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a few new eldos

August 6, 2015

Pictured above, clockwise from lower left: John Renner, Matt Barnett, Mark Horne and Lauren Harness. In the last few months we've added some new eldos to our team. Lauren Harness and Mark Horne joined us in June and John Renner and Matt Barnett quickly followed in July. All four join us as designers with Mark taking on the role of project architect. We've had a busy year so far and we're excited to have them aboard! (more...)

30 Years of Emerging Voices

July 23, 2015

In 2008 el dorado was one of eight firms recognized by the Architectural League of New York with an Emerging Voice award. Other laureates that year included Belzberg Architects, Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Moorhead & Moorhead, MOS Architects, Onion Flats, Stoss Landscape Urbanism and WorkAC. We were thrilled to be part of this storied program which resulted in presentations in Washington D.C. and New York. We’re thrilled once more to be part of a new publication titled “Thirty Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form and Resonance.” Here’s how Princeton Architectural Press describes the book: The prestigious Emerging Voices award was created in 1982 by The Architectural League of New York to showcase the work of early- to mid-career North American architects. Each year, through an invited competition, a jury selects practitioners or firms with a significant body of realized work that represents the best of its kind and has the potential to shape the future of architecture and landscape design. Thirty Years of Emerging Voices documents (more...)


July 13, 2015

Earlier this year, el dorado, along with lead artist sans façon, landscape architect Coen+Partners, civil and landscape engineer Bartlett & West, local historian Dennis Domer, and local plant botanist Kelley Kindscher was selected for as the design team to undertake major street infrastructure improvement in Lawrence, Kansas. The project, East Ninth, celebrates East 9th Street as a central vein connecting the East Lawrence neighborhood, the Warehouse Arts District and downtown Lawrence. The goal of the project is to improve the infrastructure of the street, introduce multi-modal transportation strategies, and with an ArtPlace grant awarded to the Lawrence Arts Center, to also include integrated public artworks. The latter provides opportunities for significant involvement and influence from artists as well as input and ideas from local community members. (more...)

Leawood Office Building

June 10, 2015

We recently completed an 18,000 square foot, two-story office building in Leawood, Kansas, where we acted as both architect and general contractor. The building now serves as home to iModules, a company that provides constituent engagement management for educational institutions. Some of their clients include Emerson College, Knox College, Occidental College and the Naval Postgraduate School. (more...)

UARK – Under Construction


May 28, 2015

Steve and David sauntered down south last week to check in on progress with the new 33,000 square foot facility for the Art Department at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. We designed the building with our friends at MODUS and the experience has been a delight. The facility is phase one of an envisioned Art & Design District, located near the Department of Architecture’s DesignFab Lab and adjacent to the new Tsa La Gi trail that connects to an expansive 38-mile system running throughout NW Arkansas. (more...)