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IA Interior Architects Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Our team consists of talented professionals who come from different places and have unique perspectives, but all share one common goal (and passion!) — design for the needs of the client.

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Company Updates

  • At IA, we hold dear our commitments to our people, our culture, and our relationships. The relationships that we build with each other, our clients, and above all, those we build within our communities. IA celebrated its 35th anniversary by embarking on a year-long philanthropic mission to give back to local communities. IA's '21 Rooms' project has allowed us to leverage our global reach toward improving local communities—one room at a time. In the spirit of the joyous and giving season, These stories are among the many that continue to inspire the work we do every day. Since we first opened our doors 35 years ago, our firm has been a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to impactful interiors that enhance the communities around us. As the year comes to a close, IA wishes you and your community a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year!

    21 Rooms | IA Interior Architects

    IA celebrated our 35th Anniversary by embarking on a year long philanthropic mission, 21 Rooms, to give back to our local communities.

  • IA Interior Architects is excited to announce and congratulate the winners of the 2019 Diversity in Design Scholarship. Established in coordination with the IIDA Foundation, the program is in its second year and was created as a five-year partnership to enrich and advance the interior design profession by recognizing outstanding students. “We are thrilled to have partnered with the IIDA Foundation for the second year in a row on a scholarship that promotes the power of diversity and the need to support design students across all walks of life,” said IA Co-CEOs and Presidents Tom Powers and David Bourke. “We received a number of outstanding entries from around the world, and we extend our sincerest congratulations to all of the winners. We can’t wait to see the impact these young professionals will have on the design profession.”

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IA Interior Architects – Why Work With Us?

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IA is a global firm of architects, designers, strategists, and specialists.

We focus exclusively on environments through the lens of interior architecture—a radical idea in 1984, when IA was founded. We lead in the strategy and design of built environments, transforming organization culture and enhancing people’s lives.

Through innovation, research, and building on smart, highly creative solutions that embody our clients’ brands, we advance the field. As an employee-owned firm, our diverse and multi-talented professionals are passionate, intense, and deeply client focused.

We’re inspired working alongside our clients to resolve complex issues and design highly energized environments where people thrive. Through our work we strive to share our passion with our clients.

Our shared values and traits inspire and ground us.

They underscore who we are and how we work. To celebrate team and location, we challenged each IA office to interpret and riff on one of our values or traits.


Client-Focused - We arrive at inspired and lasting solutions by translating needs into action. 

Our People - We commit to hiring, nurturing, and working with the best and treating everyone with respect. 

Sustainable - We create the latest thinking for wellness and environmental practices, as responsible stewards for people, resources, and communities. 

Multi-Faceted - We bring the best ideas and solutions to the table, crafted by different people from different places with different perspectives. 

Integrity - Our ethical business practices guide all our interactions. We stake our reputation on doing the right thing. 

Passionate - We love what we do and come to work every day with unparalleled vigor, drive, and dedication. 

Dedicated - We’re committed, reliable, and trusted – all hallmarks of how we do business. 

Invested - As an employee-owned firm, we’re hands-on. We do what it takes to get the right result. 

Agile - Nimble, quick, and efficient, we anticipate needs and seek opportunities. We resolve issues with a sense of urgency across all levels. 

Influential - As strategic thinkers, we define the conversation and set standards through our transformative work. As such, we shape the global design dialogue. 

Listeners - We actively engage in this process to truly understand marketplace and individual needs. 

Unpretentious - We’re confident, level-headed, and humble enough to know that our clients as partners are the stars. As such, we take our work seriously, not ourselves. We want what’s best for clients.

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The mantra we’ve followed for years still gets to the heart of our work.

Design is our foundation. From this foundation we’re building a global practice of like-minded professionals who are passionate about design—well executed, timeless, powerful design that improves peoples’ lives.

Place gives form and life to the functions it serves; it influences perception, interaction, work, and user experience. For IA, design is the unifying discipline that connects innovation with creativity and unites diverse disciplines, technologies, and components to shape effective and forward-thinking work environments.


The workplace today is a valued asset that with the right strategic foundation can bolster staff productivity and collaboration, encourage and support a variety of work modes, enhance wellness, and much more.

For IA, the first step is to gain an in-depth understanding of the organization’s culture, its business drivers, what it does, and how its people work together. It is a deliberate approach that maps out the direction of a given initiative.


Establish an approach to develop a work environment that champions the organization’s vision, culture, work, and human needs, now and for the future.


