Wayne McCutcheon and Andrew Kuzyk formed Entro in 1990, from an early passion for architectural spaces, product design and solving engineering problems — thinking in three dimensions rather than two. They created a company focused on wayfinding and signage, and experiential graphics, transforming how people negotiate and interact with spaces. The idea of taking visitors through the ‘entry’ of the building and ‘introducing’ them to a specially cultivated experience of its spaces gave rise to the company name — Entro.
The firm quickly distinguished itself and gained a reputation for quality. Early successes included the Air Canada Centre, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Pearson International Airport which lead to other high-profile projects including the Seattle Public Library with OMA, Marina Bay Sands (Singapore) with Moshe Safdie, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi with Frank Gehry, and the full redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
A desire to place greater emphasis on branding and design led to the merger of Gottschalk+Ash Toronto in 2011. The realization of the merge gave way to a unique positioning and opportunity, in a new category of service called ‘experiential branding,’ helping companies and organizations extend their brands into architectural spaces, reinforcing their value proposition and identities on another level. Clients ranging from TD and Deloitte to Sobeys to the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre turned to the united firm for environmental branding.
In 2018, Entro announced the opening of the New York office and merger with CVEDesign growing the firm to over 55 staff in four offices internationally and strengthening the firm's on-the-ground presence in the United States. CVEDesign reinforces Entro’s portfolio, legacy and commitment to design, from classic to avant garde. Both firms share kindred values—that EGD (Experiential Graphic Design) plays a helpful, meaningful role in people's lives, which is accomplished by working hand-in-hand with clients and collaborators. CVEDesign Founding Principals, Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden joined the Entro leadership team and continue as principals in the New York office.
In 2019, we opened our Australian office based in Sydney, and appointed Principal Jan Ashdown. The opening of the Sydney office is a natural extension of Entro’s growing practice. We believe our design sensibilities and international perspective will resonate in the Australian marketplace and we expect the opening of our Sydney office will allow us to significantly build upon our rich portfolio of work.