On the night of April 24, at a black-tie event in Washington, D.C., the principals of STUDIOS Architecture came up to the stage—and they just kept coming. The firm had flown in all 18 of its principals, from as far afield as Paris and Mumbai, to jointly accept Architectural Record’s Good Design Is Good Business Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) Accent on Architecture Gala. Todd DeGarmo, the firm’s CEO, said his thanks at the podium with his colleagues fanned out behind him, all dressed in evening wear together for the first time.
Now in its third year, the award honors both architects and patrons who “consistently build the best corporate architecture,” as Record’s Editor in Chief Cathleen McGuigan said in her remarks. STUDIOS received the 2014 architecture award for a body of work that includes some of the most admired office spaces—like the New York headquarters of Bloomberg LP—and that stretches back to the early days of Apple (the firm’s first client was Steve Jobs).