DLR Group is an employee-owned integrated design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design.[1] Their brand promise is to elevate the human experience through design.[2] A self-described advocate for sustainable design, the firm was an early adopter of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, and an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment[3] and the China Accord.[4][5][6]

DLR Group
HeadquartersOmaha, Nebraska
Servicesarchitecture, engineering, planning, interior design
Revenue$280 Million (FY 2020)
Number of employees


DLR Group, named for architects Irving Dana, Bill Larson, and engineer Jim Roubal, was founded on April 1, 1966 in Omaha, Nebraska, as Dana Larson Roubal and Associates,[7] after leaving Leo A Daly to start their own firm.[1] The name was changed to DLR Group in 1996.[8]

The company has expanded by acquisition over the decades, including purchases of Lescher & Mahoney of Phoenix in 1974; John Graham and Co. of Seattle, architects behind the Space Needle, in 1986; Newman, Cavendar & Doane of Denver in 2007; KKE Architects of Minneapolis,[1] who were involved in the construction of Mall of America,[9] WWCOT of Los Angeles in 2010; and Sorg Architects of Washington, D.C., in 2015. [1] In the summer of 2021, the company added healthcare focused firms Salus Architecture in Seattle, and Wright McGraw Beyers Architects in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as K12 focused firms BakerNowicki Design Studio in San Diego, California, and Bowie Gridley Architects in Washington, D.C.[10] Currently, the firm has 30 locations across the globe.[11]

In 1978, DLR Group implemented an employee stock ownership program, which resulted in the firm becoming 100% employee owned in 2005.[12]

The firm is currently led by CEO Griff Davenport, FAIA.[13]


DLR follows an integrated design model of design and building delivery.[14] The firm has experience in the development of Civic, Justice, Federal, Healthcare, Higher Education, Hospitality, K-12 Education, Retail, Sports, and Workplace projects.[1] Their services offered include architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, acoustical design, experiential graphic design, high performance design, landscape architecture, lighting design, preservation, reality capture, lab design, sustainability, and theater design.[15]

DLR Group is an organization that focuses on sustainable construction, and adheres to the United States' LEED building design program and was an early adopter of solar hot water, renewable energy creation, and geothermal systems.[1][16]


DLR Group was ranked #1 in ARCHITECT's Top 50 ranking of U.S. design firms in 2012, and has appeared on the list each year since 2010.[17]

2014 AIA COTE Top Ten and LEED Platinum Certification for the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building. [16][18]

2015 AIA Healthcare Design Award for the Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Emergency Department.[19]

2017 American Architecture Award for Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee's Summit, Missouri.[20]

2018 AIA COTE Top Ten for The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery restoration.[21]

2020 American Architecture Award for the Triumph multifamily housing facility.[22]

2021 American Architecture Award for the Portland Building.[23]

2021 American Architecture Award for the Shenzhen Opera House.[24]

Notable ProjectsEdit


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