Skip to main content
Research and Innovation Center, Ford Motor Company
Palo Alto, CA
Ford Motor Company
Leading the charge in
smart mobility.
The next evolution of transportation.
From horseless carriage to driverless car.
Furthering its resolution to become “the leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics,” Ford has deepened its investment in Palo Alto, renovating two previously vacant buildings to significantly expand its existing Research and Innovation Center. Flexible and collaborative, the redesign reflects the unique ecosystem of Silicon Valley itself—dynamic. Relationship-driven. Future-focused, and driven.

With its opening, the newly expanded Research and Innovation Center doubled Ford’s Palo Alto workforce, and created more than five times the square footage of the original campus. Today, it stands as yet another powerful signifier of Ford’s commitment to advance—and lead—the smart mobility market.
Results
The interior architecture parallels the relationship-building ecosystem of Silicon Valley itself, where start-ups, incubators, universities and investors comingle with tech leaders and corporate giants.
A bright, open floorplan removes visual as well as ideological barriers and unifies engineers, designers, researchers and scientists.
Integrating laboratories into the workplace design allows for seamless “desk-to-testing” development and weaves research into the office fabric.
Informal lounge spaces and collaborative zones provide opportunities for spontaneous interaction, fostering the interdisciplinary cross-pollination that sparks creativity and discovery.
The expansion more than doubles Ford’s existing Palo Alto workforce and increases square footage from 30,000 to 150,000 square feet.
HED’s sixty-year relationship with Ford, deep automotive experience, expertise in innovative research environments and Detroit and San Francisco office locations uniquely positioned our team for the role.
/6
1
2
3
4
5
6
Project Data
Research + Innovation Center 2016-01436-000
Ford Motor Company
Palo Alto, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
Interiors
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
150,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$44.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Gold
YEAR COMPLETED
2017
Project Team
  • Brett Paloutzian
    AIA, LEED Green Associate
    Managing Principal
    PRINCIPAL
  • Anna MacDougall
    RIBA
    Associate Principal
    Project Management Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Erin Pleticha
    Architecture + Design

  • Luciana Arim
    LEED Green Associate
    Associate
    Project Management

  • Ching Van
    LEED AP BD+C
    Architecture + Design

  • Michael Myers
    AIA, LEED Green Associate
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • Thanawadee (Natt) Puapornpong
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Patricia (Patsy) Shigetomi
    AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader

  • Duane Fisher
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Fang (Emily) Lam
    Architecture + Design

  • Benjamin Caffey
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • Yin-Yin Chen
    LEED AP BD+C
    Architecture + Design

  • Robert Dittes
    Architecture + Design

  • Brenda Page
    Administrative Services

The next evolution of transportation.
Research and Innovation Center, Ford Motor Company
Palo Alto, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Leading the charge in
smart mobility.
home
home