DLR Group is an integrated design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design from offices coast-to-coast and in China. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. Core market sectors of expertise include Corporate (hospitality, retail/mixed use, workplace), Justice+Civic, Higher Education, K-12 Education, and Sports.
ARCHITECT magazine recognized DLR Group as #1 on its 2012 Top 50 ranking of United Stated design firms. DLR Group has ranked in the top 10 of U.S. firms each year since the ARCHITECT Top 50 list debuted in 2009.
The Kansas office is located in Overland Park. Kansas leadership includes senior principals Jim French, AIA, who leads DLR Group’s national K-12 practice from the Overland Park office; Andy Anderson, AIA who leads firm operations in the 14 state Southeast Region; and John Fuller, chief marketing officer for DLR Group nationally.
The firm is recognized as the national leader in K-12 education planning and design. DLR Group is the only architecture firm to receive the Council for Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) James D. MacConnell Award two years in a row. The MacConnell Award is the most prestigious award in K-12 education design. It recognizes a comprehensive planning process that results in educational facilities that serve the community and enhance the educational program. CEFPI recognized Joplin (Mo.) Interim High School (designed in Overland Park) with the 2012 MacConnell Award. In 2011, our design for Marysville (Wash.) Getchell Campus received the MacConnell Award. Joplin Interim High School also received three AIA awards including an Award of Merit from the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education.
Recent corporate and hospitality project wins include the headquarters renovation work for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas; renovations to the Hyatt Atlanta; and a new hotel and conference center in Denver for Corporex. DLR Group also continues to work with higher education clients to design both academic and athletic facilities. Our work includes the new Johnson County Community College Hospitality and Culinary Academy in Overland Park, Kan.; the new football stadium for the University of Houston in Texas; and the new Pinnacle Bank Arena for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.
DLR Group is an advocate of Architecture 2030 nationally and in our local communities. We were an early adopter of the 2030 Challenge and an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment.
We view renewable energy systems as the next frontier for design. DLR Group’s approach to energy design is to make energy conservation the focal point of the design, not a bolt on to the design. Renewable design must be pushed beyond panels on a roof. Our solar arrays at NFL stadiums for the Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Giants and Jets, and San Francisco 49ers provide design elements to enhance the fans’ game day experience and function as tangibles examples of the viability of renewable systems in each community.