Category Archive: Company News


  1. Life Science Market Segment Update

    Last October we announced an alliance between ID Studios and ORANGEWALLstudios. This partnership was formed specifically in response to the increased demand for highly qualified lab planning and cutting-edge workplace design services in the Life Science sector. As soon as we made the announcement, life science project coordinators recognized the potential. We were quickly able to make connections and start work on projects up and down the west coast.

    To date, we have seven active life science/lab projects including two with Ligand Pharmaceuticals. These projects include scopes such as core and shell upgrades, lab planning, space planning, and TI projects.

    Neurelis, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Pink Media
    Neurelis “…founded to license, develop, and commercialize product candidates for the broader central nervous system (CNS), including epilepsy and psychiatry.”

    We’d love to partner with you on your upcoming life science and/or lab project and show you how the alliance between ID Studios and ORANGEWALLstudios can be of benefit to you. See more of our completed life science projects HERE and Contact Us to get started!

  2. We’re Open!

    Last night we celebrated having all of our team members officially fully vaccinated and to celebrate that we’re open! It feels great to get together and enjoy a group happy hour at the office again, just like old times! 

    ID Studios is Open

    Please be aware that we’re following state and local guidelines for a safe reopen. Please call ahead and pay attention to signage when you come for a visit.

  3. Summer 2021: Together Again!

    As we enter the summer season, we’re excited to be able to work together again. Nothing beats face-to-face collaboration and team building and we love to see that starting to happen again all over San Diego.

    As we follow state and local guidelines, we can’t wait to see you too! Get updates on our Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts.

  4. A Big Welcome to Cameron and Katrina

    The most recent additions to our team

    ID Studios continues to grow! This Spring two new designers, Cameron Johnson and Katrina Shea, joined the ID Studios “work family”.

    Cameron Johnson and Katrina Shea, designers at ID Studios
    Cameron Johnson and Katrina Shea

    Cami began her career working in different aspects of the Interior Design industry in 2016 while attending school at SDSU. In 2018, she took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad at the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, then in 2019, she graduated with a BA in Art and Interior Design. Cami used her passion for interior design to work as a set designer for a series of commercials that aired between 2019 and 2021. Cami is already showing us her talent while working on projects such as Fancy Farmer, an up-and-coming restaurant in Julian, and Quadrant Solution’s corporate office here in San Diego.

    Five years after graduating from the University of San Diego with a BA in Business Administration, Katrina Shea realized her heart was leading her in a more artistic direction. She went back to school at the Design Institute of San Diego and in 2018 she earned her BA in Interior Design. Since then, Katrina expanded her industry experience at Ware Malcomb working on a dozen projects all over San Diego. Katrina is a wonderful addition to our team and is proving her worth on projects such as Muir Language Academy, Mira Mesa High School, and several life-science projects in Thousand Oaks CA.

  5. Our Core Values

    Enriching people’s lives through thoughtful design

    Our core values reflect our approach to our clients and ourselves. We are storytellers. We build relationships, we learn your story and we tell your story through great design. We recruited a team member to create a graphic to go along with each of our core values. We’ll feature our Core Values and the graphics in upcoming social media posts. Here is the result.

    Relationships: We are relationship-driven. We are a series of relationships, with our clients, reps, contractors and fellow employees.

    Relationships: We are relationship-driven. We are a series of relationships, with our clients, reps, contractors and fellow employees.
    by Cameron Johnson

    Family: We, as an office, are a family and our clients become our family as well. We trust each other, we celebrate each other, and we support each other.

    by Katrina Shea

    Dedication: We are fully invested in our projects because we feel they reflect our clients and ourselves as a team.

    Dedication: We are fully invested in our projects because we feel they reflect our clients and ourselves as a team.
    by Lauren Zinn

    Creativity: Creativity is intrinsic to what we do. Creative thinking drives excellent solutions.

    Creativity: Creativity is intrinsic to what we do. Creative thinking drives excellent solutions.
    by Kelsey Held

    Balance: Live, work, play, give. Balance helps us to be the best version of ourselves at work and in our personal lives.

    by Lila Zubik
  6. We’re Thankful for Our Strong Culture That Kept Us Going During Quarantine

    As we reflect on 2020, we recognize it has been a trying time, but we find ourselves thankful for the things we have as an ID Studios family. We have a strong culture here and we’ve found new ways to keep in touch, while also keeping a safe distance.

    Work from Home

    On March 17 we announced that we would support everyone working from home. When the state-wide “Stay at Home” mandate was announced on the 19th, we were already settling into the remote routine. Luckily, we had previously implemented Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and remote computer access so we were able to leverage those programs and transition to WFH relatively quickly.

    Outdoor Staff Meeting

    Once small, outdoor gatherings were deemed safe, we started holding our monthly staff meetings outdoors in our parking lot. We accommodated those who wanted to join with a remote connection. We’ve found these monthly meetings to be a big part of keeping strong working relationships with our co-workers.

    Fun Connection

    We’ve started a “Let’s Keep in Touch” club where we have virtual events ranging from 30-minute discussions about fun topics. Some include favorite binge-worthy shows, cookie decorating, favorite camping tips, sharing baby pictures and unusual drawing challenges. These fun events aren’t mandatory, but just something to look forward to where you can learn something new about your co-worker and laugh at old prom-pictures.

