Category : Interior Design

RDG Des Moines Office

My Summer at RDG

RDG Planning & Design’s interns reflect on their 2021 experience.

Each summer RDG Planning & Design welcomes a group of summer interns to the firm, offering students a real-life lens into the world of design and planning. During this time, RDG interns work alongside professionals in various disciplines and across multiple markets, learning directly from seasoned practitioners and getting hands-on project experience

As RDG’s 2021 class of interns make their way back to their respective universities, they’re taking a moment to reflect on their time with the firm, and how they hope to take what they’ve learned into the future.…

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Designing at the Intersection of Workplace and Urban Environments

An exploration of how to create programmable outdoor workspaces that offer choice and improve physical, emotional and cognitive well-being.

The beginning of 2020 came with significant uncertainty. As we moved forward in the year, the coronavirus began to seep into every facet of our lives, impacting a myriad of everyday experiences – including how and where many people went about their day-to-day work.…

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From the Ground Up: Integrating Story and Site in Higher Education

Exploring RDG’s innovative collaboration with Des Moines University to design a cutting-edge new health science education campus.

The year: 12,000 B.C.

The place: what we know today as Des Moines, Iowa.

Vastly unlike its modern iteration, the ground of this time is blanketed by the Wisconsin Glacier, a large glacial mass that scrapes and flattens the landscape of the upper Midwest like an enormous bulldozer.…

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WELL Design Series: Reckoning with Pandemics and Tsunamis

How the WELL Building Standard can address the need for safe and healthy multifamily communities for the next generation of seniors.

The Silver Tsunami. It sounds like a phrase we might use to announce a looming climactic weather event. In fact, the Silver Tsunami is a metaphor used to describe the anticipated increase in the senior population as Baby Boomers continue to age.…

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Resilient Design Solutions: Administrative Environments in Higher Education

A discussion about the perceived long-term impacts of COVID-19, and ways colleges and universities can adapt spaces to minimize exposure risks, keep teams healthy and strengthen organizational culture.

Many colleges and universities have begun to welcome back students, and along with those students, a multitude of administrative faculty and staff.…

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Small Investment, Big Impact

How small-scale renovations can enhance the look and feel of senior living communities and positively impact residents’ emotional and mental well-being.

When we think about impactful renovations, we tend to think about large-scale construction projects – work that involves the undertaking of complex, costly changes.…

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COVID-19 Design Series: Imagining the Workplace of a Post-COVID Future

The second in our two-part series looking at COVID-19’s long-term impacts on workplace design and what lessons we can continue to learn from the health care market.

The face masks are on, workers are returning to the office and employees and employers are wondering “what’s next?”…

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Research and Review: Using UV Light to Disinfect

In the era of COVID-19, an increasing number of markets are exploring the use of UV light disinfection. Here, we explore the benefits and risks of this developing technology.

The discussion about and application of ultraviolet light disinfection technology is not new or revolutionary.…

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COVID-19 Design Series: A Workplace Designer and A Health Care Designer Walk into an Office

The first in a two-part series exploring how offices may now be designed with health care facilities in mind.

Many non-essential businesses are beginning to reopen their doors, and along with this reopening are a multitude of employees, who now emerge from home offices to return to the corporate workplace.…

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Design for Their Eyes: Five Considerations for Keeping Residents with Dementia Safe and Engaged

Senior living designers discuss the critical role design plays in keeping senior living residents with dementia safe and engaged.

A senior living environment that is thoughtfully planned and well-designed enables residents with dementia to move around confidently and safely with a greater sense of independence.…

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