industry is fascinating to me. To know a client’s business--their day-to-day life-- is one of the most interesting things about my job. Through design I’ve worked with wide varies of people: neonatal pediatrician & nurses, theologians, researchers, innovators, chefs, and IT professionals. Helping to solve their organization’s problems, improve their environments, create opportunities for growth, contribute inspiration, and improve outcomes is integral to improving a space. Design can be a vehicle for change and I feel fortunate to use creativity to elevate experiences for clients.
So you are teaching now. Can you tell us what you are teaching and your teaching style?
Students have access to so much more technology than ‘in my day.’ I’m impressed by their drive to explore solutions by moving immediately into realistic renderings or virtual reality. It makes sense, technology has really advanced our practice and there are great tools that can be utilized at every stage of the design process enabling the sharing of ideas and content. In some ways I’m learning right along with them. In others, I am their coach, fostering their talents and helping them explore their potential. They will be bridging the gap between the best practices of today and the limitless opportunities of the future.
What recent projects have you worked on?
Projects at Arcturis are so varied, and I really appreciate that. I enjoy the close connections we make with our clients. Creating spaces that impact lives is the most important part of what we do. We can see and feel the effects of our work through the ongoing partnerships we create with our clients.
I’ve enjoyed working with the team at T-REX and seeing their business evolve. Their fast-paced growth has never out-shadowed their ability to stay nimble and create spaces that strengthen and excel the diverse types of work of their resident companies. It’s exciting to get a glimpse behind the curtain of some of the most cutting-edge tech work being done in the country.
How do you give back to your community?
My good friend has MS, and I’ve been participating with her in the annual BIKE MS Ride. What started as an opportunity to get fit and spend time with friends has become a huge part of my life. Our team, United by Design is in its 10th year. This group has branched out not only to support the MS Society but also Pedal the Cause, The Wolf Ride for Lupus, and a few organizations that are important to our teammates.
Can you share any experiences that might help others?
My husband and I worked with friends to frame a house a couple of years ago. It’s been one of my most valuable experiences. Working beside some ‘do it yourselfer’ architects and getting their insight on “the way things should be built” was eye opening. Constructability is always so important to any project. Having experiences like that can help you make key decisions in the way details should be designed.
So, what about music? Who are you listening to these days?
I love everything from Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. They are a couple who perform separately and together either way they are incredible!
Amy Edwards thanks for this quick conversation. It was great to hear more about your life. We love what you add to the Arcturis team.
As part of this mission, T-REX partnered with Arcturis to develop a 10,000 SF coworking space and technology incubator where entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and other professionals can build their businesses, foster a community of innovation, and create a network of creativity and support.
At Arcturis, our strength is listening to our clients. It is our goal to create outcomes that truly reflect clients’ goals and aspirations.
To keep up with the rapidly changing pace of advancements in technology and trends, in 2017 Arcturis brought in design expert Shelly Beckemeier to lead our Workplace Strategy expertise. Coming to Arcturis with thirty years’ experience in real estate strategic planning, design, and construction, Shelly truly has a passion for creating spaces that help people and businesses thrive.
“Half the fun of design is the process of discovery and analysis that leads to creative solutions,” says Shelly. When working with a client to create a workplace strategy, Arcturis’ collaborative team works together to research, gather, and analyze data to uncover the best ways to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and employee experience.
Although it varies by company and project, workplace improvements can drive culture, enable choices, promote wellness, enhance engagement, nurture community, reduce real estate costs, and accommodate new technology resulting in a higher-performing workplace.
“We wanted a new space to display the new brand with some splash. Arcturis engaged all parts of our corporation in the design process, which really helped with buy-in through change management. Everyone enjoys the new space, and our gathering areas are used all the time. This has become a very special, cool, and unique space.”
