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WE EMPOWER OUR TEAM, OUR CLIENTS AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH REWARDING EXPERIENCES AND INSPIRING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

WE EMPOWER OUR TEAM, OUR CLIENTS AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH REWARDING EXPERIENCES AND INSPIRING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

ABOUT HOLLIS + MILLER

The fires of creativity and innovation don’t light themselves. It’s a single spark – one simple idea – that can shape a young mind, that inspires learning that goes beyond the classroom. You have a vision for education, and we see it, too. We’ll provide the leadership and the roadmap to bring that vision to life.

Founded in 1950, Hollis + Miller is an integrated architecture firm that’s not only fluent in the language of education but designs the future of learning environments. Public, private, K-12 and higher education, we serve as an extension of your team as we create custom, research-backed designs and solutions—delivered on schedule and on budget, and with the same personal passion you bring to the classroom every day.

We’re listeners and collaborators, team-builders and project managers—working to elevate not only the school but the community as a whole. As educators, you nurture new ideas and ignite that spark in students every day; as designers, we’ll work with you to build the ideal space for that spark to grow.

ABOUT HOLLIS + MILLER
The fires of creativity and innovation don’t light themselves. It’s a single spark – one simple idea – that can shape a young mind, that inspires learning that goes beyond the classroom. You have a vision for education, and we see it, too. We’ll provide the leadership and the roadmap to bring that vision to life.

Founded in 1950, Hollis + Miller is an integrated architecture firm that’s not only fluent in the language of education but designs the future of learning environments. Public, private, K-12 and higher education, we serve as an extension of your team as we create custom, research-backed designs and solutions—delivered on schedule and on budget, and with the same personal passion you bring to the classroom every day.

We’re listeners and collaborators, team-builders and project managers—working to elevate not only the school but the community as a whole. As educators, you nurture new ideas and ignite that spark in students every day; as designers, we’ll work with you to build the ideal space for that spark to grow.

WE EMPOWER OUR TEAM, OUR CLIENTS AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH REWARDING EXPERIENCES AND INSPIRING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS.

ABOUT HOLLIS + MILLER
Hollis + Miller Architects is an integrated architectural firm focused on designing the future of learning environments. One hundred team members represent values the firm has held for nearly 70 years.

Every individual is committed to providing inspiring environments for life-long learners and cultivating their reputation for delivering creative, research-based design and empowering communities to shape their futures.

we empower our team, our clients and communities through rewarding experiences and inspiring learning environments.

ABOUT HOLLIS + MILLER

Hollis + Miller Architects is an integrated architectural firm focused on designing the future of learning environments. One hundred team members represent values the firm has held for nearly 70 years.

Every individual is committed to providing inspiring environments for life-long learners and cultivating their reputation for delivering creative, research-based design and empowering communities to shape their futures.

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Leadership

  • Kirk Horner
    Kirk Horner
    Partner
  • John Southard
    John Southard
    Partner
  • Chris Heinz
    Chris Heinz
    Partner
  • John Brown
    John Brown
    Partner
  • Scott Barton
    Scott Barton
    Partner
  • Keegan Jackson
    Keegan Jackson
    Partner
  • Michelle Chavey
    Michelle Chavey
    Partner

HISTORY

1950
Hollis + Miller Architects was founded in Kansas City by Don and Bob Hollis and Dave Miller.
2000
The Hollis + Miller Foundation began its purpose of extending the love and support of the Hollis + Miller family into the community around us. Our team continues this mission by regularly volunteering at Ronald McDonald House and the 18th & Broadway Community Garden, among many other organizations.
2010
Design U, Hollis + Miller’s internal continuing education program, was born from discussion at Hollis + Miller’s annual all-office retreat. It continues to provide opportunities for our team to grow and learn from each other and our peers.
2013
Olathe School District’s Heritage Elementary School was the first recipient of Hollis + Miller’s Learnscape initiative – a philanthropic effort, in which our team donates the design and construction of an outdoor classroom to an area school each year.
2015
Hollis + Miller Architects officially expanded its reach into Colorado, opening our office in Castle Rock – just outside Denver. This expansion allows us to extend our impact into Colorado communities.
2016
The Overland Park, Kansas, and Lee’s Summit, Missouri, offices merged into one office located in the historic Corrigan Station building in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Missouri.

