2022 IID 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner – Shearman & Sterling by Perkins&Will

This project exemplifies design for human health and wellbeing, enabling new ways of working in the post-pandemic reality. Workplace agility and heightened engagement are key drivers of this solution, as are state-of-the-art environmental systems and controls. Improved air quality and minimized contaminant exposure is also achieved with the installation of hands-free electronic door hardware, faucets, and flushing devices.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
International Interior Design Awards 2022

Shearman & Sterling
Workplace Interior



Design Team
Managing Principal: John Sadlon, Project Director: Jennifer Graham, Design Principal: Brent Capron, Senior Designer: Jeanette Kim, Design Team: Allison Brown, Maiata Carlton, Diana Chang, Eunee Chung, Mark De Souza, Mariana Giraldo, Marko Goodwin, Bo Kim, Monica Kumar, Roger Landivar, Danny Maghuyop, Caitlin May, Dawn Pappas, Emma Peng, Ilya Pulyaev, Krystn Rilloraza, Bradley Rogers, Michael Tam, Karen Tsuda, Wenqi Zhang.

New York, NY

United States

©Garrett Rowland Photography LLC

Technical precision was essential to the success of this project. Extensive coordination with the consultant team of contractors, engineers and specialty experts in lighting, sound, IT and AV systems was key to ensure the right balance of systems to provide an enhanced user experience. That precision guides the ethos of the entire project. Other unique features of the project include a multi-function event space with 20-foot ceiling height, the scale of which evokes iconic New York City venues that are timelessly classic in their appeal.

Throughout the conference center and hospitality areas, an expansive art program was developed to feature curated works that relate back to each of Shearman & Sterling’s global locations. Original commissions focused on young, up-and-coming artists as well as established local artisans whose works are prominently featured.

A major hub of engagement and productivity radiates from the 3rd floor Café, which is inspired by classic European bistros. The design team’s contemporary interpretation features multiple zones of activity with furnishings that are easily reconfigurable for various events and functional needs. A full cooking kitchen offers a variety of culturally inspired and health-conscious menu options throughout the day, reflecting the firm’s commitment to support employee health and wellbeing. Technology is integrated at various scales throughout the lounge and dining areas, supplying options for heads-down focused work as well as communal viewings of major televised events. A conveniently located Tech Hub allows employees to receive software updates and hardware maintenance while they enjoy the extensive food and beverage offering with colleagues.

The project is a testament to transformative workplaces that are possible as the direct result from a highly engaged and visionary team. Strong partnerships that are rooted in trust consistently yield optimal results. Every nuance of each detail is intentionally driven to improve functionality and elevate the human experience within the workplace. Shearman and Sterling are tracking to achieve WELL Platinum certification of the space, in alignment with the project team’s commitment to excellence in client service and employee engagement.