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CompanyHuntsman Architectural Group
Lead DesignersDavid Meckley
ClientDavid Meckley
Prize(s)Gold in Interior Design / Commercial, Gold in Interior Design / Office
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Entry Description

Argonaut, an innovative advertising agency, was in sea
search of a new home to support their rapid growth. With
creativity as its driving force, their new headquarters nee
needed to embody the same spirit and soul embedded in
its creative process. Such a space was found the historic Av
Avalon Ballroom.

The 25,000sf building was carefully restored to its original
splendor while offering work and social spaces that reflect
Argonaut's brand and creative work style. In the main
ballroom, a custom-designed desking system extends
from a raised platform stage resembling catwalks.
Argonaut practices "free addressing" - encouraging
unrestricted choice of work settings where staff can be
most creative. Interspersed around the space are flexible
and casual idea-generating spaces. An original mezzanine
overlooks the ballroom's activity and houses the
boardroom and meeting rooms. The ground level
workspace is devoted to the production teams, featuring
a custom-desking system, lounges, meeting areas, and a
an art gallery.


We elevate the human experience by designing places that connect, sustain, and inspire. Our work prioritizes human wellbeing, social impact, and environmental stewardship. We collaboratively explore our clients' unique aspirations and culture and together we create places with meaning.

Huntsman Architectural Group includes over 110 architects, interior designers, and creative staff in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. While our work has been recognized with numerous awards and publications worldwide, we are far more interested in elevating experiences for our clients and strengthening o

Awards and Prize

31st Annual Chicago Commercial ​Real Estate Estate Awards, Redevelopment of the Year, The 300
2019 IIDA Northern California Honor Award, Serve,The 300
2019 Floor Focus Vision Design Awards, Honorable Mention, Corporate, Informed.co
IFMA New York Award For Excellence, Design & Construction of a New Facility Nominee, Fenwick & West
Kaiser Permanente 2018 Design Excellence Awards, Overall Design Award, Kaiser A4/D4 Refresh
2018 International Design Awards, Honorable Mention, Informed.co
2018 Coolest Offices in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times
Weebly and Argonaut
2017 Interior Design’s Best of Year Finalist, Commercial Lobby category, 301 Howard Street, San Francisco
2017 AIA California Council, Interior Architecture Merit Award, 301 Howard Street, San Francisco
2017 International Design Awards, Gold Award - Office Category and Gold Award - Commercial Category, Argonaut, San Francisco
2017 AIA San Francisco Design Awards, Art and Furniture Special Commendation, 301 Howard Street, San Francisco
2017 IIDA Northern California, Honor Award, Work Medium category, ​Argonaut, San Francisco
2017 IIDA 44th Annual Interior Design Competition, Finalist 2017, Argonaut, San Francisco
2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year, Office category for Mid-Size Creative/Tech, Argonaut, San Francisco