HISTORY

1950
Hollis + Miller Architects was founded in Kansas City by Don and Bob Hollis and Dave Miller.
2000
The Hollis + Miller Foundation began its purpose of extending the love and support of the Hollis + Miller family into the community around us. Our team continues this mission by regularly volunteering at Ronald McDonald House and the 18th & Broadway Community Garden, among many other organizations.
2010
2010
Design U, Hollis + Miller’s internal continuing education program, was born from discussion at Hollis + Miller’s annual all-office retreat. It continues to provide opportunities for our team to grow and learn from each other and our peers.
2013
Olathe School District’s Heritage Elementary School was the first recipient of Hollis + Miller’s Learnscape initiative – a philanthropic effort, in which our team donates the design and construction of an outdoor classroom to an area school each year.
2015
Hollis + Miller Architects officially expanded its reach into Colorado, opening our office in Castle Rock – just outside Denver. This expansion allows us to extend our impact into Colorado communities.
2016
The Overland Park, Kansas, and Lee’s Summit, Missouri, offices merged into one office located in the historic Corrigan Station building in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Missouri.

Leadership

  • Kirk Horner
    Kirk Horner
    Partner
  • John Southard
    John Southard
    Partner
  • Chris Heinz
    Chris Heinz
    Partner
  • John Brown
    John Brown
    Partner
  • Scott Barton
    Scott Barton
    Partner
  • Keegan Jackson
    Keegan Jackson
    Partner
  • Michelle Chavey
    Michelle Chavey
    Partner

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Kirk Horner
Partner

Kirk is a planner.

By that, we don’t mean he keeps a clean calendar. We mean he’s got binders, color-coded systems, and 14 pages of goals, both personal and professional. Lucky for us and our clients, Kirk shares his planning skills with all of us. He quotes his proudest accomplishment in his 28 years at Hollis + Miller as honing our focus on learning environments.

Kirk has a passion to bring positive, measurable change to the families and communities he serves, both personally and professionally. This huge heart for family is what makes Kirk so successful. Even his wife, Kelly, and the three Horner children, all grown now, are familiar faces around the office. As an Eagle Scout, Kirk loves all things outdoors. This love has led to a dream to one day hike the Appalachian Trail. He says his ideal day starts with fishing on the lake behind his house.

John Southard
Partner

John takes everything in stride.

No matter the situation, John is sure to stay calm, cool and collected. He’s been around the block a few times since his internship with Hollis + Miller Architects in 1983. He says he was blessed to be invited back after graduation, and we feel pretty blessed to have him here, too. These days, John’s our numbers guy – keeping our books in order and us all in line.

John’s roots run deep in Kansas City, with all his family being Kansas City natives. He and his wife, Patty, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage. Though they share a lot together, you won’t find Patty in the Southards’ garden. That’s Johnny’s baby. Their two sons are both in college – one after finishing a four-year tour with the Marines. John says his life is rich because of the people in it and the experiences he shares with them.

Chris Heinz
Partner

Chris’s philosophy is simple: Make work as comfortable as home.

On any given day, his office door is open, music streaming, and he’s sure to have a Diet Coke in hand. Chris says working at Hollis + Miller is always fun because of the educators and students he gets to work with. He inspires us all to be as passionate about our projects as they are. And, if you’re headed to Denver, you can probably snag a seat as his Southwest Companion. He’s racked up quite a few miles traveling between our Kansas City and Castle Rock, Colorado offices.

At home, Chris and his wife, Laura, are a team keeping up with their three, yes three, teenagers. As busy parents, they escape to the golf course when they can for a little break from their bustling home. Chris’s passion designing learning environments must spill over to home because his daughter is also considering architecture. So, we may just see another Heinz around the office someday.

John Brown
Partner

It started when he was a kid.

