IA Interior Architects Expands Global Retail Practice

by Katie Lee

Seattle — IA Interior Architects is growing its retail practice group with the addition of a new team that will be based in Seattle. This group will be led by three retail experts: Mike Riggs, managing director/retail; Ron Singler, design director/retail; and Alex Shapleigh, design director/retail. The new team will work in conjunction with the company’s New York Retail practice group.

Riggs has more than 25 years of experience in environment design and retail strategy. He is committed to creating compelling experiences by considering all aspects of a client’s brand, business and customer insights. His client-focused nature makes him a natural fit for IA, and he has completed numerous projects for high-caliber clients in the retail market sector.

Singler has more than 30 years of experience ranging from experiential graphics to projects focused on entertainment retail, designing themed environments for malls and large department stores. He most recently was part of a large project with a major retail client developing individual concept and department stores, eventually taking responsibility for interior and exterior design. Singler has directed, designed and delivered micro to macro retail environments internationally.

Shapleigh brings 25 years of experience assisting notable clients with translating their brands into engaging, consumer-centric and award-winning retail experiences. His diverse background in architecture, interiors, industrial design and branding provides a cohesive approach to all aspects of a three-dimensional environment affecting the spatial experience.

“We are delighted that Mike, Ron and Alex decided to join IA. They bring a passion for retail and interiors and a stellar track record in retail design and service,” according to a statement from David Bourke and Tom Powers, co-CEO/presidents of IA. “As the lines become blurred between retail, workplace and other markets, we (IA) will be able to offer even more unique integrated solutions to our clients, which is very exciting.”

Founded in 1984, IA Interior Architects is the first and largest global architectural firm focused exclusively on interior architecture and strategies. IA’s global network includes offices in Austin, Texas; Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; London; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Orange County, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh, N.C.; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Toronto; and Washington, D.C., as well as partner affiliates in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia and Australia, Canada and Latin America through the IA Global Alliance. For more information, visit www.interiorarchitects.com.

SOURCE: IA Interior Architects

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