Committed to projects that exemplify ArtWORKS PHX principles.
Gould Evans + Canary in Phoenix creates multidisciplinary collaboration with a full complement of services in the fields of architecture, urban planning and design, interior design, landscape architecture, branding and graphic design. The firm is committed to projects that inspire and enrich our community, valuing diversity of perspective, collaborative design and creative expression at every level. Employees see endless possibilities to connect people with local context and embrace the complexities of our growing city.
Integrating arts / creativity into the workplace
When Gould Evans + Canary first moved to the downtown Phoenix Warehouse District in 2015, revitalizing the historic paper distribution warehouse into an office environment was an act of love to preserve the history and character of the building.
Renovation sought to maintain the historic integrity and gritty vibe while allowing for a collaborative working environment with breakout areas. Pin-up boards throughout the office allow continuous posting of provocative ideas, challenging questions and images of projects in process, inspiring our architects and designers in an ongoing dialogue. The Gould Evans + Canary team designed a gallery space to highlight local artwork and engage the community, complete with focused directional lighting and a flexible hanging system. To kick-off the use of the gallery space, Gould Evans + Canary partnered with The Sagrado Galleria to extend their exhibition for Art Detour 29. Curated by Sam Gomez, the exhibition featured work from three local photographers: Zee Peralta, Niba Delcastillo, and Caleb Alvarado.
Differentiating the brand through arts and culture
The push for additional creative and community engagement was prompted by an emerging theme during a studio work session. In listening to associates, the team wanted to do more meaningful work within the community.
The move from mid-town to downtown has contributed to the transformation of the office culture – with dedicated spaces for methods of visual expression, Gould Evans + Canary has noticed increased commitment to social and economic causes, elevated design solutions and evolving conversations regarding the future of Phoenix downtown urban core. The Gould Evans + Canary environment enriches understanding of its neighborhood and impacts the firm’s commitment to placemaking, creating sustainable communities and extending relationships among people and places.
Encouraging innovation, critical thinking and creativity among employees
Gould Evans + Canary has a team of self-starters – people who aren’t afraid to speak up, step up, ask the big questions and know that they’ll be supported. The diversity of the firm’s team encourages innovative, critical thinking. Gould Evans + Canary creates design solutions that transform surroundings, engage users, sustain the environment and support our clients’ missions, while inspiring its designers, clients and visitors.
“Our move to the Warehouse District has reinvigorated our community involvement – we feel called to action in support of positive and sensitive extension in making our place unique. As development continues, we want to ensure that we continue to integrate design that is reflective of the community to retain a meaningful place and authentic culture within our studio.”
– Trudi Hummel and Krista Shepherd, Principals