John stayed up until the wee hours of the morning working on his Lego models as a child, and his parents let him. If that doesn’t make them the coolest parents, we don’t know what does. It paid off – John knew early on he would be an architect. He’s known as the quiet, thoughtful guy. He’s sure to think everything through, which is what makes him perfect to lead project delivery and man power resources. John is very active in his Lee’s Summit community because he believes a community is more vibrant and alive when individuals give back. These strong Missouri ties naturally steered him toward leading our Missouri Public K-12 Education team.

At home, John and his wife, Terry, enjoy cheering on their three now grown children at their sporting events. John is an athlete himself, playing pickleball, soccer and trying to get out to the slopes to ski whenever he can.

Scott Barton
Partner

    Scott’s our resident professor.

    He’s even got the scholarly glasses. As the partner in charge of design, Scott leads our architects through the design process, focusing on growing our team members’ skills. He likes to say he no longer designs buildings, but instead inspires team members to push their design to the next level. His favorite moment is seeing people get to their “Ah Ha!” moment. Scott is taking this passion for mentorship to the next level and just received a master’s in education from Arizona State University. Architecture is a perfect profession for him because it marries art and science, and it takes both to design learning environments that are successful for students.

    Scott spends his free time woodworking – though, we’re still waiting for him to bring some of his handiwork in to the office. He loves getting out and cycling, and even goes on cycling vacations. Scott and his wife, Rebecca, are also fur-baby parents to a lovable dog and cat.

    Keegan Jackson
    Partner

      Keegan cares.

      His passion of providing engaging, nurturing learning environments for students brought him to Hollis + Miller 25 years ago. Keegan works with passion and purpose to deeply embed himself in communities and understand its members’ needs, so he can make a positive impact. As the partner who oversees Talent Relations, he channels that same empathy and compassion into ensuring our office is as comfortable and encouraging as the learning environments we design.

      If you need a recommendation for a truly unforgettable vacation, Keegan’s your guy. He takes his passion for community on the road when he and his wife, Beth, and their two children travel to locations off the beaten path, sampling the local cuisine and getting to know the local residents.

      Michelle Chavey
      Partner

      With Michelle, learning never stops.

      Driven by curiosity and her desire to understand learning, Michelle built a strong foundation in architecture that evolved into a total focus on education and the learning process. She doesn’t just talk about learning, she immerses herself in it. Michelle is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner, and is also pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Kansas State, all while researching educational advances and how spaces impact the way the brain learns. These topics drive our team to continue investigating how our brains develop, how social and emotional support is provided to students and how design can impact curriculum.

      When not at the office, Michelle can be found spending time with her husband and three daughters, starting her day with a yoga session and ending it whipping up something in the kitchen. Whether it’s cookies or cakes, baking treats for others is her jam, and when she can’t carve out the time in her own kitchen, she finds a bit of happy in a coffee shop watching other bakers work their magic.

      Kirk Horner
      Partner

      Kirk is a planner.

      By that, we don’t mean he keeps a clean calendar. We mean he’s got binders, color-coded systems, and 14 pages of goals, both personal and professional. Lucky for us and our clients, Kirk shares his planning skills with all of us. He quotes his proudest accomplishment in his 28 years at Hollis + Miller as honing our focus on learning environments.

      Kirk has a passion to bring positive, measurable change to the families and communities he serves, both personally and professionally. This huge heart for family is what makes Kirk so successful. Even his wife, Kelly, and the three Horner children, all grown now, are familiar faces around the office. As an Eagle Scout, Kirk loves all things outdoors. This love has led to a dream to one day hike the Appalachian Trail. He says his ideal day starts with fishing on the lake behind his house.

      John Southard
      Partner

      John takes everything in stride.

      No matter the situation, John is sure to stay calm, cool and collected. He’s been around the block a few times since his internship with Hollis + Miller Architects in 1983. He says he was blessed to be invited back after graduation, and we feel pretty blessed to have him here, too. These days, John’s our numbers guy – keeping our books in order and us all in line.

