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 & Social
Does the building contribute or reflect the cultural and social fabric of the site? Can we honor the history in some way? Who is the team generating the project? How do we build an integrated team and recognize the many contributors?
Excellence in design, is the design timeless and going to sustain its relevance throughout the years? How will the materials weather?
Efficiency in materials and building performance, can it be regenerative? How self-sustaining can the systems be?
Empathy + Activism
Are we listening to the client and answering their needs/honoring their constraints? Are we acting in the best interest of the client and balancing this with community stakeholders’ input?
…on the surrounding context, at the sidewalk, the space between buildings, and in relation to public spaces. The impact to the inhabitants to the space is equally significant to the design.
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 firms to earn this distinction.