We Call it Genuine Ingenuity

Our culture is the cornerstone of who we are as a firm, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. We are united by our Core Purpose—to plan, design and consult to create healthy and thriving communities, and we actively seek innovative solutions for life’s essential infrastructure and institutions. At the heart of all we do, we uphold our brand promise of Genuine Ingenuity through care for our people, our clients, and the places we call home.

Core Purpose

We plan, design and consult to create healthy and thriving communities.

Building Communities From Within

We believe in fostering a culture of collaboration because we know that, when we work together, we can have a lasting, positive impact on  our communities. This focus is intrinsic to our overarching purpose of creating healthy communities—both within our organization and beyond.

We recognize that diversity, equity, including and belonging (DEIB) is imperative to the long-term health of our organization, but we also know DEIB is about more than policies and procedures—it’s about creating a culture where every employee feels valued and connected, knows they belong, and has the opportunity to thrive.

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We’re passionate about what we do, and we seek to deliver our best to our clients, our communities and our employees.


We hold ourselves to high ethical standards—not simply because it’s good business, but because it’s the right thing to do.


We believe that each person and each community has intrinsic value, which guides how we treat one another and how we work with those around us.


We foster a spirit of collaboration across our firm—with each other, with our clients, and with partners to support causes that contribute to community vitality.

Giving Back Through the Batey Gresham Philanthropic Program

We hold the well-being of the communities in which we live, work and play near and dear to our hearts. In 2023, we launched the Batey Gresham Philanthropic Program to honor the memory of Batey Gresham, one of our firm’s two founding partners. Batey believed that supporting our employees and communities was vitally important, which is why every year we support more than 100 national and local charitable and civic organizations through donations and volunteer efforts, and many of our employees are involved in a variety of activities at a personal level too—from sitting on boards to donating their time and money.

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I believe that we all spend too much time at work to not love what you do, who you are working with, and where you do it. Rodney Chester CEO & Board Chair

Transforming Information into Insights

As the design industry evolves, our focus on innovation is taking a technology-driven approach to develop novel, high-value solutions for our clients. We are seeing exciting opportunities emerge from our Studio-X incubator, and we are developing key strategic partnerships that will serve to further our innovation initiatives.

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Measuring our Impact on People and the Planet

Our approach to ESG provides a cohesive framework for measuring and communicating our impact as an organization—particularly as it applies to our people; our clients; our suppliers, vendors and consultants; the communities we serve; and the world at large. Environmental considerations take into account how we perform as stewards of our planet; social criteria encompass our relationship with and impact on employees, suppliers, clients and communities; while governance focuses on, among other aspects, our leadership, succession planning, internal controls and the delivery of our practice.

Explore Our ESG Framework