Appelquist-Architects is an architecture and interior design firm created based on the belief that architecture is a means for spatial and social transformation on a variety of scales, from planning to refined detail and craftsmanship. We believe that architecture is derived from social context and cultural circumstance which tells the story of its users and defines the setting of rituals. With offices in New York and Stockholm, fundamental principles of the practice stem from enthusiasm for issues of place and identity.
Current work spans the concept to implementation phases of retail, hospitality, residential and commercial services, in scales ranging from master planning to product design.
Prior to establishing Appelquist-Architects, Claes began his studies at Parsons in New York and earned his Masters from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He continued on to gain experience at renowned firms such as Joel Sanders, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Tony Chi & Associates, where he was lead designer and associate. His experience also includes the roll of founding principal at RAFT Architects.
Completed works include: Morgan Stanley, BBVA, JP Morgan, The James Hotel in New York and Miami, W Hotels, The four Seasons Hotel and Resort in Mexico City and Bahrain, Waldorf Astoria, Jumeirah Hotel Group in Kuwait, Grand Hyatt Gurgaon and Vesture Luxury.
Claes has won numerous awards and acknowledgements such as: SOM Foundation Travel Fellowship, improvements to the Chicago Inland Steel Building, which led it to achieve National Historic Landmark status as well as becoming the first commercial interiors in the United States to gain triple LEED Platinum certification. Awards also include the Progressive Architecture Award, the International Industrial and Graphic Design Award: Good Design, Hardware, as well as Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year: Designer’s Choice, Hardware