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.

Leadership

Ashley McDonald

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Ashley McDonald joined the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) in March 2022 to lead KC Global Design. Ashley has a passion for building awareness for KC as a global leader in design and positioning the region as a top destination for talent. She also helps drive innovation in the industry with collaborative leadership and creates industry depth and strength through business attraction, retention and engagement.

Connect with Ashley McDonald.

Ashley McDonald

CO-CHAIRS

Rich Smith

PRESIDENT-EMERITUS | PRINCIPAL
HENDERSON ENGINEERS | HENDERSON BUILDING SOLUTIONS

Erin Elder

Erin Elder

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
TURNER CONSTRUCTION

BOARD MEMBERS

Andrea Bernica
Black & Veatch 

Jenifer Bertz
The Jezerinac Group

Robin Broder Gibson
Henderson Engineers | Henderson Building Solutions

Jay Currie Campbell
Multistudio

Tim Cowden
Kansas City Area Development Council

Eric Danielson
CRB

Dominique Davison
DRAW 

Perla Diosdado
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Erin Elder
Turner Construction

Kevin Greischar
DLR Group

Jay Guerra
Gibbens Drake Scott, Inc.

Josh Harrold
BNIM

Matthew Hufft
Hufft

Erica Jones
MMC Corp

Cori McClish
BRR Architecture

Stan Meyers
Terracon

Chris Migneron
JE Dunn Construction

Willy Pegues
McCownGordon Construction

Chris Price
HNTB

Peter Sloan
HOK

Rich Smith
Henderson Engineers | Henderson Building Solutions

We offer Member firms alliance, collaboration, innovation, regional marketing, regional talent acquisition and pipelining, collective experience and expertise in the design industry.

Founding Member Firms

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Member Firms

Ash Grove
Bartlett & West
BHC
The Builders' Association
Centric
Clark & Enersen
Emery Sapp & Sons
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GE Johnson
Haren Companies
Hoefer Welker
KBS Constructors
Kissick
Leigh + OKane Logo Red
Mark One
Martin T. Rucker Development
McClure
Mussleman & Hall
NECA/IBEW Power Partners
Olsson
PARIC
Penny's Concrete
PGAV Architects
RS Electric
Ryan Companies
SMACNA
Superior Bowen
Unite Private Networks
Walter P Moore
Whiting-Turner

Community Partners

American Institute of Architects | Kansas City

Civic Council of Greater Kansas City

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Kansas City Area Development Council

Kansas City Design Center

KC Digital Drive

KC Rising

KC Scholars

Keystone Labs

Mid-America Regional Council

NOMA Kansas City

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.

KC Global Design Building Equity

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.

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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