Chipman Design Architecture Has Been Here Before

Chipman Design Architecture has weathered over four decades of economic turbulence by consistently leading with our values. We believe people come first, standing as a partner by our clients’ side, and committing the talent and resources needed to innovate through any storm.

CDA has helped our clients find success in difficult times due to our ability to respond quickly, pivot team priorities, and adapt services to meet immediate client needs. Throughout the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, we doubled down on our client partnerships, building more fluid and non-traditional relationships by offering new services like lease reviews and architectural test fits.

Crisis or not, we are nothing without our amazing team members, and we understand the demand to rethink human-centric design principles for our clients, as well as how to support our staff as we adapt to collaborating in a new working environment.

Admittedly, COVID-19 is uncharted territory, but as the leading architectural design firm for a post-COVID-19 world, we are facing it with courage, innovation and resilience.

Chipman Design Has Your Architectural Design Plan for COVID-19

CDA has been a remote-capable work environment since the beginning of 2020, and currently, all our job site visits and construction sites are COVID compliant.

We aren’t just taking every safety precaution available, CDA is leading the way with foresight and imagination on how public spaces need to not only adapt now but also thrive in a modified future. We are honored to safely guide the leading national retail, restaurant, and hospitality groups through the pandemic in order to maintain public health and economic stability.

That’s why we have to be SMART.

Being SMART About COVID-19

Spatial Awareness

Tapping flexible solutions such as modular furniture and portable dividers will easily transform spaces to accommodate varying social distancing measures.


Updating materials to innovative products noted for their anti-microbial and sanitation performance will serve a safer environment.

Air Quality

Installing well-planned HVAC systems that bring more than just comfort to a space will contribute to healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).


Showcasing proper signage etiquette is key, combined with intentional design cues throughout, will provide subliminal way-finding.


Integrating both advanced technology and dependable mechanisms will ensure a contactless experience from initial entry and beyond.

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More on How We’re Thinking About Architecture Design Post-COVID-19 

As thought leaders on architectural design in a post-COVID world, we’re committed to keeping our clients and industries updated with the latest perspectives and findings.

CEO Lauren Chipman on Retail Design In Fortune

CEO Lauren Chipman on Retail Design In Fortune

As restaurants, retail, offices, and other public spaces reopen their doors after an entire season of shutdowns, guests can expect to enter a new reality of sneeze guards, cubicle seats, six-feet floor markers, and more. Unfortunately, many small businesses and even large corporations were not equipped to weather the initial storm of COVID-19, but if those still standing want any chance of survival during and after a modern…

CDA talks to the New York Times about shifts in restaurant layouts post-Covid-19

CDA talks to the New York Times about shifts in restaurant layouts post-Covid-19

To address that challenge, developers and designers are mulling interior and exterior changes that could drastically repurpose space, an overhaul that will require both customers and merchants to readjust their experiences and expectations. For example, a lot of space once used for sales or dining will now be taken over by behind-the-scenes work as vendors continue to shift to more takeout and pickup service.

ZAGAT: The Future Of Pandemic Restaurant Design

ZAGAT: The Future Of Pandemic Restaurant Design

When the pandemic started, we saw food service vendors react by creating social distancing graphics and erecting plexiglass, a material better suited for a grocery store. We’ve been delighted to see our teams work with artists to develop their own branded graphics integrated to maintain an elevated design while getting the messaging across. Restaurants will need to rethink a traditionally tight space, so we might see the reclamation of part of the front…

Modifying Your Environment: 7 Wins For Restaurants During COVID-19

Modifying Your Environment: 7 Wins For Restaurants During COVID-19

What’s most important for restaurants is that they’re able to act quickly and create a separate takeout experience. Based on the existing floor plan and space, a completely separate environment for each experience might not be possible, but there should at least be something distinct in the customer journey, whether it’s dine-in, takeout, or curbside. Consider appointing or hiring different heads of operations to…