CORE Design Studio is a design/build studio founded in 1995 by Fiona McGettigan and Alan Krathaus. Our focus is in branding, web design, exhibition and environmental graphic design, as well as public art projects. Many of our projects use a variety of material and media types for our design solutions. Our client base is made up of cultural, non-profit organizations, educational and architectural offices, urban planning groups, restaurants and retail, and a variety of businesses.

Services include: brand strategy • exhibits (masterplanning, design, content development and fabrication) • user interface design • website design and development • publications • signage and wayfinding • environmental graphic design • public art • mobile education units • hand-crafted artist books


312 Bayland Avenue
Houston, TX 77009

Tree of life

Gensler commissioned us to create art and graphics for the new science building at Bellaire High School. The top floor has a long set of windows over classroom gardens. Covering the a length of 125′ we recreated the “Tree of Life” or Darwin’s Phylogenetic Tree tracing the origins of life to present day organisms and homo sapiens. Walking down the hallway, students can chart millions of years back in evolutionary time.