Can You Design Company Culture?

Culture is created through shared values and experiences, which can be fostered through thoughtful workspace design

Lesley Ray
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5 min readDec 16, 2019


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TThere are so many different ways to interpret culture, especially when it comes to companies. Is culture created by the addition of a foosball table? Is it an annual company retreat? Or is it created by Amber, the receptionist who won’t stop sharing stories about her weekend photo shoots with her cat? In order to create the culture we want, we need to understand all the things that affect it.

We’ve all experienced the effects a good design can have on the way we work in and use a space, but what if design can go deeper than that? Culture is created through shared values and experiences, two attributes interior design is perfectly suited to address.

At Revel Architecture and Design, our design philosophy is rooted at the intersection of our four core cultural values.

1. Built to serve. We build trust with our clients by setting, meeting, and exceeding expectations.

2. Always the apprentice. We are students of our craft, always learning and embracing our curiosity.

3. Passion for perspectives. We bring our backgrounds to the foreground and (loudly) celebrate our individual perspectives.

4. Approachable by design. We strive to cross-pollinate, building strong relationships with our clients and colleagues through an approachable, family-like foundation.

These values drive our process. By drawing on each one, we create unique user experiences for our clients, which inspire them to continue the momentum in their offices. As the workplace continues to evolve, and with competition for talent becoming even more fierce, the adage “culture eats strategy for breakfast” is increasingly true. If you want to hire and retain top talent, you need a strong culture.

“Values can set a company apart from the competition by clarifying its identity and serving as a rallying point for employees.”

— Patrick Lencioni, HBR, “Make Your Values Mean Something

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Lesley Ray
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Architectural Designer based in San Francisco