Industry leader, Steve Morton, joins the award-winning architecture and planning firm Forum Studio, expanding the firm’s presence in California with its office on Montgomery Street and deepening the firm’s service offerings to corporate, governmental, and institutional clients. Forum is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clayco, a national design-build firm based in Chicago, Illinois, with over $2 billion in annual revenue.
Morton is a national corporate market leader with significant real estate strategy expertise, guiding high-profile corporate, institutional, and public sector clients through critical advance-planning processes. With over 33 years of experience in real estate strategy and land planning advisory services, clients such as Apple, AbbVie, Citi, Google, ExxonMobil, the City of Long Beach, and Santa Clara University turn to Morton for pre-design consulting services, including real estate development strategy, occupancy planning, workplace strategy, change management, and on-site services.
“We hire the best people and only work with clients who have transformation in mind,” said Bob Clark, CEO of Clayco. “With the addition of Steve Morton, we have expanded our services to support clients throughout the entire transformation process, from strategizing around concepts, to planning, design, and construction, and, ultimately, the delivery of spaces and places that delight and inspire.”
Working collaboratively, Morton helps clients master business changes that affect real estate holdings and workplaces. His unique approach helps clients evaluate ideas and projects that may not exist today, formulating strategies and identifying the critical decisions needed to optimize performance of land-based assets and aligning each with business objectives. Morton builds consensus among key stakeholders, producing advocates to implement the recommended solutions and “own” the strategic plan.
“Our clients aspire to change the world for the better – whether through R&D, medical process discoveries, or cutting-edge technology,” said Morton. “My passion is helping clients master those changes through advance real estate planning, occupancy planning, and workplace strategy.”
Morton’s pre-design consulting also includes portfolio optimization and expert financial analysis on the mechanics of the real estate transformation under consideration. His approach allows clients to understand how the real estate asset(s) will affect the balance sheet and identify where and how real estate can be used efficiently and effectively to enable the entire workforce.
Morton is an expert in public-private partnerships where his collaborative style, financial approach, and ability to envision what does not yet exist is relied upon by all parties to the transaction. He is a frequent speaker at industry forums and served on the faculty for the executive leader’s program for CoreNet, a preeminent real estate industry organization.
About Forum Studio
Forum Studio is an award-winning design firm, offering comprehensive design solutions in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning, and engineering. With clients around the globe, Forum’s vision is to become the firm of the future, utilizing best practices while relentlessly pursuing new innovative thinking, elevating design solutions to maximize value through responsive leadership, and delivering creative visioning and mission-critical expertise.