- Peter J. Conrad / Chief Administrative Officer, Edgewell
In 2018, Arcturis was engaged by the City of Brentwood, Missouri to craft an identity for the Manchester Renewal Project. The project’s intent, in concert with Great Rivers Greenway and civil engineering demands, is to renew and support changes to the area that will integrate and revitalize retail, residential, pedestrian, and vehicular activity. Arcturis’ Landscape Architecture and Planning team is collaborating on this project as well, and we are thrilled to touch all aspects of the transformation.
Our initial work sessions with the client team helped us to understand the diverse and changing demographics of Brentwood. It was important to reflect the spirit of the growing and energetic community when we concepted this community outreach campaign. Thus, to contemporarily reflect the project goals and intentions, the visual brand had to be dynamic, approachable, and vibrant. The spirited letterforms selected were originally inspired by and created for use in a neighborhood in Argentina where the typographer was raised. Although this city is half a world away from Brentwood, using this typeface provided clarity and communicated a similar story for this flourishing community. Arcturis developed a brand strategy for this community outreach program entitled Brentwood Bound which included a logo, typography, brand standards, secondary tagline options, and suggestions for use.
Nestled into the word Brentwood, a graphic “100” serves as a subtle nod to Brentwood’s centennial year in 2019 and to a future 100 years of growth. It also refers to Manchester Road’s other name as Missouri “Route 100.” Leveraging elements like a red circle and a bold letter “B,” the round icon ties back into the existing park identity developed by Arcturis, yet the new elements better tell the project story and intent. A looped “knot” in the center signifies binding the community together and connecting the greenway to Brentwood and the surrounding communities.
To provide consistency between the brands, colors for this effort were pulled from the Brentwood parks identity palette. However, the team selected brighter and more vibrant tones of these colors to add visual interest and excitement to Brentwood Bound’s brand creating a larger overall palette to diversify the identity.
In addition to the logo and as a part of the kit, we supplied the team with additional brand elements by creating a pattern of shapes through deconstructing various letters and other elements from the logo. This pattern illustrates the idea of all the various elements of the project combining to create a brighter future for the city. By providing the client with robust examples and guidelines for how to use their new brand identity, they successfully utilized the kit of parts to create an overall branded experience.
As part of a continuing effort to make the America’s Center Convention Complex “the front door to St. Louis,” America’s Center collaborated with Arcturis and Levy to transform the former Visitor Center at the corner of Convention Plaza into a café that welcomes visitors and drives in pedestrian traffic from bustling Washington Avenue.
America’s Center wanted to provide an amenity space for their convention guests to gather, refuel, catch up on work, or have a quick meeting with their colleagues. Together, we conceptualized a hip work café with a fresh menu and a comfortable and welcoming aesthetic.
Catering to the diversity of their convention attenders, the design incorporated a variety of seating options including bench, booth and comfortable couches and chairs. All areas are equipped with power so visitors can work in any posture.
At the far end of the space, an abstract watercolor feature wall reminiscent of spilled coffee draws you into the upper level and provides a dramatic backdrop to an otherwise neutral palette.
Our interior and graphic design teams collaborated to develop the branding, menu signage, environmental graphics and website landing page, ensuring the clarity and consistency of concept.
With collaboration between both the client and our design disciplines, Arcturis transformed a formerly underutilized space into a vibrant urban café.
As a team of diverse talents, we come together uniquely for each client. We love discovering and understanding what makes you distinct. This is what makes our work rewarding - having creative, supportive and interesting partners and clients like you.
For this, we are grateful.
All of us at Arcturis wish you a festive holiday season and a happy, healthy 2019.
As the holidays approach, people across the country brighten their homes with lights. Diverse and wonderful traditions incorporate illumination as the centerpiece of traditions. Both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa utilize lighting candles as part of their celebrations. Christmas festivities primarily revolve around a lit tree, or, for those channeling their inner Clark Griswold, the entire exterior of the home! Even the simple act of lighting a fire when family and friends gather brings a different lighting effect to homes as celebration fill our days.
