Chicago-based Ethos Workshop Architects plans 2023 Charlotte expansion

The firm plans to more than double its number of employees with the move.

Chicago-based Ethos Workshop Architects plans 2023 Charlotte expansion

Ethos Workshop Architects, a Chicago-based firm, plans to move into Charlotte by 2023.

Ethos, founded in 2001 by Scott Allman, is a full service design and planning company that provides services to clients across the country. Seven employees work in hybrid offices located in Chicago, Indianapolis and Bradenton. Allman says the time is right to open a brick-and mortar branch in Queen City.

Allman, president of the firm, said that they have a pipeline running from Chicago to Florida which has been very successful for them. "We have been looking for growth opportunities, especially in the past five years. We have clients in Charlotte and this makes it an ideal hub for us."

Allman stated that Nashville, Tennessee was also in contention, but Charlotte won because of its accessibility, potential for growth, and future.

"These two cities are located in the Southeast where we do the majority of our work. They are very similar and have many things in common. "But we felt Charlotte had better potential," said he. "There are ripe opportunities for growth. I don't think other similar metros have the same potential, draw, and activity as Charlotte."

Allman says the firm will move into a new office in about six months. He has consulted with local leaders and professionals to find a neighborhood and building that meets their needs. South End and Dilworth were immediately noticeable submarkets.

"We aren't sure yet where we would like to be, but love the thought of being in or near the CBD. He said it was only a matter time before they nailed that down. Many of the companies with which we have existing relationships are located in this area. It would be an ideal location for us to serve our clients and also attract the talent that we seek.

The initial staff will consist of 3 to 4 members from the leadership team, with the intention to increase the number to 12 employees. Allman stated that this will double the total number of employees at the company.

We have evaluated this area and believe that it will be the future headquarters of the company. "We're not abandoning Chicago but we do believe that the transference could be in Charlotte," said he. When we consider the future, and how to establish an extension of our brand, having a bricks-and-mortar location is very important.