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Architecture

Within the practice of integrated design, architecture contributes value to the culture, history, and societies we live in and has the power to reshape the world for an inclusive, sustainable future for our communities.

Design opportunities at DLR Group are defined by you. Have an adventure. Do you want to be the change and transform the built environment through innovation of digital design technologies, pilot and test healthy materials, advance regenerative design to address climate change, or develop focused expertise in mass timber or net-zero energy design? It’s here for you at DLR Group.

Explore our Careers page to learn about the design opportunities and career paths available to employee-owners within our integrated design firm.

Principal Shanghai

Yu Tsai

“Shanghai Long Beach Observation Tower was my first project at DLR Group. It’s going to be a great public building for the citizens of Shanghai with a 120-meter office tower, a 360-key 5 Star hotel, a 180-meter observation tower, a 1,200-seat concert hall, and 9,000 square meters of retail with an aquarium. We say we ‘elevate human experience through design,’ and we worked to do that from the very first sketch.”

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Principal | Senior Design Leader New York

Vanessa Kassabian

"At DLR Group there are amazing opportunities to be part of a culture that is focused on design excellence. Our design culture is nurturing and inclusive. I’ve had the fortune to lead multiple international design competitions and work with colleagues around the world that bring distinct voices and expertise to elevate our design."

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Osama Thompson
Architect | Senior Associate San Francisco

Osma Thompson

"I've become a project manager a lot sooner than my peers, and I attribute that to the team in San Francisco lifting me up. I also run the staff meetings now. I never imagined that I would get to work on an innovative education project, a master planning project, perform construction administration on a transportation project, and be involved in important new business pursuits in the same year."

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Senior Architect | Senior Associate Houston

Paul Kweton, AIA

"Here, everyone’s opinion is valued and helps inform the project development. Local, state, and national office-wide design events perpetually cultivate our integrated design approach, allowing cross-pollination of different expertise to inform our rich design culture."

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Project Architect | Senior Associate Kansas City

Kirby Pennington

"I was given many opportunities to design and learn right out of school, from a hotel in Hawaii to helping pass the largest-ever bond in central Texas. Then, just three years out of school I was given the opportunity to move to Austin, Texas to start up a new office."

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dlr group managing principal and global design leader steve mckay, RIBA, LEED AP
Practice questions? Contact: Steven McKay, Chief Design Officer
LEADERSHIP

Meet our People

Our sector, discipline, and executive leaders are dispersed to mentor the next generation of employee-owners, counsel clients, and share their design voice in their local communities.

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CAREERS

Design Opportunities

The concept of ownership, its importance to our culture, and the immense benefits are rather simple. Driven by opportunity, we make decisions that impact not only our success but also that of our clients and partners.

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