      John’s roots run deep in Kansas City, with all his family being Kansas City natives. He and his wife, Patty, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage. Though they share a lot together, you won’t find Patty in the Southards’ garden. That’s Johnny’s baby. Their two sons are both in college – one after finishing a four-year tour with the Marines. John says his life is rich because of the people in it and the experiences he shares with them.

      Chris Heinz
      Partner

      Chris’s philosophy is simple: Make work as comfortable as home.

      On any given day, his office door is open, music streaming, and he’s sure to have a Diet Coke in hand. Chris says working at Hollis + Miller is always fun because of the educators and students he gets to work with. He inspires us all to be as passionate about our projects as they are. And, if you’re headed to Denver, you can probably snag a seat as his Southwest Companion. He’s racked up quite a few miles traveling between our Kansas City and Castle Rock, Colorado offices.

      At home, Chris and his wife, Laura, are a team keeping up with their three, yes three, teenagers. As busy parents, they escape to the golf course when they can for a little break from their bustling home. Chris’s passion designing learning environments must spill over to home because his daughter is also considering architecture. So, we may just see another Heinz around the office someday.

      John Brown
      Partner

      It started when he was a kid.

      John stayed up until the wee hours of the morning working on his Lego models as a child, and his parents let him. If that doesn’t make them the coolest parents, we don’t know what does. It paid off – John knew early on he would be an architect. He’s known as the quiet, thoughtful guy. He’s sure to think everything through, which is what makes him perfect to lead project delivery and man power resources. John is very active in his Lee’s Summit community because he believes a community is more vibrant and alive when individuals give back. These strong Missouri ties naturally steered him toward leading our Missouri Public K-12 Education team.

      At home, John and his wife, Terry, enjoy cheering on their three now grown children at their sporting events. John is an athlete himself, playing pickleball, soccer and trying to get out to the slopes to ski whenever he can.

      Scott Barton
      Partner

        Scott’s our resident professor.

        He’s even got the scholarly glasses. As the partner in charge of design, Scott leads our architects through the design process, focusing on growing our team members’ skills. He likes to say he no longer designs buildings, but instead inspires team members to push their design to the next level. His favorite moment is seeing people get to their “Ah Ha!” moment. Scott is taking this passion for mentorship to the next level and just received a master’s in education from Arizona State University. Architecture is a perfect profession for him because it marries art and science, and it takes both to design learning environments that are successful for students.

        Scott spends his free time woodworking – though, we’re still waiting for him to bring some of his handiwork in to the office. He loves getting out and cycling, and even goes on cycling vacations. Scott and his wife, Rebecca, are also fur-baby parents to a lovable dog and cat.

        Keegan Jackson
        Partner

          Keegan cares.

          His passion of providing engaging, nurturing learning environments for students brought him to Hollis + Miller 25 years ago. Keegan works with passion and purpose to deeply embed himself in communities and understand its members’ needs, so he can make a positive impact. As the partner who oversees Talent Relations, he channels that same empathy and compassion into ensuring our office is as comfortable and encouraging as the learning environments we design.

          If you need a recommendation for a truly unforgettable vacation, Keegan’s your guy. He takes his passion for community on the road when he and his wife, Beth, and their two children travel to locations off the beaten path, sampling the local cuisine and getting to know the local residents.

          Michelle Chavey
          Partner

          With Michelle, learning never stops.

          Driven by curiosity and her desire to understand learning, Michelle built a strong foundation in architecture that evolved into a total focus on education and the learning process. She doesn’t just talk about learning, she immerses herself in it. Michelle is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner, and is also pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Kansas State, all while researching educational advances and how spaces impact the way the brain learns. These topics drive our team to continue investigating how our brains develop, how social and emotional support is provided to students and how design can impact curriculum.

          When not at the office, Michelle can be found spending time with her husband and three daughters, starting her day with a yoga session and ending it whipping up something in the kitchen. Whether it’s cookies or cakes, baking treats for others is her jam, and when she can’t carve out the time in her own kitchen, she finds a bit of happy in a coffee shop watching other bakers work their magic.