HJM Architects is

an 8(a), MBE, DBE, and SLBE certified firm headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. HJM has provided architecture, planning, and interior design services since 1984. 

Our mission is to create spaces with meaning, to design structures that are affordable, and to create efficient plans that are flexible. The team includes NCARB certified architects and NCIDQ certified interior designers.

HJM Architects is

an 8(a), MBE, DBE, and SLBE certified firm headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. HJM has provided architecture, planning, and interior design services since 1984.

Our mission is to create spaces with meaning, to design structures that are affordable, and to create efficient plans that are flexible. The team includes NCARB certified architects and NCIDQ certified interior designers.

Experience

HJM’s task for each project is to create meaningful spaces, to design affordable structures, and to create efficient/flexible plans. HJM embarks on this mission by analyzing current and future project needs. The information is folded into budget, schedule, and aesthetic considerations and a project program is born.

HJM has supported single project owners, developers, contractors, and federal agencies in delivering projects within schedule and budget throughout the country. Our team is guided by a “service first” attitude towards clients and projects regardless of size. Flexibility with respect to project schedules, budgets, and time constraints have been our most important asset in completing projects successfully.

Our Leadership

Richard Hu

Richard Hu is president of HJM and leads the team during project programming, master planning, and design. He is in charge of the coffee bar.

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture – University of Kansas

Master of Architecture – University of Kansas

Affiliations:

NextGen Leader Award Recipient, 2016

Centurions Class of 2015

Founding Board Member, Monarch Collegiate Prep Academy

Board Member, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

National Council Architectural Registration Board (NCARB)

Things:

Richard is married to his business manager (and house manager). Richard gets excited about things with wheels – bikes, skateboards, cars, motorcycles, etc. He’s a mediocre golfer at best.

Kara Hu

Kara Hu is the office manager and keeps things running smoothly.

Education:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History – University of Kansas

Associates Degree, Interior Design – Bellevue Community College

Things:

Kara is married to Richard and is the house manager, keeping things running smoothly. The 3 kids make this a challenge.

Bethany Dyche

Bethany Dyche joined HJM in 2015 and is a senior project manager and interior designer. She brings the snacks.

Education:

Bachelor of Interior Architecture – Kansas State University

Bachelor of Arts, Product Design – Kansas State University

Affiliations:

Associate AIA

NCIDQ

LEED BD+C

National Council Architectural Registration Board (NCARB)

Southtown Council, Board Member

Michael Laird

Michael Laird is a project manager and joined HJM in 2017. He is our beer guru.

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture – Kansas State University

Things:

Michael is the father of 2 boys and husband of a smoking hot interior designer. He likes to cook/grill stuff, brew beer, and design/build just about anything when he can find the time. He also is a fan of snow, bluegrass, travel, photography, and abstinence from social media. He subsists mostly on a steady diet of coffee and the glow of computer monitors.

Monica Lopez

Monica Lopez is a project manager with HJM and hails from Venezuela. She joined us in 2017 and among many other things, is in charge of the Spotify playlist.

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture – Rafael Urdaneta University

Master of Science, Informatics in Architecture, University of Zulia

Community

Hillcrest Platte County – Thrift Store Volunteer

Platte Senior Housing – Activity Volunteer

2016 Kansas City Triathalon – Volunteer

2016 Rock the Parkway – Volunteer

2016 Running with the Cows – Volunteer

2016 Halloween Hustle and Half Marathon – Volunteer

Firm Affiliations

Member, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Member, Olathe Chamber of Commerce

Member, Waldo Area Business Association

Member, Southtown Council

MBE, DBE, SLBE Certified

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