PRACTICE

Who We Are

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.

What We Do

CTE, STEM and STE(A)M facilities are crucial to educating the next generation learner. We design flexible spaces that nurture the collaborative skills students will need for the jobs of tomorrow.

CTE/STEM/STE(A)M

Designing effective learning environments starts not with a sketch but with a comprehensive understanding of students and their needs, far into the future.

Educational Facility Planning

Sustainable design is exponentially powerful. Not only does it protect and preserve our planet, it helps us learn how our environment works and saves us money over time.

Sustainability as a Teaching Tool

Safe and secure learning environments support the whole child—and welcome the whole community. Sensitive, innovative design achieves this delicate balance.

Safety and Security

Nothing replaces a head start in life. Creating an active, engaging environment for early childhood learning sets the groundwork for a rich, playful mix of rewarding activities.

Early Childhood Learning

Our design process is based on the ideas and voices of students, staff, and stakeholders. Their meaningful involvement is the foundation for successful educational spaces.

Community Engagement

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.

For more information please visit ibigroup.com