We chase big ideas
in the middle
of everywhere.

Established in 1996, El Dorado is an integrated architecture, urban design, curatorial, education and fabrication practice located in Kansas City, Missouri and Portland, Oregon. Read MoreLess

In the beginning, as equal parts art gallery, fabrication shop and design studio, we were known for fingerless gloves and raffish outbursts that helped jumpstart Kansas City’s emergent culture. Today, we work purposefully across scales, locations, and contexts, from city blocks to exhibitions, between critical ideas and our intangible, spiritual attachment to place. El Dorado’s two partners and 20 staff — including 11 architects, 2 university professors, industrial designers and certified welders — chase big ideas with a common touch.

Our team works
purposefully across
scales and contexts.