However, the importance of lighting design is not relegated to only the holidays. Used appropriately, dynamic lighting is an impactful way to create interest within homes and workspaces. New products in the marketplace can influence the energy of a space in unusual and exciting ways. At Arcturis, our lighting design team is constantly learning and testing new products to share the best and “brightest” with our clients.
One novel product to recently hit the market is the Rubik® light fixture. As one of the first installations of this product in St. Louis area, Arcturis converted an area of open office into a work lounge with a sofa, mobile soft seating, a floor lamp, a marker board, a video screen, and then placed Rubik® fixtures on the ceiling above.
Offering a constantly gradating grid of white and grey, the Rubik®’s consistent movement affords eyes visual variety in an otherwise static environment, not unlike gazing up at clouds in the sky. However, clouds cast shadows on the ground while these fixtures produce consistent light conducive to focused or collaborative work.
Besides the gradating fixtures, the Rubik® offers color accents in a wide range of colors that can be swapped out depending on the season, the company brand, an event, or even as a visual cue for communication. At Arcturis, we programmed our fixture to exhibit brand colors, and, depending on the season or event, we update the color accent to align.
Lighting plays an important role in every aspect of our experience – to learn more about our lighting expertise here.
On October 12, 2018, Arcturis participated in the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Gateway Chapter fashion show. Inspired by design and the edgy world of circus culture, this year’s theme, “Couture Under the Big Top,” took place at The Big Top in Grand Center, with Arcturis’s own Amy Edwards serving as event chair in partnership with Interior Investments’s Susie Woodland and CI Select’s Amanda Warren.
Local interior design firms were paired with manufacturer representatives to create ensembles made from materials such as textiles, flooring, and even, live plants. The Arcturis team was paired with Wolf Gordon and Jaeckle Distributors. Christina Fox, Allison Nelke, Brandi Ball, Sarah Barth, Olivia Graff, Jodi Caticchio, Michelle Rotherham, David Wolff, Sally Prather, Lauren Vanden Akker, and Rita Radley worked to create a garment inspired by the blurred line between beast and man, Lion and Tamer.
“To tame the beast, the greatest lion tamers must commune with the lion. Gain his trust. Speak his language. Exist on his level. But what happens when the line between man and beast becomes blurred?
As the tamer delves ever deeper into his animalistic nature, the beast inside is unleashed, transforming him into a creature not quite lion…yet not man.
Representative of his transformation, a stunning mane of hand-rolled gold leaf wallpaper frames the face of a man that exhibits the ravages of his transformation.
With his open jacket exposing his still human torso and secured by a wide belt, his lion tamer garb is the only vestige that remains of the man.
To tame the beast, you must become it.”
It was a night enjoyed by “ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages” and true success for the IIDA Gateway Chapter.
To further the reach of this amazing event, all the beautiful garments created for UnRavel are on exhibit at the Central Library now through December 23, 2018. Special thanks to the St. Louis Public Library and specifically, Cathy Heimberger and Barbara Higgins for their help in creating the exhibit for all to see.
For St. Louis Design Week, Arcturis partnered with Kingdom House and Sherwin Williams to create a mural that celebrates design and community. While Arcturis spearheaded the creation of the mural, it was a truly collaborative event where people from Kingdom House and the St. Louis design community pitched in to complete the project.
Kingdom House, a community resource center, is a hub for all underserved people in our community. “Kingdom House believes in transformation…from the inside out. Through holistic programs and services, they promote empowerment and growth in individuals and families. They help the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independence, self-sufficiency and a path out of poverty.”
So, we set out to transform the side of the Kingdom House building with our collaborative event that shows how design can transform, communicate, and benefit community spaces like this. Our design is a collection of geometric forms that come together to create an abstracted image. These forms, when viewed as a whole, create an overall design that closely follows the design principles of unity and balance. We felt that this visually embodied the mission and spirit of Kingdom House.
The mural contains interactive and stimulating elements that give visitors using the space something exciting to experience when using the outdoor recreation area. For example, elements like the curved line that weaves and connects each section of the design, or the grouping of dots in the middle, become visual games to engage the viewer. At the same time, we helped to contemporize this recreation area with vibrant colors and bold patterns.
