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Eaton House in Dublin, Ireland
Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Enjoying the green roof at 2+U in Seattle Washington.

Urban Placemaking

Pickard Chilton’s approach to the design of any project is driven by Eliel Saarinen’s conviction to, “Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context—a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”

We craft each element with the innate understanding that the interrelationships between the massing, materials, and interior and exterior spaces are ultimately experienced by people, and, as such, every facet should foster long-term well-being and enjoyment. Creating a more-than-the-sum-of-its-parts architecture, these environments support excellence in placemaking for communities, creating new communal opportunities, and raising expectations for quality in the built environment.

Pickard Chilton strives to create built environments that fully satisfy our client’s ambitions while exceeding the expectations of those who will live, visit, and work in and around our projects. We believe that buildings are not static and that they exist in dynamic environments inhabited by people. One of the lessons of building such projects is that the innovative ideas that emerge from the community can often give a building a flexible or defining feature that makes it both respond to and influence downtown development – resulting in a project that truly belongs to its community and city.

Each project tries to create within the greater urban context community-oriented public spaces that are human-scaled and teem with new vitality. Our deep experience and success in realizing these types of public spaces are exemplified in recently completed urban projects that include Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City; Eighth Avenue Place in Calgary; 609 Main in Houston; River Point and 300 North LaSalle in Chicago; 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta; CalPERS Headquarters Complex in Sacramento; and Global Gateway Shinagawa, currently under construction in Tokyo, Japan. 

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Plaza area of the RO in Houston, Texas

Nearly seven years after first announcing plans to build a massive mixed-use development in the Greenway-Upper Kirby area, Transwestern Development Co. is finally preparing to break ground.

Next month, Transwestern will begin construction work on The RO, a 17-acre development at 3120 Buffalo Speedway, near the corner of West Alabama Street and Buffalo Speedway.

That intersection is one of the most prominent and well-trafficked in the area. When it is completed in 2027, The RO, pronounced “row,” will include Houston’s first luxury Auberge Resorts Collection hotel with attached condo units, a sprawling retail village with up to eight restaurants, more than 700 multifamily units and creative office space.

To design the site, Transwestern assembled a "who's who" of prominent firms, with Connecticut-based architecture firm Pickard Chilton overseeing the master plan. For the multifamily and office design, Transwestern again hired Pickard Chilton as design architect.

“From the very beginning, the vision for the site was to create a mixed-use environment that doesn’t feel like it was all built at one time, with a sense of variety in the architecture and a shared palette of building textures inspired by River Oaks legacies,” said Anthony Markese, a principal at Pickard Chilton.

Read more at Houston Business Journal 

When designing each building, our team remains involved throughout the design process, committed to finding solutions that not only meet the needs of our clients but also contribute positively to the environment and the larger community. Our aim is to craft a seamless experience, from the skyline to the smallest details, such as a doorknob. The incorporation of texture is no exception to this holistic approach; whether manifested in the facade design, the silhouette of the building, or the carefully selected materials, texture takes a multifaceted role in our designs. This exploration underscores its dual significance—functionality and the creation of a sense of belonging within the community

The most valuable core office projects to break ground over the past year.

For example, Mutual of Omaha contracted Kansas City, Missouri-based construction firm JE Dunn to build approximately 800,000 square feet of office, meeting, collaboration and amenity space, as well as a parking garage for its new 44-story headquarters tower in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, earlier this year. The contractor expects to finish the $495 million project in 2026.

Meanwhile, Providence, Rhode Island-based Gilbane and Milwaukee-based CG Schmidt will perform $500 million in interior and exterior renovations to the 540,000-square-foot Northwestern Mutual office tower in Milwaukee. The project will enhance the insurance company’s employee amenities and event spaces, as well as increase the usable square footage of the campus. It will also connect to a pedestrian plaza.

Read more at Construction Dive 

Located on the 40th to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Midtown Yaesu ultra-skyscraper, the Bulgari Hotel Tokyo offers magnificent ci

Located on the 40th to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Midtown Yaesu ultra-skyscraper, the Bulgari Hotel Tokyo offers magnificent city views. Reflecting the essence of Italian sophistication, the interior design expresses deep attention to detail. 98 exquisitely furnished rooms and suites offer a modern Italian style with touches of Japanese tradition.

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When designed properly, building lobbies can make a positive statement to the tenants. Here, occupants discover the ambiance, materials, and textures to expect throughout their experience within the building.

Pickard Chilton designed a feature stone wall to set the tone for the recently completed Avocet Tower and AC Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. The harmonious integration of natural wood and stone adds to the elegance and hospitality lobby.

Street view of the PG&E historic complex

Encompassing a full city block in downtown San Francisco between Market and Mission Street, the PG&E site comprises development components that include the 200 Mission office tower redevelopment, historic complex renovation and new 1.25-acre park to complete Hines’ vision. Upon completion, the reimagined projects will breathe new life into the entire transit-oriented block.

2+U is a Class-A office tower, envisioned as a first-of-its-kind urban Village, located in one of the most strategic locations in downtown Seattle.

Plaza area of the RO in Houston, Texas

The RO has been master-planned as a best-in-class, urban, multi-use destination on a 740,000 gsf site near the affluent Greenway Plaza and River Oaks District


We are passionate about our clients, our work, and the positive impact of every building we design. If you have a difficult design challenge, contact us to create a solution that realizes your vision.