photo by Rebecca Necessary
This afternoon news broke that Gensler, the nation's second largest architecture firm with 2,500 professionals in 38 locations, will be absorbing Vernacular Studio to become the Gensler Raleigh office.
Vernacular is known for their modern style that could most publicly be seen in the former 101 Lounge, Marigold Parlour, the building that houses David's Dumplings and the upcoming Alfred Williams office and furniture studio in downtown.
This follows Ratio Architecture's aquisition late last year of downtown's Cherry Huffman Architects.
The Vernacular Studio office at the corner of Glenwood and Hillsborough will become the Gensler Raleigh offices and the change is expected to happen September 1st.
Below, the complete letter from the Vernacular Partners:
Dear friends, family, clients, and collaborators –
It is with great excitement and anticipation that we write today. After months of careful consideration, focused discussion, and thoughtful reflection we have made the decision to join Gensler—a world renowned architecture, design, and planning firm. Realizing that this news may surprise many of you, we look forward to speaking with you in more detail about this tremendous opportunity and how it will allow us to continue our commitment to well-conceived design solutions and unparalleled client service. Starting September 1, 2011 we will both serve as Studio Directors of Gensler’s Raleigh office. In this position, we will continue to play similar roles on project teams, bringing the same energy and enthusiasm we always have.
We would like to take this opportunity to give sincere thanks for the roles you have played in making Vernacular Studio a success over the past six years. The relationships we have built and the friendships we have made will stay with us for years to come and the memories will last us the rest of our lives. We are truly humbled to have been accepted into your businesses, as well as your lives. As the transition occurs, we will continue to work with our existing clients to ensure that Vernacular Studio completes each ongoing project with the same level of quality and attention to detail that you have come to expect.
So, be on the lookout for an announcement of our new relationship to be released in the coming days and please feel free to contact either of us with any questions or concerns that you might have. Thanks again for all of the things, large and small, that each of you has done along the way to make this opportunity possible.
To the next chapter.
Brett + Chad