James T. 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, exceptional gift for design, deep understanding of his craft, and relentless optimism will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him and work with him.
Over his 30+ years of wide ranging professional experience, Jim’s focus was on interiors and real estate strategy. He loved the special quality of design, the thrill of putting together the jigsaw puzzle of space that would provide the most effective and efficient use of the client’s resources, that would make people’s lives better, and serve to inspire them. According to Jim, “Interiors make the greatest impact on the organization. Through workplace strategy and design, we express our client’s identity, culture and image. We project the client’s unique brand, as well as positively impact the workers’ productivity, comfort, and commitment to the organization. It’s important that our approach is always evolving, always fresh.” Jim was a dedicated mentor to his staff, who now carry on his legacy.
Before moving to Denver in 2000 and creating BOX Studios, Jim Graczyk served in leadership roles for the Chicago based Architectural & Design firms of Perkins & Will (The Environments Group), Gary Lee Associates (ISD), Epstein, and SPACE. His career took him to the top of the design world, as he spearheaded real estate strategy development and workspace design for many high-profile national and international clients, including AT&T, Media One, US West, Aetna, Ameritech, Lucent Technologies, and SBC Communications. Under Jim’s guidance, BOX Studios’ list of portfolio clients grew to include Carlson Wagonlit Travel, TriZetto Group, Brown & Caldwell, Agrium and Newmont Mining.
Jim Graczyk attended the College of Architecture at Ball State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Design.
Jim was thrilled to see the same relentless drive, ingenuity and curiosity in his children. His greatest hope was that they are as happy in their future professions as he had been in his.