Hollis+Miller Architects


We believe in living a good story.  Not just telling one. 

Our purpose is this: We empower communities through smart and inspiring learning environments that have a rewarding experience and a successful impact for our clients and those they serve.

As the longest continuously practicing architecture firm in the Kansas City area, Hollis + Miller offers master planning, architecture and design; interior design, structural engineering and, architectural environmental graphic design services.  We enjoy working throughout the U.S. with colleges, universities and private development, including theatres. Recently, our K-12 expertise and reputation has taken us into other states such as California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Ohio. We are the go-to firm when it comes to envisioning learning environment designs for universities as well as K-12. Our studio teams are client-centric and multi-disciplinary fostering enhanced collaboration and creativity.  Please see our purpose video in our purpose tab to see our vision of how we’ll unfold this story.  Learn More Here

Are you considering a specific level of sustainability? At Hollis + Miller sustainable design is inseparable from great design. All design decisions are connected to sustainability. There are many quality standards by which to judge the sustainability of a given project and we rely on our process to focus on the actual building performance as it relates to the learning environment, operational budgets, and the impact on future generations. Sustainable design is not one size fits all. The most sustainable solution is one that results in the holistic success of each of our clients and the people they serve. Several of our team members are LEED accredited and our firm designed the first LEED-certified elementary, middle and high schools in Kansas and Missouri from Silver to Gold.   

Industry leadership

Our team is made up of a wide variety of colleagues with unique experiences and backgrounds who listen well. It’s a team that is passionate about creating learning environments that have an impact on communities.  We’re well-versed in smart design and strong delivery and we provide just the right amount of leadership and thoughtful ideas to help our clients make informed decisions.  We study our industry to stay abreast of changes and we study how the brain works so we can view each project as a learning environment for a unique group of people.  Yes, our firm and team members are involved at a national and local levels in the architecture and business community and have received numerous local, regional, national and international awards from peers and leaders in the community.  Our professionals have been honored to speak at educational and architecture forums and we have received recognition from our clients’ industries – the highest honors we think we can ever receive.  Most recently, Hollis + Miller received the CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners) Regional John Shaw Award and the International Project of Distinction Award in 2014 for the Joplin Soaring Heights + East Middle School.   

Our signature cause of choice: Learnscape

Hollis + Miller found the perfect intersection between what our community and clients’ needs and passions are and our unique expertise.  Beginning 2013, Hollis + Miller committed to giving an outdoor learning environment annually to a school. Our Learnscape gifts include:                           

2013: The first inaugural award was given to long-time partner, The Olathe School District - Heritage Elementary 

2014:  The second annual awardee was our long-time school district partner, Blue Springs School District and its Freshmen Center 

Listeners, yes.  Followers, no. 

You can expect our team to offer just the right mix of leadership and guidance to help imagine the project you and your audiences will love.  If you want to talk to us about an idea or a project, please do. And, if you think you might be a great fit for our team, we would love to hear from you, too!