Design that
Enriches Communities

Every one of our projects reflects our core values of community engagement and public stewardship. We design facilities that make cities, states, and counties operate better and more efficiently, while involving stakeholders early and often, and respecting the taxpayer's public trust. Whether completing a renovation, new construction, preservation, or adaptive reuse, we deliver timeless designs that are innovative, secure, responsive, and age with grace.

In 2011, there were about $42.3 billion in direct expenditures by local fire protection.

In 2011, more than $11.4 billion was invested in public libraries.

Civic Leadership

Cindy A. McCleary

Cindy A. McCleary, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Vice President

Managing Principal


An expert in visioning and consensus building, Cindy has focused her 20-year career on building an adeptness for guiding and facilitating special interest groups, public sector clients and multiple stakeholders to realize strategically driven results. Her experience as a programmer and planner has earned her a reputation for advanced thinking and strategically-driven design processes.

As leader of our Minneapolis studio, Cindy is dedicated to finding new ways to collaborate and empower underrepresented voices, which she believes is key to exceptional design.

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Chris M. Rupert

Chris M. Rupert, AICP, LEED AP

Senior Associate

Director of Planning


With more than 15 years of experience planning and designing projects for healthcare, education and government, Chris has helped many of our clients realize their project visions. She has planned projects of all sizes, including medical clinics, libraries and law-enforcement complexes. She frequently works with regional and federal agencies, national guard units and universities, and her work includes the St. Joseph Recreation Center and the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Addition and Renovation.

From small feasibility studies to complete master plans for 10,000+ acres, Chris enjoys the process of drawing out a client’s vision for the future and collaborating to create a roadmap to make their vision a reality. She brings an inquisitive approach to every interaction, as well as good humor and her signature laugh.

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