Does the work environment align with best practices and industry metrics? How does it fall short? Remedy.


Define the organization’s state of mobility. Identify tools and resources to better support the workforce and mobility.


How does the organization occupy its real estate? Develop options for more effective use.


Create a capital improvement plan that supports regular updates to maintain a high-quality work environment over a defined period of time.


To effectively support the workforce, set overarching goals and a strategy to achieve them for an existing or new facility or facilities.


Champion the workforce transition to a new work environment and/or way of working.


Develop customized resources to improve the work environment experience and facilitate ongoing strategy management.


Metrics make it clear that the interaction between people and place affects physical and psychological wellbeing, and that an emphasis on wellness leads to greater productivity and reduced downtime. Everyone should love where they work and be engaged by the environment and its amenities for recharging and work-life balance.

IA’s human-centered design takes a holistic approach to uniting user needs, the work environment experience, and the built environment for a better quality of life. We invite full team collaboration—client, designers, engineers, partners, and landlord. The quality of air, water, and light and the need for comfort, fitness, nourishment, occasional privacy, access to nature, and aesthetics that reflect culture—features that contribute to wellbeing—are all factors in a design customized to client goals and culture.

WELL certification focuses on the workforce and the work environment; LEED certification focuses on building systems and materials sustainability. Both certifications are measured against set standards, and IA professionals are champions of both.


Experiential Graphic Design (EGD) makes graphic design an integral component of the built environment to visually express and communicate the message and brand, implement signage and wayfinding, deliver information, and create a sense of place through three-dimensional space.

To seamlessly unite the design of space and interpretative graphics, IA practitioners draw on sophisticated architectural and graphic skills, a deep understanding of how a space will be used and who will use it, and strong, clear, messaging.


IA is an early adopter of the most advanced and powerful technologies available for developing our designs and for communicating our design intent to clients.

We were quick to adopt Revit and BIM and are now leveraging the next wave of software and hardware: robust virtual-reality technology capable of generating an immersive, three-dimensional depiction of space. Supplementing standard architectural renderings, plans, and materials boards, VR interface—combined with 3-D scanning of site conditions at the project’s inception—helps us create more accurate, photorealistic, and experiential representations of the space to be built, capable of conveying subtleties of finish quality and atmosphere. The technology even allows us to share proposed designs with clients and stakeholders much earlier in the development process, enabling more time for fine-tuning while also sparking more constructive discussions and quicker decision-making—all of which lead to a more resolved and informed spatial solution. These pioneering methodologies also help streamline workflow at every step, saving time and money as well as heightening ideation and communication within our design teams.

We’re an employee-owned firm, committed to one another, a love of interiors, and success—both individually and as a team.


All of us who make-up IA are IA’s most important asset. If you are collaborative, creative, entrepreneurial, skilled, daring, and love interiors…JOIN US!

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IA Interior Architects Photos

IA Interior Architects photo of: Interior Architects showing at Univ. of Oklahoma Mentor day Justin Drabek represented Interior Architect's at the University of Oklahoma's first ever Mentor day.
IA Interior Architects photo of: IA Reach SF- St. Anthony's Foundation Farmer's Market A small group from the SF Office volunteered their time on a Monday afternoon to help with St. Anthony's Foundation Farmers Market program.
IA Interior Architects photo of: IA Seattle getting in the holiday spirit. The Seattle office had our annual wreath making event thanks to our wonderful Cambria and MDC reps!
IA Interior Architects photo of: IA at Interior Design magazine's Hall of Fame
IA Interior Architects photo of: HTX Holiday Party! Cocktails followed by Dinner followed by...well a little bit of friendly competition! The constructing of gingerbread houses got real interesting!
IA Interior Architects photo of: IA Austin collected books for the United Way Volunteer Day Drive to wrap and gift to children ages 0-5.
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IA Interior Architects Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at IA Interior Architects (Dallesport, WA) in January 2016.


    Everyone was very nice and welcoming. We talked over email and then met in person to go over the full job description and interview. I went to their office and sat down in a conference room. We talked and then they gave me a tour, everyone said hello during the tour.

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    • Will you be planning on becoming a Registered Interior Designer?   Answer Question
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IA Interior Architects Awards & Accolades

  • Award of Merit, Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), 2017
  • Best Places to Work, Boston Business Journal, 2017
  • Finalist, Best of the Year Awards - LinkedIn San Francisco Tower, Interior Design Magazine, 2017
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