Ware Malcomb Celebrates 45th Anniversary
Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, recently announced the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the firm’s founding on April 1, 1972.
Ware Malcomb has grown dramatically in both size and scope from the company’s early beginnings as a local, Irvine-based architectural firm. The firm now spans 22 offices across beginnings as a local, Irvine-based architectural firm. The firm now spans 22 offices across North America providing planning, architecture, interior design, branding and civil engineering services to commercial real estate and corporate clients. Ware Malcomb has completed projects for one in five companies listed on the Fortune 100.
“This significant milestone is a testament to the innovation, talent and dedication of Ware Malcomb’s employees throughout its 45-year history,” said Lawrence R. Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of Ware Malcomb. “A lot has changed since Ware Malcomb was founded in 1972, but one thing that hasn’t is our client-centric approach to every aspect of our design work. We look forward to continued growth and diversification as we work together with our clients to make an enduring impact on the companies, industries and communities of tomorrow through innovative design.”
Founded as Ware & Malcomb Architects, Inc. by Bill Ware and Bill Malcomb in 1972, the firm focused on commercial office, industrial, corporate office and tenant improvement projects through the 1980s. Armstrong assumed the role of CEO in 1992 with past President Jim Williams, and together they expanded the firm to seven offices. They continued the company’s diversification by growing the interiors practice and expanding into healthcare, and science & technology projects during the 1990s and early 2000s. Since that time, Armstrong, along with his leadership team have continued to guide Ware Malcomb through a period of extraordinary growth. The firm now has 22 offices throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama, and expertise in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/educational facilities and renovation projects.
The firm and its projects have been recognized with numerous local and national design and industry awards. Notably, Ware Malcomb’s innovative design concepts have been recognized in a national design of the future competition by NAIOP, the national commercial real estate association, for four consecutive years in the areas of office, industrial, interiors and healthcare design.