Derek Veren

Associate Principal, Chicago

Formally educated as a sociologist, Derek’s mission is to take the most human-centric approach to the implementation of technology. As our Director of IT Operations, Derek is skilled in navigating complex relationships and assessing workflow needs. He aims to streamline our technology platform while continuing to lead the adoption of new and exciting technologies.

Unable to pass up his passion for technology and architecture, Derek found his way to us and today he enables and optimizes our design process across more than 20 global studios. For Derek, an effective technology platform is agile and puts the user at the center of the ecosystem. He believes success is all about human interactions and a service-based approach.

“It’s not just about injecting new technology, but carefully implementing solutions that both enhance and delight the design process”.
Derek has always been fascinated with how emerging technology can improve lives.

He knows that while the inputs may be technical, the outputs must be human-centric and deliver a good experience. Understanding the unique needs of staff and clients, while providing tailored solutions, is at the core of his mission.


When Derek is not tinkering with tech, he can be found volunteering with the Big Brothers of Chicago program.

Derek's Featured Work

Our Chicago Studio
Chicago, Illinois