    Looking Towards the Future

    There are still challenges to come (virtual Holiday gift-giving???) but we look forward to stretching our creativity and finding new ways to connect. We also look towards the day when WFH is optional and we have more time to collaborate face-to-face.

  7. Announcing a New Partnership Between ID Studios and ORANGEWALLstudios

    ID Studios is excited to announce our alliance with ORANGEWALLstudios. This partnership was formed specifically in response to the increased demand for highly qualified lab planning and cutting-edge workplace design services in the Life Science sector. Over the last 15 years, ID Studios has designed hundreds of facilities that support positive workplace culture and drive innovation. Many of these projects have been in the San Diego Life Science sector. Now, with ORANGEWALLstudios on board, we have expanded our lab planning expertise with the design and planning of wet and dry labs that support immunology, genomics, biochemistry, and neuroscience, as well as support spaces such as vivariums. Combined, our firms are a solid technical and design force on the west coast.

    Neurelis, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Pink Media
    Neurelis Lobby

    As an example of one of ID Studios’ Life Science projects, we recently completed design and construction for the offices of Neurelis, a company that received FDA approval on a new seizure cluster rescue treatment. Their new workplace is built into a hill overlooking Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve where the views offer a powerful connection to nature, promoting health, happiness, and progress among Neurelis’ staff. The workspace design integrates natural materials to enhance the wellness mission of the company and provides natural light to each person while bringing the outdoors in.

    Acadia Pharmaceutical, Interiors by ID Studios, Photos by Studio 512
    Undisclosed Pharmaceutical Company Break Room

    ID Studios also recently designed the new headquarters for an Undisclosed Pharmaceutical Company located at the brand-new mixed-use development, One Paseo. This company created the first and only medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. Their offices integrate the latest technology while maintaining a Southern California loft feeling and planning for new social distancing attributes as well.

    Inova Diagnostics, Headquarters design by ID Studios, photo by Anna Rowland
    Inova Diagnostics Lobby

    Inova Diagnostics is yet another client in the local Life Science industry that ID Studios has worked with on several refresh and expansion projects. Nestled in the eucalyptus groves of Scripps Ranch, Inova is a leader in autoimmune diagnostics, delivering highly accurate reagents and efficient automation to labs throughout the world. The combination of state-of-the-art labs and healthy office space for these innovators, just add to the already successful company output.

    With ORANGEWALLstudios’ extensive experience in Lab planning and ID Studios’ expertise in workplace design as well as over 1.5 Million SF of history in this arena combined, it is clear that our approach is what makes us an exceptional choice for companies who care both about their technology solutions as well as their people.

    With this new partnership, ID Studios has now expanded its outreach with additional office locations in Oakland, CA and Portland, OR. ID Studios’ headquarters remains in Solana Beach, CA. We look forward to partnering with more life science companies in the future to create environments that support exciting new innovations in Life Science.

  8. ID Studios, Proud Biocom Member

    With the Life Sciences being a driving force in the San Diego region, ID Studios is excited to be a part of Biocom, “the largest, most experienced leader and advocate for California’s life science sector.”

    We hope that by becoming an active part of this community, we can make better connections, join in education opportunities, share our expertise, and join in activities with others who are similarly focused.

    ID Studios Proud Biocom Member
  9. ID Studios: Best Place to Work 2020

    ID Studios included in this prestigious list

    We’re humbled to be part of the San Diego community’s Top 100 Best Places to Work. This Awards program, sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal, focuses on “outstanding companies whose benefits, policies and practices are among the best in the region.”

    As a small, locally owned business we care about our employees and feel like they’re part of our family. Together, we work tirelessly to support our clients so we can continue to enrich their lives through thoughtful design. We’re committed to adapt to the challenges 2020 brings and come out stronger than ever.

    We are truly proud to be in the company of our colleagues, clients, and industry partners who have also been named one of an Diego’s Best Places to work in 2020. #MillerHull #CWDriver #CoastalPayroll #tk1sc #DempseyConstruction #IgniteVisibility #SundtConstruction #SheppardMullin #MarshMMA #InnovaSystems #TandemDiabetes #SwinertonBuilders #JLL #BalfourBeatty #DPRConstruction

    To read more about the event, please visit the SDBJ Website HERE.

  10. Celebrating 15 Years

    In January 2005 Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway founded ID Studios with a singular mission: Providing quality design services through timeless and enduring design principles. Over the last fifteen years, ID Studios has grown by developing long-lasting relationships through our personalized, dedicated service and we’re proud that this year we’re celebrating 15 years in business.

    We are proud that this personalized service has allowed ID Studios to become recognized as the design firm of choice for many in the San Diego Business Community. The quality of design, commitment to excellence, and end-user personalized focus has borne a host of landmark projects, both for notable clients and the design community at large.

    With sincere appreciation for the dedication of our team, the partnership with our clients, and the support of our industry partners, we look forward to another fifteen years!

    ID Studios is celebrating 15 years in business
    ID Studios Team!