Top Architects Mike Wilkins from Callison_Neiman Marcus
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Top Architects | Mike Wilkins from Callison

Home | Introduction | Biography | Background & Realizations | The Most Iconic Project | Interesting Facts about Callison | All creators together | Inspirational quotes by Mike Wilkins | Awards | Top Projects Gallery


Mike Wilkins AIA a Callison’s top architect and principal at Texas – USA, and at this company they don’t just make buildings, Callison create brands and places, big and small, that people seek out and remember, that define and sustain the communities and businesses and that respect the earth. Today and tomorrow, wherever they work, with whomever they partner, they bring passion, curiosity and integrity, things Callison always stood for. The company was founded in 1975 has over 1.000 employees and 11 offices.



Mike’s total approach to store design incorporates his considerable skills in the disciplines of architecture, color and materials, lighting design and merchandise presentation. He continually challenges himself and others to bring new thinking to clients competing in an overpopulated retail world. From the David Jones store in Adelaide, Australia to Almacenes Paris in Santiago, Chile and Neiman Marcus in Austin, Texas, Mike has helped create award-winning stores for successful clients worldwide. Mike was formerly Sr. Vice President, Creative Director for RYA Design Consultancy.


Background & Realizations

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Neiman Marcus

The renovation and expansion of the flagship in San Francisco’s famous Union Square completely changes the character of the store. A 50,000 sf addition to the existing building creates opportunities for growth on each of its six levels, enhancing the already strong designer apparel and fashion accessories businesses and establishing a new level of luxury for its customer service amenities. In sharp contrast to the landmark-status of the Rococo-inspired Rotunda, which anchors the corner opposite of Union Square.

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Neiman Marcus Topanga

Merging “California cool” with “modern lux”, Neiman Marcus Topanga recognizes the unique character of the region in ways that complement the modernist esthetic that defines the current generation of stores. A poolside tableau typical of the area inspired the cool, icy blue color linking the store’s various worlds. This connection to the landscape is strengthened by lighting and ceiling architecture inspired by the Modernist artist James Terrell, whose “sky space” installations blur the line between earth and sky.

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Parkson Kuala Lumpur, Darwish Holdings

Located in the open air center La Isla Shopping Village, Palacio de Hierro’s Cancun store evokes the feeling of an authentic, high-end Mexican beach house. Nearly 20,000 sf smaller than the average Palacio de Hierro store, this format is a direct response to its resort surroundings with an edited merchandise mix to support a more high-end consumer. The palette features materials indigenous to Mexico including the use of reclaimed coconut shells and other natural woods.

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Almacenes Paris

One of South America’s oldest and largest retailers, Almacenes Paris wanted to update the environment of its new stores to further solidify and attract the emerging younger customer in Latin America. The result is a total reinvention that is original in every way – from merchandising techniques to interior architecture and lighting, and innovative use of color and materials. With its edgy, bold, strong point-of-view, its environment communicates the modern, trend-savvy look.


The Most Iconic Project

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51 East

Drawing inspiration from the cultural heritage of Qatar and combining it with the modernity of the west gives 51 East a look and feel befitting its location and brand. Antique and vintage pieces along with contemporary Gulf-Regional art were collected from throughout the region and strategically placed in the store providing a regional context to the international fashion offering. The juxtaposition of the cultural combinations also gives equal prominence to two opposing merchandise categories, fashion and electronics, in the newly branded Modern home department store.

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Interesting Facts about Callison

UN-Habitat, the United Nations Program for Human Settlements and Callison – ARCADIS have a partnership, Shelter, aimed at a common goal: to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. ARCADIS commits employees, expertise and skills to help bring the UN-Habitat mission forward.

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All creators together

The Paul Miller Porsche project replaces an existing 8,000 square foot facility with a new 28,000 square foot ground-up sales and service facility. The building will support a higher volume of sales for the top-ten ranked Porsche dealership. The design implements the Gen4 Porsche Design Guidelines and includes technology upgrades such as E hybrid charging stations. Added customer comfort features include a large customer lounge and an indoor service drive.

Paul Miller Porsche  (New Jersey)

Paul Miller Porsche  (New Jersey)

Paul Miller Porsche  (New Jersey)

Paul Miller Porsche  (New Jersey)

Paul Miller Porsche  (New Jersey)

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Inspirational quotes by Mike Wilkins

Based in Dallas, I design and build many top luxury shopping experiences for cultures all over the world.



A.R.E. Design Awards

Hardline Specialty Store 3,000–7,500 sf

Dhamani 1969
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Hardline Specialty Store 7,501–25,000 sf

In-Store Communications

Watches of Switzerland Regent Street
London, England


Design Leaders
Top 20 Retail Firms – Ranked #2

40 Under 40: Mitch Pride

ENR California

Top 20 Under 40: Amber Richane


VIVA Best-of-the-Best Award

Dhamani 1969
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IDA International Design Awards

Interior Design – Commercial

Dhamani 1969
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Interior Design Renovation

JW Marriott Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico

Interior Design Magazine Top 100 Giants

Retail – Ranked #1

Overall – Ranked #8

Puget Sound Business Journal

Top Architecture Firms – Ranked #1


International Store Design Competition FIRST PLACE Hard Line Specialty Stores

Watches of Switzerland Regent Street
London, England

International Store Design Competition AWARD OF MERIT Soft Line Specialty Store

Dhamani 1969
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Commercial Real Estate Award 
Westlake Plaza and Center Los Angeles, CA

VMSD Designer Dozen

Leslie Ann Chiu
Jeany Kim




Top Projects Gallery

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