We believe that design can transform a space, and the experience of collectively creating this piece was a great way to show the spirit of the St. Louis Design Community. A huge thank you to our partnership with Kingdom House, and the generosity of Sherwin Williams for helping these efforts come to fruition.
We’re trying something new on our blog. We have some amazing and talented people that work at Arcturis, and we want to share them with you. Welcome to Arcturis Asks: Insider Edition!
For this first installment, we sat down with recent addition to the Arcturis architecture team, Cameron Strickland. (And if there is a better way to get to know someone than forcing them to answer 10 random questions, well…we don’t want to know about it.)
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO.
Since you’re a STL native, what’s your favorite St. Louis food: toasted raviolis or St. Louis-style pizza?
Toasted ravioli, hands down. No one in Kansas knew what is was and it was saddening.
Where did you go to college?
Kansas State University, where I graduated this past May with a Master of Architecture degree and a minor in Community and Regional Planning.
Did you always know you wanted to be an architect?
Growing up, art and creativity were central to my life and were a part of my self-expression. During my teenage years, I started a student-lead art club at my high school and was eventually asked to paint two murals at the school. I also participated in local art competitions and exhibits such as the ‘Chalk the Loop Festival’ and the St. Louis Art Museum’s first annual ‘Youth Artist Exhibition.’ It was not until my later years in high school that I decided to pursue architecture because I did not know what it was.
Back to college, were you involved in any organizations in college?
Yes, I was involved in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Black Student Union, and the American Institute of Architecture Students. I also served as a Peer Educator for Freshmen in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design; and served as President of the campus chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. I also made the Dean’s List while participating in these various organizations.
Wow! You were busy in college. Did you take it easy in the summers?
Somewhat. During the summers, I returned to St. Louis to take summer classes and held internships with The MUNY, Hastings+Chivetta Architects, and the City of Berkeley, MO.
Any favorite memories from college?
Many of my favorite memories involve spending time with my friends. In particular, we all studied abroad in Europe for a semester where I got to speak with locals in their local Italian and Spanish languages. This also provided me with the opportunity to travel to a variety of places across Western Europe.
So you enjoy traveling. Any recent trips?
Recently, I traveled to Chicago for the 2018 NOMA UNBOUNDED Conference, where I went on community tours, participated in a roundtable discussion promoting dialogue between communities of people of color and the design profession. Additionally, I attended multiple seminars that discussed experiences in the design profession, wellness and equity in building materials, intersectionality, how to combat sexism in the professional environment, and how to engage youth unaware of the design profession.
It sounds like a fascinating conference. What was the most interesting part for you?
As part of the conference, I viewed the work of Theaster Gates and toured the continuous impact of African-American culture on the city.
Lastly, time for some Cameron Fun Facts: what do you enjoy doing when you’re not designing buildings and changing the world?
I am lefty who enjoys kayaking. Growing up left-handed often required me to approach the world with out-of-the-box thinking, such as learning to adjust my hand while drawing or painting so as not to smear the piece. Kayaking allows me to explore and connect with nature at a slower, more relaxing pace.
That closes out the inaugural edition of Arcturis Asks. Welcome to Arcturis, Cameron (and thanks for being a good sport)!
Arcturis is proud to announce Judy Glik as Director of Brand Experience - a newly created position at the firm. Working with the Graphic Design and Brand Experience group (GRX), Judy will energize all stages of the branding process, bringing a new level of vision and service to Arcturis' clients and partners.
As a brand strategist, Judy creates narratives that guide the user experience and connect people. She has worked with clients—from technology start-ups to retail concepts, from non-profit organizations to corporate clients—to bring their stories to life within the built environment. Originally trained as an apparel buyer for her family’s fourth-generation retail clothing business, Glik Stores, Judy transformed her talent for identifying trends and interpreting cues into a career in brand strategy.
