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A Culture for Design

DLR Group is an integrated design firm. For our clients, integrated design delivers global specialization at a local project level. For employee-owners, integrated design provides an array of career opportunities to explore.

Do you want a career in structural engineering, landscape architecture, or high-performance design? Or to join a team working to deliver an arts experience for the visually impaired or hard of hearing? Is your career path design, project management, or leading an office with 80 people?
Explore our Careers page to learn about the design opportunities and career paths available to employee-owners within our integrated design firm.

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Design Voices

In a Career Culture

DLR Group Associate Maral Rahmani, LEED AP
Associate | Mechanical Designer Los Angeles

Maral Rahmani, LEED AP

“DLR Group is a great place to work. We are employee-owned and very transparent. On a project team we all know the design goals, and on the firm-side, we all know the annual financial goals. Every month you see the numbers and you know where we stand. This produces an environment to learn how to be responsible for your own work.”

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Unmatched Range and Depth of Specialized Design Services

  • Architecture

    Within the practice of integrated design, architecture contributes value to the culture, history, and societies we live in and has the power to reshape the world for an inclusive, sustainable future for our communities.

  • Engineering

    Our civil, electrical, mechanical, and structural engineers work as an integrated team with building performance, architecture, interiors, and planning professionals.

  • Interiors

    Enhance your brand, culture, and quality of life by leveraging industry and proprietary research to guide evidence-based design.

  • Planning

    Deliver place-making and resilience through 360-degrees of engagement and data-driven analysis to optimize resources, land use, and partnerships.

  • Acoustical Design

    Through our integrated design model, we provide informed acoustics design decisions and oversight throughout the entire design and construction process.

  • High Performance Design

    Leverage daylighting simulation, energy modeling, mechanical systems simulation, natural ventilation analysis, and thermal comfort studies to quantify performance.

  • Lighting Design

    Accentuate architectural design features and help users thrive in interior and exterior spaces both.

  • Preservation

    Balance respect for an original design with the needs of modern users to preserve and adapt historic structures for contemporary use.

  • Reality Capture

    Gives the perspective to see into the walls of our buildings and operations - and well into their future life cycle.

  • Science + Technology

    Create sustainable laboratory environments that support scientific protocols, foster creativity, enhance safety, and optimize efficiency.

  • Sustainability

    Awareness of a shared future; conservation of water and energy resources; and promotion of productivity, well-being, and health.

  • Theater Design

    Make any performing or presentation space operate flawlessly - from accessible and comfortable seating layouts, to rigging systems, to stage machinery.

DLR Group Associate Logan Pippitt
Acoustician | Associate Kansas City

Logan Pippitt

"I've worked for two firms who practice integrated design. It only works if you believe it works. It takes a culture of people who feel communication and innovation are key to success, and DLR Group has that culture. It's a mindset. With each practice in-house and at the table ready to collaborate, I find myself less siloed in my own design role than many of my peers."

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DLR Group Associate Meegan Bennett
Business Development Leader | Associate Denver

Meegan Bennett

"As employee-owners, we take great pride in our work, and you can see the potential of each project through collaboration between teams. There's a sense that we're all in this together and it shows, both in how we treat each other and how we treat our spaces. We have a truly positive office environment."

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DLR Group Senior Associate Heather Galvin
Information Technology Manager | Senior Associate Cleveland

Heather Galvin

"Our culture is fun, warm, and welcoming. I truly feel valued with DLR Group, and I love what I do every day. As employee-owners, we have a voice and leadership listens to what we have to say. I am never afraid to ask questions or suggestions to anyone in the firm no matter how big or little they may seem."

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Be An Owner

DLR Group is 100% employee-owned with all stock held within an employee stock ownership plan, or an ESOP. Employee-ownership has been part of our corporate structure since 1978, and we have been 100% employee-owned since 2004.

The concept of ownership, and its importance to our culture, cannot be overstated. Ownership is a core value. Driven by opportunity, employee-owners have a financial stake and a voice in where we go and how to get there.

Annually, the first 8% of EBITDA profit is returned to all employees. Ownership in the firm is equitable with no one individual owning more than 4% of the firm, and any employee can purchase shares of the DLR Group ESOP during an annual stock exchange.

See the career opportunities in design available to you.

DLR Group provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, we comply with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. We expressly prohibit any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.



Meet our People

Our sector, discipline, and executive leaders are dispersed to mentor the next generation of employee-owners, counsel clients, and share their design voice in their local communities.

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What We're Saying

Every project and client solution starts with a spark of an idea. Design thinking and problem solving are some of the ways we start to engage a design challenge.

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