Our Mission: We connect pedagogy to design.

Our Vision: As a collective practice, we inspire through design. We focus on the learner, engage in our community, and drive design innovation.

DOWA-IBI Group is a full service architectural, planning and interior design firm focused on the design of high-quality educational spaces that support and promote next generation learning practices.

Our History

Founded as Dull Olson Weekes Architects in 1986, the firm is led by principals Bill Conboy, Rebecca Grant, Jim Fitzpatrick, Jeremy Theodore, and Jonathan Steel. They and their staff share a commitment to supporting school districts as communities plan and implement next generation learning environments.

In 2011, Dull Olson Weekes Architects merged with the IBI Group of firms to become Dull Olson Weekes – IBI Group Architects, Inc. (DOWA-IBI Group). The blending of the firms enables DOWA-IBI Group to tap into the educational design resources of offices around the globe. It also brings the stability of a publicly traded company with 63 offices worldwide. Our personalized, local approach to client needs and services remains unchanged.


We believe that properly planned and designed school environments can contribute to student achievement, improve student and teacher health, and strengthen the broader community.


We believe CTE, STEM and STE(A)M facilities are crucial to educating the next generation learner.  We design flexible spaces that nurture the collaborative, interactive skills students will need for future jobs. As the maker generation continues to evolve, it is crucial to incorporate spaces for hands-on learning throughout any facility.


We believe that effective planning for learning environments doesn’t just start with new architecture. It starts with comprehensive, macro-to-micro knowledge of the facilities we have now, what we will need years from now—and an understanding of the people who will be using the places we build far into the future.


We believe that sustainable design is exponentially powerful. Not only does it protect and preserve our planet, it also helps us learn more about how our environment works, saves our natural resources, and saves money far into the future. While many sustainable features are invaluable yet invisible systems, many others can be visual highlights and teaching tools.


We believe that safe and secure learning environments support the whole child—and the whole community. A school is the hub of its community: a home away from home for its students, and a place where all are both welcome and safe. Smart, creative, and innovative design achieves this often delicate balance.


We believe that nothing replaces a head start in life. Creating an active, engaging environment for early childhood learning helps provide the foundation for a rich mix of learning activities, so that children can draw on all their senses, move their bodies, and stretch their minds as far as their imagination will take them.


We believe the planning and design of educational facilities is a user-oriented, participatory process. As designers, we make physical form out of the voices, values, and needs of students, staff, and stakeholders. Only with their ideas and meaningful involvement can we create truly successful, memorable, durable places where all can learn and thrive.

IBI Group

From high-rises to industrial buildings, schools to state-of-the-art hospitals, transit stations to highways, airports to toll systems, bike lanes to parks, IBI Group designs every aspect of truly integrated cities.

IBI Group bridges the gap between design and technology, unlocking new potential in data-driven environments. Defining the cities of tomorrow, IBI believes that cities are built upon intelligent systems, sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure, and the human touch.

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