Introducing ONE Global Design: a new network of 17 firms from the U.S., Canada and Mexico

Historically, national and international corporations with a need for architectural and interior design services in different cities have had two options: hire different small firms in each market and oversee multiple individual projects, or go with one large firm with the resources but limited local insight, talent and accountability. Today, 17 independent corporate architectural and interiors firms in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico seek to change that approach.

Of the 17 members, three are Canadian: KLR Design Group (Calgary); Figure3 (Toronto); and SSDG Interiors (Vancouver ).

The executive team of ONE Global Design, on behalf of its member firms, today announced a new concept for corporate clients who retain architectural and interiors services. Conceptualized by Norm Liedtke (CEO of Meyer, an architecture and interior design firm in Philadelphia) and Ron Carlson (principal with Partners by Design in Chicago), ONE Global Design offers a new solution for corporations with multiple projects across the U.S., Canada and Mexico – the unique opportunity to tap into the knowledge, experience, and local expertise of 17 firms each considered best-in-class in their respective markets.

“We recognized a need in the marketplace that was not being filled,” says Liedtke. “Our corporate clients were growing geographically, but they were not being served by the large multi-national, multi-office firms who lacked personal accountability and first-hand client knowledge.”

Together, Meyer, Partners by Design, and the ONE Global Design executive team created the foundation for the network, recruiting independent firms that met their highly selective criteria. In addition to Philadelphia’s Meyer, the ONE Global Design executive committee consists of Hendrick, Inc. of Atlanta; Wolcott Architecture | Interiors of Los Angeles; and FME Architecture + Design of San Francisco.

“We’ve had extraordinary success on more than 40 projects, solidified our operating platform, and developed an unprecedented trust among our member firms and their respective clients,” Liedtke says.

The ONE Global Design network approach allows corporations to work with an architecture firm that’s familiar with their brand, vision and company culture, in partnership with a firm that understands the nuances of the community where their project is located.

ONE Global Design members’ clients include Coca Cola, Samsung, Wells Fargo, Audi and Google, among others.

“There’s nothing out there like ONE Global Design,” says A.J. Wilder, president of Wolcott Architecture | Interiors. “Clients receive the personal attention that’s the hallmark of small firms, backed by the depth and breadth of an international organization spanning 17 cities and three countries.”

With more than 500 architecture and interiors professionals among its members, ONE Global Design would collectively rank as the 6th largest architecture and design firm in the country, according to Interior Design 2014 rankings. Yet it’s the local touch that sets the global network apart.

“We own our firms. Our names are on the door,” says Eric Ibsen, chief design officer with FME Architecture + Design, San Francisco. Jennifer Treter, president of Hendrick in Atlanta, added, “We are personally committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure a successful outcome.”

Liedtke adds that ONE Global Design continues to expand and they anticipate adding new member firms to further extend the depth and reach of the network in the United States and globally.

“’Global reach. Personal touch.’ It’s our tag line, and the ONE Global Design member firms live and breathe it every day,” he says.


ONE Global Design is a network of 17 corporate architecture and design firms in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Collectively, ONE Global Design would rank as the 6th largest firm in the country (according to Interior Design 2014 rankings), with more than 500 professionals. Each firm in the ONE Global Design network is principal-led and meets strict criteria to ensure personal accountability.


Atlanta                 Hendrick

Austin, TX            NoackLittle  

Boston                Visnick & Caulfield Associates

Calgary                KLR Design Group  

Charlotte, NC       AI Design Group Inc.

Chicago               Partners by Design

Columbus, OH     Design Collective

Dallas                  Staffelbach

Denver                Acquilano Leslie, Inc.

Los Angeles        Wolcott Architecture | Interiors

Mexico City         ZVA Group

New York City     Design Republic

Philadelphia         Meyer

San Francisco     FME Architecture +Design

Toronto               Figure3

Vancouver           SSDG Interiors

Washington, DC  FOX Architects

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