Larry Armstrong Armstrong: “Ware Malcomb is designing some of the first multi-story warehouse facilities in the United States in several major East and West Coast port markets.”

IRVINE, CA—The greatest challenge we see in the collective CRE industry is the ability to change quickly and to adapt to new realities, Ware Malcomb’s CEO Larry Armstrong tells The design firm is celebrating its 45th anniversary, having grown from a local, Irvine, CA-based architectural firm to an international firm spanning 22 offices across North America, and has completed projects for one in five companies listed on the Fortune 100.

Much of the firm’s dramatic growth has occurred under Armstrong’s leadership, so we sat down with him to chat about how commercial real estate design has changed over the last 45 years and what the future holds for Ware Malcomb and the industry.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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