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FRCH Design Overview
Cincinnati, OH
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
FRCH Design Worldwide is an international design and architecture firm. We collaborate with our clients to see things from a new and unique perspective. We innovate and inspire to create amazing environments where people shop, eat, work, relax and play.

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  • In partnership with Hilton Worldwide, FRCH helps announce the launch of Hilton's new mid-scale brand, Tru By Hilton

    Tru Confessions | Boutique Design |

    (March 2016) posted on Mon Apr 04, 2016 FRCH shares insider intel on the design process behind the hospitality industry's newest midscale brand, Tru by Hilton. click an image below to view slideshow Every hotel brand launch claims to be revolutionary.

  • FRCH discusses creating a female-friendly work environment with WCPO

    Design firm FRCH touts competitive edge in female-friendly work force

    CINCINNATI - Fact: FRCH Design Worldwide has a more female-centric work force than most big design firms. Fact: FRCH has enjoyed rapid growth since 2010. Coincidence? They think not. "Women's brains are wired to multi-task and collaborate," said Donna Szarwark, a senior vice president in charge of human resources for FRCH.

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FRCH Design – Why Work For Us?

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At FRCH we are extremely proud of being continually recognized as one of the nation's top workplaces. In addition to an extremely competitive salary and an ever-growing, comprehensive benefits package, you can trust FRCH is the place where you'll finally have "a voice". You will be challenged to See Something New and join us in living our values of Creativity, Curiosity, Collaboration, Commitment, and Caring every day. 

If you're here, you're talented. No doubt about that. You've seen our client list and know you'll be partnering with some of the most iconic brands in the world. All we ask is that you bring your creative passion and come hungry for success.

Collaboration: Lasting Strategic Partnerships

If there’s one thing we pride ourselves on at FRCH, it’s our commitment to collaboration. It’s the cornerstone of our company and the driving force behind our revolutionary designs. Collaboration is what transforms good into great, and makes the ordinary extraordinary. Every project is “co-authored” by our clients, fellow consultants, and our employees – each working harmoniously together to create unique, visionary solutions.

Celebration: Work Hard. Play Hard. 

Our passion for our work is also echoed in how we celebrate; always unexpected, always dramatic… We’ve transformed our back parking lot into a farmyard, stocked with live animals in celebration of our trip to Keeneland Race Course, had employees take turns in the DJ booth during one of our monthly “Wingdings”. And let us not forget our annual Corndog Diorama competition, complete with sound and motion. These are just a few of the ways we love to mix business with our many pleasures.

Inspiration: Where Great Ideas Are Born

Through relentless collaboration comes perhaps our most coveted tool of design: inspiration. It’s what stimulates our creative soul and enables us to push beyond the expected to innovation. Our insatiable thirst for inspiration is what drove a group of our employees to create our FRCH blog, Creative Fuel, where our colleagues share experiences, insights and interests from all facets of their daily lives; proving once again that great ideas can come from anywhere and anyone.

Character: We're People-People

Simply put, a company is only as good as its people. Which is why it’s safe to say we’re a pretty remarkable company. Hiring the industry’s best designers, architects and strategic minds is certainly no accident. It is our #1 priority. Personable, approachable, honorable, professional, these are the personality traits we look for in our employees and what our clients have come to expect from our company.

Community: Catalysts For Change

Giving back and paying it forward have always played an important role in everything we do. For decades, we’ve reached out to those in need: United Way, American Cancer Society, Freestore Foodbank, ArtsWave, Architects For Humanity and Canstruction. We’ve dedicated our efforts to making the world a happier, healthier place by minimizing our environmental impact. If the world can inspire us, why not return the favor and inspire the world.

Wellness: Empowering The Whole You

FRCH is where the mind, body and spirit come to play. It’s why we offer a Work/Life Balance program that helps our employees better manage their lives at work and at home. As part of this we created FRCH Fit, which offers a variety of wellness initiatives that include a cycling group, free gym membership, and classes on nutrition and fitness. All because we recognize that health and happiness are crucial to our success, both as a company and as individuals.

Ideas That Make Spaces And Open Minds

Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing and constructing. It is form and function. It can inspire, prompt emotion, and in all cases shapes a gathering place - for the arts, the community, cultural or commercial endeavors. The product of successful architecture is a strong connection to its context and to the people and purpose it serves.

From initial master planning concepts through to final implementation, our team of award-winning architects provide fresh solutions. They are innovators. Experienced. Their solutions are well thought out and carefully articulated. Their perspective is inspired through global experience. They recognize that the space outside the building is often as important as the structure itself. And in many cases find that the most successful solutions are inspired from the inside out.

Sustainable Design

FRCH is a proud member of the United States Green Building Council. In partnership with our clients, we create healthier, more productive and more efficient places to shop, live and work. Our team of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) are sustainable building specialists. They guide sustainable design within a project up to and including the LEED certification process.

Creating Memorable Impact

Great Interior Design should evoke powerful emotions and is a powerful tool in creating a brand expression in the built environment. At FRCH we use environmental design to deliver uniquely branded experiences that envelop and immerse consumers and end-users in your brand. We don't merely want to "convey" your brand personality; FRCH's award-winning, interior design teams want to celebrate it.

For us, visual storytelling is paramount - through the use of unique form, materiality, light, color and structures, we work to express your brand character in a way that elevates the senses and resonates across generations. Our integrated approach encompasses every aspect of the interior environment, beginning with your brand, merchandising and space planning. Our team of interior and resource designers specialize in shaping the consumer experience, acting as the gatekeepers of your design aesthetics (i.e. textures, colors, patterns, etc.) as well as the maintenance, costs, sustainability, technical and commercial specifications of the project.

The Art Of Communication

No other service we offer is as closely connected to a company's identity than Graphic Design. A proprietary style and consistent use of typography, color, pattern and imagery influences brand recognition, preference, loyalty and ultimately… consumer purchasing.

In-Store communication systems, signage programs and brand communications are just a few of the services that we offer to define, communicate and differentiate our clients in the marketplace and in the minds of consumers. We understand how to marry graphic systems with the vernacular of the built environment, for a seamless brand statement and effective communication tool that connects both physically and emotionally with your customers. At FRCH we have created award-winning Graphic Design solutions for more brands in more US and International markets than any other retail design firm in the country.  

Founded In Knowledge, Guided By Purpose

Whatever the challenge, our goal is simple - propel brands forward through actionable strategies founded in insights, resulting in meaningful guest experiences.

Our clients trust us to uncover unmet customer needs, explore the possibilities for innovation, create and reframe brands, develop connections between digital and physical experiences and push them to think differently and grow. Our one-team approach empowers our strategists to bring insights to the table, working side-by-side with our creatives to ensure that your brand connects with consumers at every touch point.

To learn more about our proprietary brand study please visit Brand Actualization.

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    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at FRCH Design (Cincinnati, OH).


    Met with 3 VPs in a small meeting room who fanned through my design portfolio, gave a few bits of constructive criticism, then quickly moved on to questions. They were relatively easy to talk to. I'm a natural people-pleaser, so keeping them happy was an easy task.

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    They gave an offer that was reasonable, so I didn't think it was necessary to negotiate.

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FRCH Design Awards & Accolades

  • Top Retail Design Firm, VMSD Magazine, 2016
  • Top 300 Architecture/Engineering Firms, Engineering News-Record (ENR), 2016
  • Top 100 Design Giants, Interior Design Magazine, 2016
  • Design Firm of the Year, Design:Retail, 2015
  • Top 100 Giants, Building Design + Construction Magazine, 2015
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