When H was established in 2000, the defined approach was to create relationships. With this as the mission, H decided that every project revolved around people, and that the people we work with are not just a "client." This has continued to be the approach of hdesigngroup, which has shaped the dynamics both inside and outside of the office.
A client is someone who receives a service. The people hdesigngroup works with are collaborative partners with whom goals, concerns, and ideas are shared—with whom eventually designs are brought to fruition. When working with H, individuals are treated like a valued colleague and friend, not a client.
For those at H, this means a team atmosphere—wherein every voice is heard, and what is best for the project takes precedence over title or role. For collaborative partners, this means dedication, commitment, communication, loyalty and a steadfast desire to envision together.
The result is something beyond the usual designer and client interaction. Together spaces are created where communities can live, learn, work, and play.
hdesigngroup is modest in size, and bold in its actions. The team is small enough to be nimble, yet big enough to deliver on complex projects. Due to this, the group is able to maintain an independent morale—allowing flexibility in responsiveness and innovation, while encouraging autonomous passion, group driven accountability, and the occassional office break to hangout with a co-workers kiddo at the office.
From the moment H takes a project into the spokes, the internal communication of the vision through each process of design is paramount. hdesigngroup's projects have a commonality with our office function in a checks and balances system, mitigating possible missteps in all phases of design and construction.
What's really important about H, is that the team listens and works diligently to discover the soul of a business and its brand, and the building that it should exist within. Each project is awarded to a team that is designed for that project specifically. A principal, project manager, visual designer, and architectural technician become a power source for each project that is collaborated on by H.
For H, design is a collaborative process of exploration. The solutions are not forced, prepackaged or created in a vacuum. Together, the team studies and discovers the full situation and needs of each project.
Following the discovery, hdesigngroup creates a design ideally suited for an individual’s circumstance and aspirations. Throughout the stages of a project, participation is encouraged from everyone on the team and within each project. No matter the title, role, or experience—the opinion matters.
Collaboration is more than just an internal standard, but also something that our team encourages from all players involved in a project. Every idea and insight is valued and sorted through to help reach the most respected decision that will enhance or guide a project.
The work H does is always accomplished with enthusiasm and built to last relationships. hdesigngroup strives to make the designing process enjoyable for everyone involved, whether it be a learning process or an experienced developer or designer. The Group likes to have fun, and believes that doing good work for good people, is just that.
Every building exists within context. Whether it is an office, living quarters, a showroom or bank—every building exists in the context of a place, a purpose, and an environment. hdesigngroup addresses and sustains all three within every project.
Integrating natural efficiency and creating spaces that have minimal impact on the environment is a challenge we embrace. Through green and sustainable design methods our team looks for ways to make each project as minimally invasive as possible—from the plants and trees, to runoff and building materials. Making for a better neighbor, citizen, and steward.
Granted, we don’t design for awards shows—so we’d rather think of this list as recognition for the collective talents of The Group.
2015 SBJ Economic Impact Award
2014 SBJ Economic Impact Award | Top Honors
2013 SBJ Economic Impact Award
2013 SBJ Choice Employer Award
2011 Building of the Year | American Buildings
2009 Firm Finalist Award | Ozarks Green Building Coalition
2008 AIA Citation Award for Design Excellence
2007 SBJ Economic Impact Award
2007 Metal Architecture Design Awards
Relationships are built on undivided attention, trust and collaboration. H envisions spaces that are first invisible, then transforms them into a place where individuals live, work, learn and play. When working with
hdesigngroup, the first foundation built is the relationship—great design follows.
Bidding + negotiation
Building condition audits
The process H has in place is simple and it involves meaningful communication during every stage.
Not all projects walk through the same steps, however open and continual communication is the core of all projects on our board.
We meet, collaborate, brainstorm, agree, design, advise, commit, act on, and celebrate. Making a project successful for all parties involved is why the team and partnerships of H enjoy the work we do.
Embrace agility, think strategically, push the envelope.
Design with experience. Brad’s earned his architecture degree in 2006 and has since made a name for himself in Springfield with diverse projects under his belt. This outdoorsy, Cardinals-fan also volunteers his time at his church’s summer camp each year and tries to find time for traveling to new places—preferably where great architecture will catch his eye.
Purpose and functionality. With his childhood intentions of being an architect being his reality today, Chris has 10+ years of architectural experience. He earned his master’s in 2005 from Nebraska University, and is now collaborating at H. Chris is a sports fan and thrill seeker. On game day he is cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers—on vacation he is heading to the mountains to snowboard.
Creativity means that boredom never sets in. From the initial project concept to completion and there on after, Madeline runs alongside a project all the way through. Building and fostering relationships, and promoting a project for all parties involved is what drives her enthusiasm for architecture and being a part of the team at H.
"Stay hungry, stay foolish," says Thomas. With nearly 20 years of experience in Thomas’ repertoire of drafting and design, he brings a diverse range of skills to be honed in as a Architectural Designer at H. He is creative, tech savvy, and musically inclined—keeping us curious about what is playing through his headphones.
Doing a little bit of everything in order to learn. Shauntae is a 2016 graduate from Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University with a Masters of Architecture, Minor of Fine Arts. Occasionally she dabbles in origami folding and has the patience that pairs with the talent for crocheting.
The smile on the other end of the line. Maggie and Bunker work hand-in-paw on greeting those who walk through the doors at H. However, Maggie will greet you with a smile and a warm welcome, and Bunker might greet you with a tail wag and few kisses. Maggie hails from Kansas, but has been a Springfield resident since 1982. She loves family, friends, fun, Hogs football and Kansas Basketball. Woo Pig Sooie and Rock Chalk!