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

Our Focus

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.

Member Firms

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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.

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Building Equity
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.

KC Global Design serves Kansas City

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.

Community Partners

Leadership

CO-CHAIRS

Leadership Co-Chairs
Rich Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Henderson Engineers
Tom O’Grady, President, HNTB
Dominique Davison, Founding Principal, DRAW Architecture

Awareness Co-Chairs
Robin Broder, Chief Marketing Officer, Henderson Engineers
Maria Maffry, Chief Business Development Officer, BNIM  

Innovation Co-Chairs
Chris Migneron, Senior Vice President, HNTB
Steve McDowell, President, BNIM

Talent Co-Chairs
Mary McCann, Talent Acquisition Manager, GBA
Joan Redhair, VP of Human Resources, BRR        Architecture

Rich Smith

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER HENDERSON ENGINEERS  LEADERSHIP CO-CHAIR

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Tom O’Grady

 PRESIDENT                               HNTB                             LEADERSHIP CO-CHAIR

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Dominique Davison

 FOUNDING PRINCIPAL         DRAW ARCHITECTURE   LEADERSHIP CO-CHAIR

Robin Broder

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER HENDERSON ENGINEERS  AWARENESS CO-CHAIR

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 Maria Maffry

 CHIEF BD OFFICER                   BNIM                             AWARENESS CO-CHAIR

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Chris Migneron

NATIONAL DESIGN DIRECTOR    JE DUNN                        INNOVATION CO-CHAIR

Steve McDowell

PRESIDENT                                BNIM                                    INNOVATION CO-CHAIR

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Mary McCann

TALENT ACQUISITION MANAGER  GBA                                          TALENT CO-CHAIR

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 Joan Redhair

 VP OF HUMAN RESOURCES     BRR ARCHITECTURE                     TALENT CO-CHAIR

WORKGROUPS

Talent Workgroup
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.   

Awareness Workgroup
The Awareness Workgroup establishes KC’s position in the national and international market to attract talent, supplier relocations, and new business for partner firms.

Innovation Workgroup
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.

Deana Ruud

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.

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