Case Study: The Benefits of Collaboration at the ADC Office

Are you an architect looking for a fun, dynamic environment that empowers you to be as creative and innovative as you’ve always dreamed of being? If so, the Architecture Design Collaborative (ADC) will feel like an answered prayer. We’ve been in your shoes and know that if you want to do inspired work, you need to work in an inspiring space, which is what you’ll find in the highly collaborative ADC office!

Since 2014, we have been a nationally ranked architecture firm providing Southern California with innovative designs, thanks in large part to our collaborative culture. Learn more about how you’ll benefit from the collaborative environment we have created!

The Benefits of Collaboration at the ADC Office

At the ADC office, you can expect to collaborate closely with your colleagues from the start of a project. The client will typically ask for something specific, and you will execute that, but you will also have the freedom to execute something completely different.

Working with your team, you will craft a separate vision to present, and 90% of the time, the client chooses the option you and your team create together, not what they originally asked for. This reflects the power of collaboration and how clients value it.

“To create a successful environment, you have to look at your weaknesses and find the people that are better than you. You want people who mask your weaknesses and complement your strengths. Sometimes, something you think is a weakness can become a strength once you pair it with someone’s complementary abilities. It takes a whole team to get things done and bring out the best in each other, and we believe we are greater than the sum of our parts.”

– Craig Chinn, President, ADC

At ADC, you will work on inspiring and complicated projects that require bringing different elements together, gathering knowledge and information from different design professionals, and combining everything into one structure.

“It’s a really collaborative atmosphere here, and we do a lot of team building so that you feel closer to your colleagues and comfortable working with them. This is part of what makes us one of the best architecture firms in California. When you collaborate at ADC, you work with like-minded, passionate individuals who want to do exceptional and innovative design work.”

– Corey Demanty, Principal, ADC

Open Minds, Open Layout

We also designed the ADC office with an open layout. Everyone, from managers to designers, works side-by-side. Because of this, you will have plenty of opportunities to listen to or engage in conversations you can learn from.

Everyone is open to collaboration in the ADC office. Even if a team member isn’t working on a project, you can still go to them for help or advice. We believe that teamwork is the foundation of innovative solutions to problems during a project.

For example, if you are working on a residential design, you can easily bring residential architects over and ask for their thoughts. Everyone here is a resource. This is what makes the environment fun and inspiring. There’s constant dialogue to work through ideas.

Maybe it’s the color palette, a design element, articulation in the building you want feedback on, or even something technical. Getting different opinions and perspectives is invaluable and helps find fresh angles to approaches to projects.

As soon as you walk through the door, no matter your skill level, you’ll contribute throughout the whole process, and your voice matters.

“It’s not a stuffy workplace here. It’s easy to grab somebody or even the whole team to brainstorm and discuss projects. You don’t have to get up, walk over to your manager’s office that’s 20 or 30 feet away, knock on the door, and wait. Everyone’s really accessible and approachable. If they’re available, you can go right up to them and ask a question. It’s great for our collaborative process.”

– Chris Weimholt, Senior Principal, ADC

We also understand that you do your best work when you’re having fun, too. Part of cultivating a collaborative environment is creating a fun dynamic where there’s always some humor and joy, and the work speaks for itself.

Constant Support Through a Collaborative Culture

Another benefit of our collaborative company culture is that we know that you are at your best when you feel refreshed and have a good work-life balance. Since the entire team starts and finishes projects together, you will have constant support from all your colleagues.

If you need to go on vacation, attend a milestone event in your personal life, or work on something else, you can lean on your team to ensure a project progresses. The trust you build with your team will be invaluable when working on a project.

“There are a lot of lunches and training sessions at the ADC office. It’s a really open and welcoming environment. You’ll never feel weird or hesitant to share your thoughts or ask questions, not even when you’re asking people questions who aren’t on your team. It’s really positive and helps you grow and advance your architecture career.

– Karan Mehta, ADC

This collaborative nature also influences the clients you will work with. You can expect to foster a partnership with clients and be a resource if they have questions. Throughout the entire process, you will work with them to ensure they get what they need. 

Do You Want to Work In an Inspiring Environment Where You Can Do Innovative Work? Join the ADC Office Today!

You deserve to work at an architecture firm where you can hone your craft and feel inspired to do your best work. At the ADC office, that’s precisely what you will experience as a part of our collaborative culture!

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