Expanding Opportunities for Collaboration: MIG, Inc., and The Portico Group Join!

SEATTLE, WA, January 9, 2017—MIG, Inc., a Berkeley-based, multidisciplinary planning and design firm and Seattle-based The Portico Group (Portico) have joined forces.

MIG brings an extensive and progressive practice in landscape architecture, urban planning and design, environmental planning, civil engineering, communications, technology and community engagement. Portico expands MIG’s capacity in architecture, landscape architecture, and exhibit and interpretive design for museums, zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums. 

In welcoming Portico to the MIG family, Daniel Iacofano Ph.D., FAICP, FASLA, MIG’s Founding Principal and CEO said, 

“Portico fits right in with our community and culture. During our partnerships on many successful projects over the years, we realized that our firms have great people who share the same passion for collaboration, an inclusive approach to planning and design, and hands-on personal service—with a focus on providing the best solutions for clients.” 

Alissa Rupp, AIA, Portico’s president and CEO continued: 

“Portico shares MIG’s passion for collaboration and innovation. We believe our clients change the world for the better every day, and we are honored to assist each of them as they fulfill their mission and implement their vision. Our complementary portfolios reinforce our place-based approach to design –we both seek to strengthen communities and help our clients thrive and excel.” 

MIG brings a strong West Coast presence with offices from Seattle to San Diego, as well as Denver, San Antonio and New York. From the MIG | Portico office in downtown Seattle, the staff of architects, landscape architects and exhibit designers will continue serving clients in the public realm, working closely with MIG colleagues in Seattle and across the country.

Iacofano concluded: 
“Our world and society are changing rapidly and profoundly. To tackle the challenges, MIG has assembled a team of nimble thinkers and insightful leaders whose defining philosophy is optimism. We’re exploring and expanding the boundaries of environmental design, bringing the science of ecosystems and human behavior together to solve pressing problems. We are excited and fortunate to have Portico’s very talented group of design professionals as part of MIG, and we will continue our joint legacy of award-winning work.”

About MIG, Inc.
Since it was founded in 1982, MIG has focused on planning, designing and sustaining environments that support human development. The company embraces inclusivity and encourages community and stakeholder participation in all of its projects. For each endeavor — in planning, design, management, communications, science or technology — MIG’s approach is strategic, context-driven and holistic, addressing social, political, economic and physical factors to ensure communities achieve the results they want.

About The Portico Group
The Portico Group specializes in the design of spaces for conservation, research, interpretation and informal education. With professional staff including architects, landscape architects, exhibit designers and interpretive planners, they work with clients who create opportunities to connect people to nature and culture in meaningful ways. Founded in 1984, Portico provides master planning, programming and design for museums, zoos, aquariums, cultural centers, parks and botanical gardens around the world. 

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Quick Facts

MIG, Inc., and The Portico Group (Portico) joined forces in January 2017 to form MIG | Portico.

The two design firms, each with 30 years of experience, have partnered on many successful projects over the years and share the same passion for collaborative planning and design to create inclusive play and learning experiences for children, youth and families. 

MIG has a strong and progressive practice in urban planning and design, environmental planning and science, civil engineering, landscape architecture, communications, technology and community engagement. 

Portico provides master planning, programming, design and construction observation for museums, zoos, aquariums, cultural centers, parks and botanical gardens around the world. 

About a year ago, SvR Design—a landscape architecture, applied ecology and civil engineering firm—joined MIG to form MIG | SvR and establish MIG’s first Seattle office.

MIG | Portico will maintain its current Seattle office while collaborating closely with MIG colleagues in Seattle and across the country.