Even though the world we once knew has been turned upside down by the pandemic, Arizona’s business community is hitting new heights. That includes Krause Architecture + Interiors, which is led by Brad Krause.
“Currently, many firms are reporting record profits and the need to retain and attract strong talent is at a pinnacle,” says Heidi Bayer, principal and legal recruiter for HGB Professional Recruiting Solutions. “The pandemic forced the legal profession to become more agile, learning how to facilitate working remotely. Despite most firms bustling with people again, many are downsizing their physical footprint and implementing office sharing.”
Never before has the businesses community needed great leaders like Bayer and the other men, women and businesses you should keep your eyes on in the coming year, including Brad Krause, founder and president, Krause Architecture + Interiors, who made Az Business magazine’s lists of Who’s Who in 2022.
Brad Krause, founder and president, Krause Architecture + Interiors
Krause founded Krause Architecture + Interiors in 1996. The firm’s design philosophy centers on the creation of design projects inspired by each client’s unique culture and history, with an approach that combines technology with the natural environment and a strong integration of architecture, interiors, art and landscape. Krause is consistently rated as one of the top design firms and has won numerous design awards.
ATTRACTION TO INDUSTRY: “I just love the process, I love the people and I just love the whole deal. It’s really fun and it’s challenging when you’re meeting a client for the first time, to really understand who they are and what they want to do. And then, from there, working with your consultants and your in-house team to develop a really kick-ass concept. That’s what we do. You have to have a concept before you can have a design. So, it has to be a mission, a vision statement, and where we’re headed with it. From there, we start the design. I’ve always loved it.”
IMPACT OF PANDEMIC ON BUSINESS: “It’s been huge. We were really fortunate in that when the pandemic hit, we had a really great group of people. We all trusted each other and we all believed in each other. So we pivoted very quickly. And working from home or working remotely was not a problem. We lost zero productivity.”
IMPACT OF PANDEMIC ON DESIGN: “The pandemic and the environmental issues we’ve been experiencing with climate change are on our minds constantly. We’re always looking for ways to make sure our clients are safe. We’re also stewards of the environment and we want to make sure that we protect the environment at the same time. We’re always looking for better ways to do things.”
INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: “We are really fortunate to live in Phoenix. I’ve lived here 35 years. The market has never really been slow. Yes, we’ve had some hiccups, but it’s always been crazy. I don’t see it slowing down. We’re going to have some hiccups along the way, but I think, moving forward, Phoenix will continue to be strong. Just look at all the people that are moving here and look at all the businesses that are moving here. The projections are through the roof, through 2026 is what I understand. That’s crazy.”
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