We live for big ideas.
Our team has spent over 40 years perfecting how we collaborate with our teams, our clients, and the community to offer thoughtful, creative solutions in every project we work on. We aim to surprise and delight by pushing the limits of what is possible.
Its all about the details.
When you work with JERDE, you're entering a world where outside-the-box is not only encouraged, but celebrated. The unknown excites us – we take unique ideas to the drawing boards and consistently dream up ways to make them bigger. We take a hands on approach – pinning papers to walls, building physical models, and sketching out what's in our heads. We're committed to our bespoke process, while working as your partner every step of the way.
A space for dreaming.
Our headquarters is located in The CalEdison building, a historic landmark of Downtown Los Angeles. Similar to our process, our sole design space is where raw meets polished. Exposed concrete and warm wood paneling acts as a serene, neutral backdrop for any project. We rely on open, collaborative spaces for prime idea generation.
You'll notice a smattering of papers, books, and models spread across desks of all sizes, conference rooms, and "war room" studios – that's our style. Our HQ also features an extensive archival library and a fully stocked model shop. We give our team members everything they need to dive into the universe of each project.
Our Global Offices
While our design HQ is in Los Angeles, JERDE has project offices around the world to provide a consistent experience for all of our clients.
Territory Breakdown by Office
Project of the Year - Commercial
Gold Winner, Interior Design
Best Global Project, Mixed-Use Development
Best Architecture Firm
Top Architecture Firm
Best TOD Commercial Mixed-Use Project
Award of Merit, Best Commercial Project
Best Retail Architecture
Gold Award, Best Hotel & Tourism Development
Our founder started JERDE in 1977 to build spaces that amplified and celebrated the ordinary person. While many architects simply concentrate on the beauty of the building, Jerde was a pioneer in recognizing that the human experience is everything – and that it should come first. At the start of each project, he would envision what he wanted people to feel in the finished environment, and draw out detailed storyboards to match. By taking the time to sketch out a visitor's narrative, he'd set an electrifying foundation for the project as a whole.
Many described him as the "anti-Gehry" in the way that he unapologetically injected the magic of bold, flashy entertainment into his work. As he constructed thrilling, multi-leveled worlds, he revolutionized not only the retail experience, but the way that we now expect common spaces to both captivate and localize our communities. Today we continue Jon's work by prioritizing the space between – above all, we champion the hearts and minds of everyday people.
JERDE through the years
The beginning (1977)
Jon Jerde founds a small-shop firm in Silverlake, California with a vision to elevate the ordinary.
Horton Plaza (1982)
Our founding project, a mall to revamp Downtown San Diego. With colorful bridges, platforms, and terraces, this is where "the space between" takes its first steps.
Los Angeles Olympics (1984)
JERDE oversees the look of the Olympic Games, creating inexpensive, lightweight design parts that unite the widespread venues of Los Angeles.
JERDE Venice Beach (1989)
Universal City Walk (1993)
This iconic space coined a new Urban Entertainment Center approach by weaving together services and experiences for locals and tourists.
JERDE Hong Kong opens (1995)
Our first international office opens as a hyper-connected hub for work in China, Asia, Australia, and beyond.
Canal City Hakata (1996)
Our flagship project in Japan, and subsequently, the largest privately developed project in Japan's history.
JERDE Shanghai opens (2000)
Our Shanghai office opens to further serve our Chinese market, with support in Beijing and ChongQing.
Roppongi Hills (2003)
Santa Monica Place (2010)
Pacific City (2016)
JERDE HQ moves to DTLA (2018)
Our new Los Angeles headquarters opens in the historic CalEdison building, bringing our process to a beautiful, inviting space to inspire us for years to come.
JERDE Singapore opens (2019)
Our Singapore office opens as a launchpad to expand into Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.