The power of collective ambition and commitment to the art of design defines our purpose. Everywhere you look today – from buildings and landscapes to commercial products and public services, from web sites to print products – design has taken on a new meaning. Design is not about decoration; it is a critical component of how we communicate, collaborate, work, rest and play.
The values below are the foundation of our practice:
Design matters. We believe in creating the built environment that transforms the human condition. It can sooth the soul, inspire to work harder, become more efficient, create positive change and provide valuable insights
Collectively. We like to have fun and encourage communication. We play to each other’s strengths and exchange ideas. We educate, mentor and grow as a company
Constant exploration. This is how we find challenges and refine solutions
Invent and innovate. We reach beyond what is expected
Working together. We push the boundaries of design, leading by example and building trust to advance the social purpose of our company
As a result of our collective ambition, we discover new ways to incorporate design using a progressive approach. We transform spaces into dynamic and efficient environments. We deliver designs that encompass the latest technologies. We provide leadership and exceptional return on investment.
To define our practice, we looked at the most successful and respected companies in the world and tried to understand what made them great. We wanted to create a list of words that symbolized BOX Studios. We found that the word collaboration reached across industries and cultures to pin down one indispensable component of lasting success. Organizations built on collaboration encourage a free exchange of ideas and constructive criticism, teamwork and camaraderie, contributing generously to common goals and sharing rewards.Over the years, BOX has continued to evolve, and while exploring our inspirations, we added other words to the list. These words define concepts that help us grow and move us closer to who we want to be. This is how we define our core values and determine what we want BOX Studios to represent. None of these words are ground-breaking, but when we embody them all simultaneously, we are capable of doing great things. The list is always changing and expanding, but here are some of the core concepts ...
When we talk about generosity we talk about genuine generosity of spirit, the idea that we want to derive true pleasure from doing nice things for others – not for financial gain, or some sort of karma bump, but just because the act itself makes our days better. We give of ourselves, our time, our resources, our talents, and our expertise. We strive to be genuinely generous to our families, our neighbors and our community, to our clients, colleagues and collaborators, to the charities and organizations we support, and to the world around us.
We define excellence as being the culmination of thousands of details executed precisely. We find inspiration in trying to get as close to perfection as possible. We believe that excellence comes from accountability and responsibility, and that in order to excel and grow, it is our job to hold one another to the highest standards possible.
Nothing is more motivating than passion. True passion is what compels people to strive for excellence and constantly improve and learn. We make sure that people on our team are passionate about what we do. Each one of us truly loves the creativity, the intellectual and technical stimulation, the different levels of social interaction, the improvement in our clients’ lives that we help achieve, the good we do for the environment, and so many other rewards that our chosen profession brings. And happily to share what makes us tick.
We continually strive to make BOX Studios a graduate school of continued education, building a culture of perpetual learning and improvement. If all of us learn from one another and teach one another, we will be able to grow exponentially. We offer paid internships to promising students and mentor talented new designers, while we in turn enjoy the fresh approaches they bring to us. We always help each other to hone our craft.
In our creative and complex environment, collaboration allows us to make a project’s outcome better than each individual contribution. We enjoy and encourage a free exchange of ideas, and our ability to apply varied individual perspectives and strength to a challenge improves and refines the ultimate outcome. It elevates each of us and propels our growth as a company and as individuals.
At BOX, collaboration goes beyond or own company. We believe it is the synergy between all the parties involved in each project that makes a project a success. We recognize and appreciate each one’s contribution and strive to align BOX Studios with others who offer the highest level of expertise, professionalism and integrity. In our business, strong collaborative relationships between real estate professionals, project managers, design professionals, engineers, building contractors, furniture dealers, manufacturing representatives and lighting vendors, allow all of them to team together and deliver the best value to the CLIENT. What we do is like running a marathon, with our entire team running together. Some days this can slow us down, but if everyone truly believes in the spirit of the endeavor, this team mentality helps us design and expedite our projects much more efficiently.
One of the most obviously inspiring aspects of our profession is its creativity. We find it very rewarding to use our job as a creative outlet. We agree that innovation works best when it is firmly rooted in knowledge and experience. It is when we keep pushing the proverbial envelope further and further each day that we grow the most, both personally and professionally. BOX Studios is a company with a positive attitude. We constantly challenge ourselves and each other to keep moving forward, improving, endlessly reinventing ourselves and keeping our design approach fresh and exciting.
