At the core of AoDK is the desire to nourish a culture of passion. Each person is continually pursuing their dreams, developing their talents and bringing who they are to our team.
This is done thru teaching, mentoring, professional development, research, and encouragement. We have consistently asked 2 questions “what are you passionate about?” and “what are you going to do about it?” We have weekly Tuesday morning meetings where in addition to reviewing weekly schedule, one person is responsible for bringing breakfast and talking about what they have been focused on outside of the office. We see it as a continuation of preschool show and tell.
While architecture must be a part of the passion, we strongly encourage each person to develop interests outside of the firm. This currently includes areas like kayaking, rock climbing, technology, home renovation, coaching, church, skiing, being a parent, being a spouse. We believe that the more each employee is developing as a person the greater our firm will be.