DLR Group's brand promise is to elevate the human experience through design. Founded as an architecture and engineering firm in 1966, today we serve clients through integrated delivery of planning, architecture, engineering, interiors, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Our core areas of expertise are organized around Civic, Courts, Detention, Energy Services, Healthcare, Higher Education, Hospitality, K-12 Education, Museum, Performing Arts, Retail/Mixed-Use, Sports, and Workplace design. These design services and our sector expertise are available in every DLR Group location.

Our practice for corporate and commercial clients entails three focus areas: Hospitality, Retail/Mixed-Use, and Workplace. We are a design partner with Boeing, CA Technologies, General Growth Properties, Google, Hyatt, Marriott, Simon Malls, Starbucks and other best in class brands to elevate a guest experience, increase sales, and enhance workplace satisfaction and productivity.

DLR Group K-12 Studio is the leading education design practice in the world. Grounded in research, we believe a 21st century school fully integrates curriculum with technology. The outcome is passionate, self-learners who use problem-solving skills to transform school into a collaborative working environment. The Association for Learning Environments recognized the design of Marysville (Wash.) Getchell High School and Joplin (Mo.) Interim High School with the James D. MacConnell Award for the outstanding planning of education facilities. DLR Group is the only firm to win the MacConnell Award in consecutive years. 

Launched with the addition of Westlake Reed Leskosky in 2016, the expertise of the DLR Group Performing Arts Studio spans multiple artistic disciplines including music, theatre, dance and the visual and media arts. The users of our projects include educational institutions, community-based arts groups, museums, and professional artists. Specific projects types include new theaters, black box spaces, conservatories, recital halls, historic theater restorations and adaptive re-use projects as well as media-related projects involving film, TV and radio production.

Colleges and universities across the country benefit from our integrated facility design, development, and management expertise. DLR Group collaborates with clients to design solutions that support organizational strategy, objectives, and values. Our Higher Education experts work as a trusted partner to public colleges and universities and private institutions on campuses across the nation providing master planning, allied health, and residence hall expertise.

DLR Group’s Justice+Civic practice is recognized for award-winning courthouse and correctional design for local, state, and federal clients. In no other market type is our promise to elevate the human experience more vital than in the design of modern, humane correctional facilities. Our designers deliver flexible civic buildings, public safety complexes, and correction facilities to meet the unique needs of inmates and staff in local communities.

The DLR Group Sports Studio aims to support clients on a Quest for Championships. Our Sports design elevates the fan and student-athlete experience on campuses across the nation including Louisiana State University, University of Nebraska, University of Texas, and University of Southern California, and for owners of professional franchises across the country.

DLR Group fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 and the China Accord. We believe sustainability is best judged by disciplined, systematic evaluation of high performance building metrics (energy, air quality, daylighting, water, maintenance costs, wellness, productivity, etc.) to measure the effectiveness of design and not just by plaques on a wall.