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coG studio creates spaces in
which to live, learn, and play.
Our difference: thoughtful design for a lifespan of play. Play is vital at any stage of life: childhood, adulthood, and parenthood. As a Design Firm, our mission is to satisfy the human need to play while solving the problems in both public and private spaces.
coG Studio is building differently: with a design philosophy best expressed through the words of Digby Wolfe:
Here's to the kids who are different,
The kids with the mischievous streak,
For when they have grown, as history's shown,
It's their difference that makes them unique.
Through building differently, we not only focus on the end product, we value the means to the end. Our process is our play. We engage in research, active listening, and imagining the extraordinary, to deliver a value beyond just a space.
“Our work with coG took us out of our comfort zone and allowed us to dream – both staff and our clients. We knew there was a creative and visionary perspective missing from our long-term planning, and coG facilitated an effective process that took us to unexpected and inspiring places!"
Ann Kalass, Chief Executive Officer, Starfish Family Services
“Chandra and the team at coG were incredible to work with. Not only did they produce a beautiful design, but they performed under pressure in an exceptionally limited time frame. coG met each of the many challenges that were inherited with this space with creativity and versatility."
Dave Cowan, Midtown Detroit Inc.
“Once in a while life brings forth people who go above and beyond for the sake of Detroit’s Children. We have found that in coG Studio.”
Brooke Franklin, Detroit Regional Chamber
"The overall experience with coG Studio was very positive. I found the service to be professional, productive, and ultimately successful. I really appreciate the efforts of the coG team and plan to work with coG in the near future."
Willie Bell, President, Plymouth Housing Board
“There are no coincidences in life. Meeting Chandra was a gift. She is the perfect fit for DEPSA! We love coG!”
Nancy Garvin, Director, Detroit Edison Public School Academy
“The creative experience with coG Studio has been exhilarating and has engaged all of the players during the entire process. ”
Beverly Silk, President, Saperstein Associates
86% of young adults 24-34 live on their own
36% of children 0-5 are read to every day
Playful adults average a 12% longer life than their less playful peers
coG studio is currently active in more than a dozen major US cities, including Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, and Philadelphia.
Holding Down The Fort
Chandra Moore - Director of Design
Chandra Moore is the director and founder of coG-studio LLC. She grew up in California where she began her experience working in Architecture firms when she was a student in high school. This experience provided the foundation for her working in established firms around the world She received her Bachelors and Masters of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1999, with a focus in Digital Visualization This degree cumulated in a design thesis that focused on the meaning and the mechanics of Youth and their environment. In addition to analyzing Urban Communities like Detroit, Chandra was given the opportunity to practice in the United States and abroad including China, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tennessee, Washington DC, Minneapolis, and San Francisco where she worked in joint venture with Architecture firm Renzo Piano and Partners.
Her professional experience ranges from Conceptual Design to Construction Administration. These experiences gave her the opportunity to design a 34,000 square foot Therapeutic Wellness Center for The Saben Center in Los Angeles, design the St Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis Tennessee, and provide both design and construction administration services for Detroit's Riverwalk Pavilions. As the Design Principal at coG-studio, she has the opportunity to work on unique projects for working families and creating healthy environments for young professionals, while showing companies how unique spaces can Improve their return on investment. coG-studio is currently designing multi-family real estate with large developers across the country.
Kate Knight - Community & Interior Design Principal
Michigan native Kate Knight's passion for placemaking and desire to design for youth led her to collaborate with Chandra Moore at coG-studio, beginning in 2012. Her background includes a BA in Interior Design from Michigan State University and a Master of Urban Planning from Wayne State University, with a specialization in Community Development. Kate's career began in Atlanta, developing facility design for the 1996 Olympic Games. Since then, she has collaborated on many interdisciplinary projects around the country ranging from housing and community development to wayfinding and public art installation.
Alisha Ross - Business Administrator
Alisha Ross is the Business Administrator at coG-Studio. She cultivated her early leadership techniques during high school, and embraced her community involvement through a cheer coaching opportunity. Alisha then continued her education obtaining her Associates Degree in Business from St. Clair Community College, and subsequently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from Oakland University. She then relocated to Cleveland, Ohio to accept a position at Quicken Loans, working in Human Resources.
Her Professional experience includes Accounting, Customer Service, Human Resources, Recruiting, and Relationship Building. Alisha has worked in the Mortgage, Property Management, Education and Automotive industries. These diverse experiences have developed Alisha's business leadership skills to benefit cog-Studio LLC.