Philadelphia--Dec. 3, 2008--Karen Daroff, President and Design Principal of Daroff Design and an internationally recognized Interior Design leader, announced the appointment of Stephen Beacham, AIA, IIDA, to the newly created position of Associate Principal of the renowned firm's Corporate Interiors practice. Most recently, Beacham was Associate Principal and Firm-wide Director of Interiors for RMJM Hillier, where he led an energetic studio that ranged from 25 to 35 designers and architects in both the Princeton and Philadelphia offices. His work encompassed such diverse project types as corporate headquarters in a wide variety of market sectors, law firms, as well as hospitality and higher education libraries.
"We are very pleased with the appointment of Stephen to our firm," said Daroff. "He has the analytical and creative skills, as well as the experience, to assist our corporate clients from the very beginning of a project when they need to conceptualize their needs through to the project's completion when their visions are realized with innovative, forward-thinking design solutions that align their business strategies with their new facility. Our mission is to provide the physical environment that supports and enhances a client's business," said Daroff.
"His appointment speaks to the dedication of our firm to continue creating compelling and efficient design solutions that carry this mission forward" continued Daroff. "The recent completion of the Comcast Center in Philadelphia is a testament to the firm's commitment to provide Comcast with holistic solutions that looked well beyond the interior construction. DDI was able to get in early, before construction began and collaborate with the base building designers to improve the building's efficiency. Robert A. M. Stern, the building's architect, intended the tower to have a very light and translucent edifice. Serendipitously we collaborated with Gensler, Stephen's former firm, to continue this theme in the building's interior. The design solutions addressed not only the client's program needs but also their desire to elevate the quality of life for all of their employees.
Beacham's 25 years of project experience includes more than 5 million square feet of office space with budgets ranging from $14 a square foot to $800 a square foot. "The best projects are those where the entire project team is truly vested – the client, the architect, the contractor, the project manager – and the rest of team become one. Like Daroff, my design methodology is very user focused, and, similarly does not just respond to their needs. I very often provide guidance to them throughout the programming, design, procurement and construction processes and in the end deliver a project that exceeds their expectations. Over the years, I have learned how to help clients articulate their needs and am able to develop those needs into innovative three dimensional design solutions.
Prior to his joining RMJM Hillier in 2003 (then Hillier Architecture), Beacham was with Gensler for 16 years in both the New York City and Morristown, N.J. offices. As a Vice President and Design Director, he was responsible for expanding the design portfolio of the office and developing the next generation of designers for their growing New Jersey office. He came to Gensler from Tsao & McKown Architects in New York City where he worked on residential projects. After graduating from Pratt Institute with a Bachelors of Architecture, he began his career at The Phillips Janson Group (now TPG Architects, LLP), also in New York City, where he worked on a variety of commercial and residential projects.
Passionate about building the next generation of designers, Beacham was the New Jersey City Center Director for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) from 2001 to 2003 and currently serves on its advisory board. He has been a guest lecturer at several of the design programs at Pratt Institute, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Kean University. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He resides in Pennington, N.J. with his wife and three children.
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