Gould Evans was founded in 1974 by Robert Gould and David Evans, two former classmates from the University of Kansas School of Architecture who shared a passion for regional architecture and design. They established a general practice firm in Lawrence, Kansas, with strong connections to region and community. From these roots and a driving entrepreneurial spirit, emerged multiple studios in locations across the United States. They were not conceived as branches but as design centers in their own right with the local leadership, flexibility and nimbleness to respond to local opportunities. The original office remains a vibrant studio for young thinkers now working across our practice. Today, the firm is led by eleven principals across our five studios in Lawrence, Kansas City, San Francisco, Phoenix and New Orleans. Our vision celebrates the principles on which we were founded, while creating a new lens for design that is rooted in ideas and meaningful outcomes. It is our “why,” the mission that guides our practice.