How We Work
DRAW is different than other firms. We don’t only work to create excellent designs. We don’t only strive to be net-positive-ready. We don’t only aim to build community. We do all these things collectively. DRAW Architecture + Urban Design is an interdisciplinary architecture and planning firm that creates beautiful, functional, responsive environments for clients and communities.
A WBE, DBE, SLBE, and Certified B Corporation™ firm, DRAW delivers thoughtful, user-driven design that inspires everyday life—drawing people together around beautiful architecture and public spaces. We use our Empathy + Activism approach to accomplish this, tapping into the deep knowledge and experience that each client brings to a project and extracting the latent potential of each site. We believe that meaningful interaction with clients at all stages of a project results in more authentic and inspired places. We listen deeply and act boldly on their behalf. These core drivers translate into projects that challenge convention and incite positive change. We call this collective process Positive Impact Design.
Positive Impact Design Considers:
Cultural + Socio-Economic Factors
We consider the building’s contribution and reflect the site’s historical, cultural, and social fabric. Build an integrated team recognizing the many contributors.
Excellence in design is timeless and sustains its relevance throughout the years.
We strive for self-sustaining, regenerative efficiency in materials and building performance.
Empathy + Activism
We endeavor to listen to the client, answer their needs, honor their constraints, and act in their best interest while balancing community stakeholders’ input.
We consider the surrounding context, at the sidewalk, the inter-building space, and public spaces. The impact on the inhabitants of the space is equally significant.
Full Architectural Services
Land Use Planning
DRAW is proud to be among the almost 4,000 B Corps in 150 industries and 74 countries, redefining business success. B Corps are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™, working toward reduced inequality, lower poverty levels, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose.
DRAW is one of five Kansas City organizations to earn this distinction and the first Kansas City architecture firm.