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eldo welcomes new partner, Hesse McGraw

June 22, 2017

el dorado is very pleased to announce the expansion of its leadership structure and, in August, will welcome Hesse McGraw as a partner. Through this newly created role, el dorado is integrating a curatorial and writing practice into the heart of the firm to intensify its work at the intersection of architecture, contemporary art, and cultural impact. Bringing Hesse’s specific curatorial leadership together with our architecture and urban design practice signals el dorado’s collective ambition to invent a practice model that animates our internal creative process and unlocks the ecstatic potential of each project and team. By taking a uniquely curatorial approach to process, el dorado’s new practice model will (more…)

EP2: Emily Lange

June 1, 2017

A few weeks ago we welcomed the second annual eldo Prize winner, Emily Lange, from the University of Tennesee in Knoxville. She's an early riser, prefers her coffee dark with a splash of vanilla and proudly exclaimed her first day in the office that KC BBQ is better than Memphis BBQ. When we asked her what her hobbies and interests were, (more…)

UA Art+Design District

May 19, 2017

In late April, David and Mike Sinclair made their way to Fayetteville to photograph the first phase of the University of Arkansas Art & Design District, a new facility providing state-of-the-art shop and studio spaces for a rapidly expanding art department. The building’s design is a partnership with MODUS Studios in Fayetteville. It was constructed by Nabholz Construction. The first building in the Art & Design District sets a highly functional tone, supporting the essential needs of art faculty and students. The building is durable and flexible, but also (more…)

Design+Make wins big

April 27, 2017

March was a good month at el dorado. We were notified that the 2015-2016 Design+Make Studio project, Preston Outdoor Education Station, won a special mention in the Architizer A+ Awards, as “work that exhibits remarkable achievement and that scored in the top 15% of entrants from 100 countries.” Then, a week later, an A+ Award for Student Work in AZURE Magazine’s AZ Awards, one of 70 finalists chosen from more than 800 entries arriving from 41 countries. Finally, to complete the hat trick, the Preston Outdoor Education Station received an American Architecture Award, given by The Chicago Athenaeum. (more…)

Interstate Flats

April 12, 2017

We recently completed the new Interstate Flats in midtown and Mike Sinclair caught some beautiful photos just before the holidays. Located along Kansas City’s historic Amour Boulevard, the Interstate Flats were home to the Interstate Bakeries Corporation Headquarters from 1952 until it’s relocation to Texas in 2009. In 2013 Chicago-based developer Silliman Group seized the opportunity to extend its community revitalization efforts and purchased the property. To date, more than 28 properties have been renovated and have contributed to the complete revival of the historic boulevard. Unlike any of the other restored properties, all dating from the early 1900s, this building provided a unique opportunity to (more…)