“We are thrilled that Judy has decided to join our team. For the last eight years, Judy has partnered with us on projects to deepen the discovery process to better support our clients’ needs. Her ability to understand client culture and add a level of creativity has elevated each project she has worked on. Everyone at Arcturis is thrilled to add her to the team!” - Traci O’Bryan, President/CEO at Arcturis.
The Graphic Design and Brand Experience group at Arcturis cultivates a purposeful discovery process which leads to compelling and comprehensive brand strategies. Collaborating with each client, the team develops branded environments, brand identity & design, wayfinding & signage, website brand design, and event design.
When famed architect Louis Sullivan designed the Union Trust Company building, little did he know the lasting impact the fourteen-story architectural gem would have on St. Louis. When completed in 1893, the building at 705 Olive was a hub of vitality and innovation in the nation's fourth largest city. In 2015, Restoration St. Louis purchased this iconic building to transform it into Hotel Saint Louis under the Marriott Autograph Collection.
Arcturis was honored to be selected for the hotel’s branding and website design. Mirroring a unique and bold history, the personality of Hotel Saint Louis is one where “individuals can make their mark.” Arcturis designed a logo that reflects the singular, indelible image of an architect’s stamp as an homage to the past and vision of the future.
Highlighting local knowledge and all the city has to offer, Hotel Saint Louis provides a bespoke environment where guests can create remarkable itineraries uniquely their own.
Arcturis collaborated with Restoration St. Louis to create custom names and logos for the hotel’s restaurant and bar: Union 30 and /Form Skybar.
The name Union 30 celebrates the rich history of the former St. Louis Union Trust Company as well as the building’s numerical spot on the city’s landmark list. Drawing inspiration from singular St. Louis culinary traditions, the menu unites comfort food and innovation for creative takes on hometown favorites. The logo incorporates the “bearcats” that adorn the cornice of the building in a modern take on the building’s architectural ornamentation.
Elevating Louis Sullivan’s influential principle, “Form Ever Follows Function,” /Form Skybar is one of the only rooftop bars in the city of St. Louis. The custom logo joins together Sullivan’s historic ideology with modern design.
The Hotel Saint Louis branding project is particularly near and dear to Arcturis’ heart. Directly across from our office, the hotel can be seen from where we work, and our team eagerly awaits drinking, dining, and socializing at our newest “hipstoric” neighbor.
Experiencing rapid growth, Adarza, a biotech company whose name means “reflection” in Sanskrit, desired a space that would accommodate their needs while representing the brand and culture. Inspired by Adarza’s meaning and founding technology, Arcturis incorporated conceptualized elements of reflection and perception throughout the design to represent the brand.
Depicting a key tool in company’s detection process, a pattern of luminous dots on the ceiling guides users while reflecting the design inspiration throughout the space. Privacy film on the glass-enclosed conference rooms and breakroom glass divider provides gradations from opaque to translucent, eventually allowing for increased clarity into the areas.
Another important environmental element is the “Community Wall” in the breakroom. A vital component of this company’s brand, their defined culture relies on the cross-pollination of knowledge. By creating a space that allows employees to share ideas and contribute to their environment, Adarza is writing their own story and continually expressing their brand and culture.
For anyone visiting Adarza’s redefined space, Arcturis’s design provides clarity about the technology provided while further refining the company’s story and culture.
This project was completed in collaboration with DCM Group. A special thanks to them for helping this vision become a reality! @dcmgroupstl
Just a few generations ago, countless dresses and pairs of boots were designed and made in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Second only to New York in importance, the city was known as a fashion capital that helped dress the nation.
Second only to New York in importance, the city was known as a fashion capital that helped dress the nation. That role has faded over the years, but the St. Louis Fashion Incubator aims to revive the industry.
The non-profit, which provides emerging designers with studio space, a stipend, and mentorship, envisions a hub of local companies designing and producing garments.
Former CEO of architecture and interior design firm Arcturis, Patricia Whitaker believes in that mission and connected her firm with the organization...
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