Aria Group Blog

Blueprint 2024 NO.2: Saltwater Coastal Grill

07/24/2024 at 2:24 pm

Saltwater Coastal Grill, a new concept from Lyons Group, brings the fresh air and flavors of the sea to the Chicagoland area. Aria Group collaborated with the restaurant and entertainment group to transport guests to the ocean with a timeless coastal atmosphere. The original space was a moody Irish pub, and maximizing light played a […]

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Blueprint 2024 NO.2: Topgolf Atlanta Refresh

07/24/2024 at 2:24 pm

In 2024 Topgolf Midtown-Atlanta was part of the company’s CapEx program to refresh venues with bright new designs, updated equipment and furniture, a refinished outfield and a new brand upgrade. For months, the Aria team worked closely with the Topgolf Branding team, the Topgolf CapEx and Design teams, consultants and the contractor to coordinate the […]

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Blueprint 2024 NO.2: Dave & Buster’s

07/24/2024 at 2:24 pm

Developing the new Dave & Buster’s prototype was an exercise in collaboration. The talent at Aria brought their unique visions to life, reflecting the brand’s exciting evolution through the development of the remodel prototype. This playful and creative approach is evident from the bold architectural elements and a mix of materials with playful shapes which draw […]

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Blueprint 2024 NO.2: Guy Fieri’s Kitchen + Bar

07/23/2024 at 3:55 pm

Guy Fieri has made a name for himself championing great food with a playful, down-to-earth attitude. This larger-than-life persona posed an interesting challenge when working on Guy Fieri’s Kitchen + Bar at Council Bluffs: How to distill that energetic, rock-and-roll, fun-loving personality into a design. Situated in Harrah’s Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino, we worked […]

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Designing a Restaurant Living Roof

04/20/2023 at 10:15 pm

Aria Group has been designing restaurants for over 34 years, but we recently experienced unique challenges while working on Amy’s Drive Thru in Roseville, California.  Partnering with a client committed to the environment and social well-being enabled us the opportunity to design a restaurant with a Living Roof.  Amy’s is the first Certified B Corporation […]

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A Cozy New Hideaway in Sister Bay!

03/20/2023 at 4:03 pm

Our design team hit the ground running on this one! An untimely change in project resources meant that our client was left without a designer and a fast-paced project timeline! Our design team jumped in and crafted an enlivened interior concept focusing on the area’s historic roots and the client’s vision of a high-end boutique […]

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Meet the Team: Jade Heiler

03/20/2023 at 3:25 pm

We are kicking off our 2023 series of Meet the Team with introducing you to Jade Heiler!  Jade is an experienced architectural designer and has been with us since late 2021. She has been a great asset to the team working on projects with a world-renowned chef that is expanding in the US market, as […]

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Meet the Team: Ndeye Fatou Daikhate Njie

08/25/2022 at 8:14 pm

Welcome to another addition of the Meet the Team! Fatou has been with us since June 2019 and has quickly made her mark on our team by being a REVIT expert and is one of our BIM Coordinators. As an Architectural Designer, Fatou has a lot of involvement with the Dave & Buster’s brand, working […]

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Meet the Team: Nathan Kiecker

05/17/2022 at 1:21 pm

Welcome to another edition of Meet the Team! This month, we would like you to meet Nathan Kiecker. Nathan is an Architectural Designer and has been a part of the Aria Group team since 2019. Recently, Nathan’s focus has been on several Shake Shack projects around the U.S. and his technical talents have been instrumental […]

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Aria Group: Beat the Streets

08/09/2021 at 7:26 pm

We are excited to share another successful pro bono project that extends our continued commitment to social responsibility, environmental stewardship, equity and inclusion. Aria Group began collaborating in 2020 with Beat the Streets on their new South Archer Avenue wrestling facility located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago—a project that would transform and directly […]

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Meet the Team: Kyle Miller

07/19/2021 at 9:30 am

Welcome to another edition of Meet the Team!  Kyle Miller began at Aria Group in February 2015 as an Architectural Technician and was recently promoted to Project Coordinator. He brings an attention to detail and a positive outlook to every project he works on – we’re lucky to have him as a part of our […]

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Meet the Team: Brian Zielinski

06/16/2021 at 7:44 am

Welcome to another edition of Meet the Team!  Brian Zielinski is a Project Manager at Aria Group who just celebrated 15 years with our firm. He joined our team in 2006 as an Architectural Technician and has been practicing architecture for 17 years. Brian has managed a variety of projects in our office, including Perry’s […]

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Meet the Team: Catie Crutchfield

05/17/2021 at 9:25 pm

Welcome to another edition of Meet the Team! Catie joined Aria Group in August 2018 and has been a force to reckon with as she dabbles in various project types and clients.  From Protein Bar, to Palmer House, and now working on a new casino project – Catie really has stretched her wings in her […]

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Meet the Team: Will Olds

04/09/2021 at 5:23 pm

Welcome to another addition of Meet the Team! Will Olds joined our team in August 2019, fresh off completing his master’s degree at Kansas State University. In Will’s time at Aria, he has worked on a wide variety of projects including True Food Kitchen, Cooper’s Hawk and most recently Shake Shack. Will has aided our […]

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Case Study: Redevelopment of Charlestowne Mall

03/31/2021 at 8:00 am

Interior Courtyard Redevelopment Rendering While modern society looks towards the next shiny and new place to be, we often neglect to address our current spaces and how we use them. In an ever-expanding online world, shopping malls have taken a hit. With the effect of the pandemic this past year, the result has meant closures […]

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Stan’s: Where Donut & Coffee Lovers Meet

03/19/2021 at 2:40 pm

Stan’s Donuts Receives 2020 RD+D Award – Best New Prototype Runner-Up The annual RD+D Magazine Awards honor the best in restaurant design across seven categories. We are thrilled to announce that Stan’s Donuts & Coffee has been recognized in the Best New Prototype Category – Runner-Up. Check out the RD+D March/April 2021 issue here! A […]

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Reinventing the American Mall

03/17/2021 at 5:59 pm

North Star Mall Opening Day 1960 (Express News Archives) Take a drive down the business highway in most mid-size towns, and odds are that you will inevitably pass by one of the great relics of a bygone era in American culture. The indoor mall was once the epicenter of shopping convenience and consumer capitalism in […]

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Quarantine 2020 Wrapped

02/21/2021 at 10:23 am

It is crazy to think it’s been over a year since the pandemic began and almost a year since our office started working remote.  So much has happened. It has been the longest year, but also feels like it has flown by.  As we dive into this new year and look forward to getting back to […]

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Meet the Team: Martika Camacho

02/12/2021 at 8:17 am

Our team is the soul of Aria Group and key to our success and growth as a company.  Martika is a great example of one of our team members that has grown within Aria through her great work ethic and dedication to her projects and clients. Martika began at Aria in 2013 as a design librarian, […]

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Aria Group: Public Interest Design

02/05/2021 at 3:46 pm

A House in Austin – photos by Travis Vannoy Aria Group couldn’t be more proud to highlight two socially responsible projects as we start out hopeful for the new year.  These projects showcase Aria Group’s continued commitment to helping in our communities through providing thoughtful design solutions pro bono. If 2020 taught us anything, it […]

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Recap: Top Posts 2020

01/26/2021 at 4:30 pm

As we look forward to a new year of posts, we thought we would revisit our greatest hits of 2020. As we checked our stats, we were not too surprised to find that our top five all have some relation to the story of 2020 – the pandemic. We sought to take a positive spin […]

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