We are responsible for our clients’ satisfaction and for achieving each project’s functional, aesthetic and financial goals. We are responsible for conducting ourselves with professionalism, integrity and honesty and acting in our clients’ best interest. We are responsible for our stewardship of the environment, and employ LEED Accredited Professionals at both Denver and Chicago offices.
Jim Graczyk, Ferdinand Dimailig and Dan Kraiss met 20 years ago. At the time, all three were employed by a Chicago-based national interior design firm, with offices and projects spanning from New York to California and just about every place in between. As a partner charged with opening a Denver office for the firm, Jim Graczyk spent several years managing a myriad of projects for US West, AT&T, Media One and Avaya in the Denver region, and fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. So when in the year 2000 the firm decided to consolidate its branches and bring him back to Chicago, Jim saw this as an opportunity to stay in Denver and act on his vision of creating his own company. The new agile company, named BOX Studios, would deliver every bit of the expertise and professionalism that bigger firms offered, while building strong relationships of trust and understanding with each client.
At the same time, in Chicago, Ferdinand Dimailig and Dan Kraiss were having similar thoughts. The result was that in 2001, they formed a design collaborative. Their successful practice also developed a diverse portfolio of project types and soon the three principals’ philosophy of collaboration and outward vision led to a business alliance. In 2007, the synergy of design and business approaches created BOX Studios Denver/Chicago.
Today, BOX Studios’ portfolio includes award winning and critically acclaimed projects in Corporate, Base-Building, Renovation, Educational, Multi-Family Housing, Healthcare, Government, Mixed Use, Retail, Light Industrial, Technology and Hospitality/Restaurant sectors.
Our leadership team provides everyday business strategy for BOX Studios to sustain, grow and be profitable in the marketplace. We focus on the functional design that brings to life a client’s culture. We personify the creativity that makes the firm successful and that becomes a competitive advantage. On the other hand, we are focused on attention to implementation, completion and, importantly, a return on investment for our client. This is what makes BOX Studios an industry leader. Our creative business requires not only ingenuity but also focus and discipline of firm leadership to innovate new solutions.
James Graczyk (1959-2016)
As the founding Principal of BOX Studios, Jim Graczyk had set the firm’s collective design direction, business vision and guided the firm’s talented staff to achieving the design quality and innovation for which BOX Studios is known. His relentless drive . . .
Ferdinand Dimailig brings more than 25 years of architecture and interior design experience. His varied architectural and interior design knowledge has enhanced his diverse background in business, design and technical aspects of the profession.
After years of practice with some of the top national firms, Dan Kraiss now focuses on applying his design expertise and business acumen to making sure that BOX Studios excels in corporate interior design as well as base-building rehabilitation . . .
Crissy has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial interior designer, is an executive level professional at BOX Studios and is one of our most senior Project Managers. She is an expert in pre-lease services and provides design team leadership on . . .
Jenna Rivera (Lev)
Jenna Rivera has over a decade of experience in the commercial interior design industry and is a long-time member of the BOX Studios “family.” Her diverse portfolio includes corporate, hospitality, medical office, fitness facility and multi-family projects . . .
Carlos Rivera brings nearly three decades of experience to the BOX Studios Chicago team. Carlos' broad professional contributions have been in the areas of national corporate, commercial, restaurant, health and wellness, retail, government . . .
Margie Mellenbruch has been monitoring BOX Studios’ financial health since the firm’s inception. As the Director of Financial Management and Human Resources in the Denver office, she works with the firm's leadership to develop and implement . . .
"We have been working with Box Studios since Groupon launched in 2008, and the Box team has been integral to the design and function of our workspaces as we have expanded our global footprint to 48 countries. We can always count on approaches from Box that are on budget, on brand and meet the demands of our growing workforce."
"I'm still on site in San Antonio and at 11:00am on this beautiful Monday morning and I was just approached by a travel agent that has stopped by to unpack his new desk. He commented on how "contemporary" and "state of the art everything in this building" was. He then said, "my department was just talking about how we are so lucky that our company would do something like this for us" and "now we can't wear jeans anymore, we're gonna dress up every day!"
"While other firms may appear to have similar qualifications, the Principals at BOX have clear exposure and expertise in executing and collaborating across multiple platforms. One of the key differentiators is their ability to collaborate with consulting groups through their knowledge of planning, workplace strategy and portfolio realignment."