el dorado, inc is cross-disciplinary design studio founded in 1996 in Kansas City, Mo., that specializes in architecture, public art, urban planning and infrastructural enhancements. The practice is comprised of architects, artists and industrial designers, and leverages a “hands-on” approach to projects through an in-house fabrication shop. At the core of el dorado is a collaborative approach tha...t effectively engages clients, stakeholders, municipalities, artists, consultants and builders.
The work of el dorado has been recognized with more than 30 national and regional AIA design awards, and has been published nationally and internationally. In 2016, el dorado was ranked as the #11 design firm in the United States by the 2016 Architect 50 Survey. Other notable honors include: a 2016 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Design-Build Award; being named “Firm of the Year” in 2009 by the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; being named a 2008 Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York, identifying the firm as one of eight top emerging practices in North America; and inclusion in Curbed’s 2015 inaugural class of Groundbreakers which recognized architects, “making cutting edge work that’s changing the way the built world functions.”