Our Los Angeles studio comprises dedicated architects, engineers, interior designers, planners and support staff who love to create both at work and in their off-hours. In addition to collaborative planning solutions and fast-track design-competitions, the L.A. “Smithereens” find time for volunteer opportunities, community events and other social activities such as golf tournaments, food drives, project tours and even an annual pie contest. With such a creative spirit, it's no surprise that the studio was recently honored as a Best Place to Work by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
How do we describe our culture? We asked around the office; the top responses included “collaborative,” “open” and “entrepreneurial,” followed closely by “feels like family.” These values, encouraged by all levels of leadership across the firm, foster our culture: not a single “right” way of doing things, but rather a common set of beliefs that is indeed collaborative—and really does feel like family.