March 17, 2022


Ideation Design Group in Phoenix staffs up for $2B Newark Airport project

2022 is off to a huge start for Ideation Design Group (IDG). From exciting project completions to major new project wins, the award-winning commercial design firm is on track to eclipse annual growth projections that dwarf even pre-pandemic expectations. With that, the company is pleased to announce the addition of new hires and key promotions that will lead array of important design projects in major markets in cities across the U.S. as well as internationally.

“IDG is thrilled to kick off 2022 with the addition of four new Associates, including the promotion of key staff to leadership positions within the firm,” said Jennifer Reynolds, a Partner with Ideation Design Group.

“IDG continues to grow at a rapid rate, which has given us the unique opportunity to add industry-leading talent and promote key leaders from our dynamic team,” she said.

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Recent new hires and promotions include:

Cody Bowman joins IDG from Larson Design Group in Phoenix and brings over a decade of industry experience to the team. NCARB-certified, Bowman brings a wealth of experienced and key certifications that further the capabilities of the firm to serve clients across all 50 states and internationally.

Robert Stickles brings over 30 years of architectural expertise to IDG with experience as a principal, project director, project manager, architect, designer and educator. Throughout his career, Stickles has built an established name in the design industry as a thoughtful leader and visionary with top firms and leading institutions across the U.S.

Stacy Molnar is a 10-year veteran of Ideation Design Group, formerly serving as Project Manager and Senior Studio Director. In his new role as an Associate, Molnar will oversee the (specialization) and (perform tasks).

Ken Nanna has been with the company nearly four years. Through his tenure, Nanna served in Project Manager roles and Studio Director positions. In his new role as an Associate, Nanna will take on a greater leadership role on the Studio floor.

Recently named among the “Best Places to Work” by the Phoenix Business Journal, Ideation Design Group prides itself on a creative culture that breeds innovation and achievement through exciting competition and teamwork.

“IDG set itself apart during the pandemic by becoming laser-focused on client and consumer needs in a post-pandemic world, and now we are in the fortunate opportunity to bring those design concepts to life,” Reynolds said. “Our team is fortified with big thinkers and exceptionally creative minds that understand the necessary challenges facing businesses and how the consumer experience has changed and will continue to change as we navigate changing times in a new world,” she said.

“It’s a very exciting time to be at the forefront of commercial design and our newly energized team has a front seat for innovation,” Reynolds said.

The company recently kicked off work on major new project wins including the $2.05B redevelopment of Newark Liberty International Airport. IDG will be leading design efforts for a variety of luxury and lifestyle brands across the retail and hospitality industries as the 94-year old airport sheds its old image and emerges as a top U.S. airport hub for domestic and international travel featuring high-end shopping and dining destinations.

With a longstanding reputation as one of the leading airport design firms in the US, IDG expanded its portfolio from serving the friendly skies to focusing serving clients and consumers of the open roads as well.

“One of the most surprising and exciting areas we have expanded our business in the last 18 months is reimagining the ‘truck stop’ experience as focus remains on the supply-chain system that ensures products move efficiently throughout the country and road-tripping booms,” said Partner Carl Shaffer.

Now called ‘Travel Centers’, these aren’t your father’s trucks stops or gas stations. IDG has completely reimagined the fill up center experience as bright and inviting with modern designs that feature clean lines, stylish interiors and a variety of popular food and beverage brands in an updated convenience store-meets-food court format serving the needs of American truckers and travelers alike.

“It’s exciting to watch our work shift consumer experiences and brand perceptions along with the changing times,” Shaffer said.

The company anticipates an ongoing hiring surge in the coming months as the company expands into new areas of interior design that require more staff with specific expertise.

“As business models and consumer experiences evolve for a post-pandemic world, design firms are entering an exciting and challenging new frontier in how we bring brands to life,” Reynolds said. “By combining a wealth of experience and talented design professionals, IDG remains ahead of the commercial design industry,” she said.

Ideation Design Group is currently hiring for several positions that are available here.

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