Best practices

Our experience is a crucial resource.

WOWA’s strategic approach is versatile and powerful because we are constantly learning. We treat every development as an opportunity to hone our skills and advance best practices for clients and the wider industry. Our selected case studies detail strategy in action, presenting highlights from our 25 years of practice and showing how we help define the vision, direct implementation, and evaluate success for clients across a broad spectrum of scales and development types.

With our support, clients have achieved health-centered, net-zero-emissions neighborhoods for local communities, and the deep integration of open space and landscape in the built environment. We’ve helped create over 50 million square feet of connected, responsive space for organizations, businesses, and retail, and advocated for architectural excellence in mixed-use developments including over 10,000 residential units. Through the adoption of intelligent systems, we’ve helped to increase workplace productivity, better health and environmental performance, and improve asset utilization. Through innovation grounded in experience, WOWA delivers excellence for clients across the globe.

Selected case studies

For organizations: High-performance assets

Apple Park:

Advancing Creative Enterprise

Cupertino, California

6,000,000 sq. ft.
Office, research and development campus
Partner with Foster + Partners

Apple Expansion:

Navigating Fluid Environments

Cupertino, California

1,000,000 sq. ft.
Office, research and development campus
Partner with Foster + Partners

Connected Workplace:

Mastering Unprecedented Growth

United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa

23,000,000 sq. ft.
Global workplace solutions
Director with Cisco

Potsdamer Platz:

Grounding a Global Player

Berlin, Germany

12,000,000 sq. ft.
Corporate headquarters, mixed use
Architect with Richard Rogers Partnership

For developers: Outstanding architecture

Vallco Town Center:

Translating Architectural Excellence

Cupertino, California

Sand Hill Property Company
8,000,000 sq. ft.
Mixed use, suburban transformation

233 Geary:

Modernizing Midcentury

San Francisco, California

233 Geary Street Property Owner
250,000 sq. ft.
Adaptive reuse, historic preservation

First and Mission:

Defining the Highest Potential

San Francisco, California

TMG Partners
2,200,000 sq. ft.
Mixed use, high rise
Partner with Foster + Partners

For communities: Local pride

Shanghai Water Town:

Confronting Global Change

Shanghai, China

Shanghai Municipal People's Government
2,200,000 sq. ft.
Health-centered community

Potsdam Station:

Preserving World Heritage

Potsdam, Germany

Deutsche Bahn
2,200,000 sq. ft.
Health-centered community

Curtner Station:

Centering on Health

San Jose, California

Bayview Development Group, Bouygues Group, IBI
800,000 sq. ft.
Health-centered community

For industry leaders: Pioneering innovation

Smart Community:

Building Intelligent Futures

Vancouver, Canada

IBI Group
Digital leadership

Connected Urban Development:

Growing Smarter, Greener Cities

Amsterdam, Netherlands; San Francisco, California; Seoul, South Korea

Cisco & Clinton Global Initiative
Health and environmental stewardship
Director with Cisco

Connected Real Estate:

Elevating Industry Standards

Americas, Europe, Asia

Digital leadership
Director with Cisco

Healthy Community:

Leveraging Design, Technology, and Real Estate

Silicon Valley, California

Health and environmental stewardship