Retail & Mixed Use:

Building the Future of Retail

May 18th, 2017 |
Due to the growing popularity and convenience of online shopping, traditional retail is undergoing radical transformation with unprecedented opportunities to make the shopping experience and mixed-use centers more relevant and vibrant than ever before. The leaders of ELS’s retail studio got together to talk about the trends they’re seeing. Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP, Principal in Charge of the Retail,… more

Geno Yun Returns to ELS as Principal to Lead the Retail and Mixed-Use Portfolio

September 27th, 2016 |
ELS is excited to announce that Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP has joined ELS as principal, leading our retail and mixed-use portfolio. Geno has more than 30 years of experience as an architect and has worked extensively on mixed-use and retail center design and planning, drawing on urban place-making principles to create public areas that encourage people to gather, socialize, and shop.… more

Making a San Francisco Destination Rooted in Bay Area Traditions: An Interview with Chris Meany of Wilson Meany

August 19th, 2016 |
This is the third in a series of extended interviews Sean Slater conducted when he was writing about “Crafting Authenticity for Retail Destinations” for Urban Land. He shares more of his conversation with Chris Meany, cofounder and managing partner of Wilson Meany, the owner of San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Meany talks about how the market hall concept of the Ferry Building came into being.… more

How to Give a Retail Center an Authentic Feel: An Interview with Shaheen Sadeghi of LAB Holdings

August 19th, 2016 |
This is the second in a series of extended interviews Sean Slater conducted when he was writing about “Crafting Authenticity for Retail Destinations” for Urban Land. Here, he shares more of his conversation with Shaheen Sadeghi, president and founder of LAB Holding in Costa Mesa, California. Sadeghi talks about the thinking behind his company’s “anti-malls”: unique, local-feeling urban alternatives to homogenous shopping… more

A Conversation With Jim Hennessy: An Authenticity Reboot on Chicago’s South Side

September 16th, 2015 |
How to Revive a Historic Retail District: An Interview with the Associate Vice President of Commercial Real Estate at the world-class University of Chicago in Hyde Park. In the May/June 2015 issue of Urban Land, my article “Crafting Authenticity for Retail Destinations” looked at the elements that give shopping streets and centers the handcrafted, eclectic, uniquely local feeling that many consumers prefer… more

Crafting Authenticity: An Antidote to the Homogenized Mall

August 3rd, 2015 |
Originally published in Urban Land Magazine Take a location with some history, add the right look — and seek the right mix of merchants — to create a retail site that people will want to experience. Article and Photos by Sean Slater In one of the oldest neighborhoods of Oakland, California, a short pedestrian alley called Temescal Alley has recently become… more

Mixed-Use and Retail Outlook and Trends IV

April 30th, 2015 |
For the latest installment of ELS' Mixed Use and Retail Outlook and Trends, Sean Slater (Principal), Ryan Call (Associate Principal and Director of Urban Design), Jamie Rusin (Principal), and David Petta (Principal), pictured from left to right, discuss issues and trends in real estate and retail development. High-end retail and select office and housing markets have led the economic recovery. Other markets… more

ELS Promotes Three to Principals

November 25th, 2014
ELS is proud to announce the promotions of Diana Hayton, Sean K. Slater, and Jeffrey Zieba to principals. Diana, Sean and Jeff will join the executive core in leading ELS into our 47th year. Diana Hayton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads ELS’s historic and adaptive reuse portfolio and directs the firm’s approach to integrated sustainable design strategies. She joined ELS[...] more

Mixed-Use and Retail Outlook and Trends III

November 6th, 2014 |
For the third installment of ELS' Mixed Use and Retail Outlook and Trends, David Petta (Principal), Jamie Rusin (Principal), Sean Slater (Director of Retail and Mixed-Use), and Ryan Call (Senior Associate), pictured from left to right, discuss issues and trends in the retail and mixed-use sector. What are new retail and technological innovations and trends, and how might they impact… more

Downtown Summerlin Opens!

October 13th, 2014
As executive architect, ELS would like to congratulate our client The Howard Hughes Corporation and the rest of the team on the grand opening of Downtown Summerlin near Las Vegas on October 9, 2014! The 1.6-million-square-foot development includes department stores, shops,[...] more

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