WHO WE ARE
Creating & Building
A Better World
FROM SPORTS TO SOLAR | FROM EARTH TO SKY | FROM WATER INFRASTRUCTURE TO WELLS IN AFRICA
KC Global Design is a collective of design community firms and leaders based in the Kansas City region. With more than 500 architecture, engineering, and construction firms, KC is home to some of the largest and most impactful firms in the building industry. Through a focus on Innovation, Awareness and Talent, KC Global design elevates Kansas City’s collective status as the world champion of design.
KC Global Design exists to elevate KC as the premier design community through our collective efforts and expertise.
We strive to create a robust industry concentration, a sustainable workforce pipeline, and status as a global destination for industry expertise and innovation.
within the Industry
KC Global Design is rich in people and we lead with inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in our community.
Because we have this existing community, we want to be able to make a difference in our industry and provide our people the opportunity to work towards a bigger purpose. We help people understand what’s next in the world and how coming together we
can solve problems.
We have an immense concentration of
firms with access to resources and people.
By uniting our firms we are providing our employees, talent pipeline and partners, an opportunity to be a part of something bigger, to create solutions and innovations beyond the capabilities of our individual firms, and to connect across disciplines to gain new insights. The building industry inherently attracts some of the most passionate, creative, thoughtful, solution-oriented and growth-minded individuals, KC Global Design exists to connect these people to make the world better through design.
Bottom Line, there is
passion in this industry.
Serving Kansas City
KC Global Design was launched in 2019 as an initiative to establish Kansas City as the global destination for talent and innovation in the AEC industry.
KC Global Design is part of the KC Rising program created in 2015 to create a sustainable 20-year-plus vision to accelerate economic growth in the Kansas City region.
We offer Member firms alliance, collaboration, innovation, regional marketing, regional talent acquisition and pipelining, collective experience and expertise in the design industry.
Rich Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Henderson Engineers
Tom O’Grady, President, HNTB
Dominique Davison, Founding Principal, DRAW Architecture
Robin Broder, Chief Marketing Officer, Henderson Engineers
Maria Maffry, Chief Business Development Officer, BNIM
Chris Migneron, Senior Vice President, HNTB
Steve McDowell, President, BNIM
Mary McCann, Talent Acquisition Manager, GBA
Joan Redhair, VP of Human Resources, BRR Architecture
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER HENDERSON ENGINEERS LEADERSHIP CO-CHAIR
PRESIDENT HNTB LEADERSHIP CO-CHAIR
FOUNDING PRINCIPAL DRAW ARCHITECTURE LEADERSHIP CO-CHAIR
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER HENDERSON ENGINEERS AWARENESS CO-CHAIR
CHIEF BD OFFICER BNIM AWARENESS CO-CHAIR
NATIONAL DESIGN DIRECTOR JE DUNN INNOVATION CO-CHAIR
PRESIDENT BNIM INNOVATION CO-CHAIR
TALENT ACQUISITION MANAGER GBA TALENT CO-CHAIR
VP OF HUMAN RESOURCES BRR ARCHITECTURE TALENT CO-CHAIR
The Talent Workgroup creates and implements short and long-term recruitment plans to create a robust, diverse, and sustainable workforce pipeline. Through partnerships with universities and nonprofits focused on industry education, the Talent Workgroup reaches students in schools and universities to share the story of why AEC and why KC.
The Awareness Workgroup establishes KC’s position in the national and international market to attract talent, supplier relocations, and new business for partner firms.
The Innovation Workgroup leverages advances across firms to demonstrate KC’s industry leadership. In 2021 the Innovation Workgroup has four focus areas: Rethinking the Public Realm, Support of the Regional Climate Action Plan, Creating an equitable database of drawings for development & disruption of industry.
DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION, TERRACON
‘‘We do important work – here in Kansas City and around the world. Working here you’re surrounded by innovative thinkers and get to be part of projects that make lasting impacts to the communities we serve.”
Welcome to The Heartland.
This is Kansas City
We have all the connectedness of being a “hometown” with all the benefits of being a major metro. Big without being too big. Small without being too small. Lots of neighborhoods without a lot of traffic. Deep and rich culture where you can get inspired and get involved.