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Modern office lobby featuring an angular wooden reception desk with a person at work, live greenery, exposed ceiling ductwork, and sleek metal staircase, creating a balance of industrial and organic design elements.
Modern office lobby featuring an angular wooden reception desk with a person at work, live greenery, exposed ceiling ductwork, and sleek metal staircase, creating a balance of industrial and organic design elements.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

After a renovation, an urban college campus finds a sense of place.

Contemporary library interior featuring streamlined white reception desk, peach-colored modular seating, and blue privacy panels. Dark ceiling with recessed lighting contrasts with the gray carpeted floors. The space is organized with sleek bookshelves, offering a quiet, modern reading environment.

When we began work on The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Los Angeles campus, we drew inspiration from the school’s mantra: “There can be no health without mental health.” Situated in a 62-story tower in L.A.’s business district, the school’s urban setting felt somewhat anonymous compared to more traditional campuses. To counter this, we used the school’s colors in furnishings against a neutral palette. We also incorporated extensive biophilic elements like wood accents, potted plants, and floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the two-story campus in natural light, promoting mental and physical well-being. These features not only make the space inviting but also reinforce the school’s identity and commitment to the psychological health of its students, faculty, and staff.

Strategic use of the school’s colors to create a strong visual identity.

Integration of biophilic design to enhance the psychological and physical wellness of occupants.

Transformation of an anonymous, urban space into a calming and focused educational environment.

Open-plan office space featuring exposed ductwork and pendant lighting, with a vibrant blue area rug anchoring modular seating. Neutral walls showcase company branding, creating a contemporary, collaborative atmosphere.
Open-plan office space with a multi-level layout featuring natural wood finishes and glass partitions. Blue curved sofas complement the informal seating area, with a woman standing at the balcony overlooking the workspace. The Chicago School mission statement adorns the wall, enhancing the educational environment.
Chicago School of Psychology, Los Angeles, CA