DLR Group

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DLR Group
Industry Architecture, Engineering
Founded 1966
Products architecture, engineering, planning, interior design
Revenue $116 million (FY 2012)
Number of employees
Website www.dlrgroup.com

DLR Group is an architectural design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design to clients throughout the United States. The firm's focus is corporate (mixed-use, hospitality, and workplace), higher education, K-12 education, justice (courts, civic spaces, and detention), and sports design.

In September 2012, Architect magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects, ranked DLR Group as the #1 firm in the United States in its annual ARCHITECT 50 ranking of U.S. firms. The ARCHITECT 50 list is compiled by weighting three key components of practice: design excellence and pro bono, sustainability, and business. DLR Group has ranked in the top 10 of U.S. firms each year since the ARCHITECT 50 debuted in 2009.[1]

DLR Group was founded in Omaha, Nebraska in 1966 as Dana Larson and Roubal and Associates. The founders were Irv Dana and Bill Larson, both architects, and engineer Jim Roubal.[2] The firm has 19 offices in the United States and an office in Shanghai, China. Its home office is in Omaha.

In February 2010, DLR Group merged Southern California-based design firm WWCOT into the firm. The transaction added DLR Group office locations in Los Angeles and Riverside, and the office in Shanghai.[3] In July 2010, DLR Group announced the acquisition of Minneapolis-based design firm KKE Architects. KKE offices in Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Tucson, and Pasadena, Calif., were merged into DLR Group.[4]

In its January 2012 rankings, United Kingdom based BD World Architecture ranked DLR Group's Education practice #1 in the world, its Criminal Justice practice #2, its Sports Stadia practice #4, and DLR Group Engineering #7 in the world.[5] DLR Group also ranks as the 26th largest firm in America by revenue according to Architectural Record.[6]

DLR Group is a member firm of Architecture 2030 and supports the 2030 Challenge. The firm also is a signatory of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030Commitment.[7]

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