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el dorado is hiring

November 20, 2017

el dorado is hiring! We are looking for a qualified fabrication technician to round out our team of architects, designers, and curators. If you are interested in design excellence, a collaborative office culture, working on award winning projects, and developing strategic connections with local and national projects—we want to hear from you! (more…)

Lone Oaks Farm Master Plan

November 3, 2017

    Lone Oaks Farm is all about the land. With 1,200 acres of pastures, woodlands, meadows, wetlands, streams and lakes, this is a place like no other. It epitomizes rural Tennessee’s natural beauty and exemplifies its fragile and diverse ecological landscape. Through the seamless integration of architecture, landscape architecture, agriculture and ecology, this ambitious master plan charts an actionable path forward to sensitively allow more than 30,000 students to annually visit or camp at the site alongside scores of business professionals, outdoorsmen and enthusiasts. (more…)

3435 Main

October 9, 2017

At first glance, Main Street in Midtown Kansas City might seem a deliriously illegible place. We believe it has all the building blocks of a great urban community, which affirms the complexities, harmonies and contradictions of life in the city. In the span of a few blocks on Main Street, you can find payday loans, self-storage, coin laundry, stumble into a head shop or be ensconced in Italian design at Museo. Burger King will serve you at least five different Whopper varietals, or you can request lean ass on beef for a miraculously simple and perfect sandwich from Gates Bar-B-Q. And, at Oddly Correct, your coffee will arrive too perfect to be graced by milk. Just a few steps away, bands have been rolling through Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club since 1950, which has been called "the last great venue in Kansas City." el dorado’s recently completed 3435 Main embraces these contradictions and resolves them in a building that elegantly dives into the city’s dissonant fray. (more…)

Recap: An Amazing Summer at el dorado

September 29, 2017

Guest blog post by Eldo Prize winner #2 (EP2), Emily Lange, a fifth-year student at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. When I heard that I won the Eldo Prize last spring, it was a no-brainer that I would be moving from Knoxville to Kansas City for the summer. I had never been to KC but had heard great things. My ceramics instructor told me I wouldn’t want to come back. So, while I was happy to return to Knoxville for my final year of architecture studies at the University of Tennessee, Kansas City and el dorado did not let me down. Working at el dorado was my first professional architectural experience. Most interns start out by doing monotonous tasks, and while I had expected that this might be the case for me, I was pleasantly surprised when I was thrown right into the design process. As a firm that pursues architecture at different scales and typologies (more…)

Waldo Duplex

August 22, 2017

In mid-July, the KSU Design+Make Studio completed its single largest and most comprehensive project, The Waldo Duplex, which extends the legacy of design-build projects at Kansas State University. The duplex is located in the heart of the Waldo neighborhood at 7509 Pennsylvania Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The project bridges the Design+Make Studio’s rigorous investigation of the construction process within challenging contexts; and el dorado’s history of design excellence within affordable housing. (more…)