Feb 12, 2015



It’s official! We broke ground on Reeds Spring Middle School on February 6. The project will connect the existing district facilities with the new 78,000 sf building. The design combines classrooms, offices, a competition gym, and an 880 seat auditorium.

Check out the project page for more images and information on this exciting project!

Dec 4, 2014

Christmas in New York


It’s the holiday season and there’s lots going on in New York this time of year. The lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Plaza, Santa at Macy’s, and the annual Best Of Year Awards at ICA by Frank Gehry. Thanks to Interior Design magazine, we’ll be there tonight for Liberty United Methodist Church being named a finalist. Check out the other finalists at https://boyawards.interiordesign.net/finalists/2014/projects/institutional-other.

Congratulations to our awesome client at LUMC. You all are wonderful people.

Merry Christmas!

Nov 26, 2014



After ten glorious years at our original address, Dake Wells Architecture has moved to our new location on the historic Park Central Square in the heart of downtown Springfield!  This move marks not only our ten year anniversary, but the meteoric growth of our practice in both scale and experience.  Our commitment to our city’s urban core is highlighted once again, much as it was when we founded our practice in 2004.  Following that remarkable “decade of design”, our new office occupies the third floor of the former Woolworth Department Store, with spectacular views of the Lawrence Halprin designed public square, Hurt’s Donuts and the Gillioz Theater.

If you’re an old friend, thank you for your support and don’t forget to update your contact information with our new address.

Dake Wells Architecture
134 Park Central Square, Suite 300
Springfield, MO 65806

If you’re a new friend, peruse our website to learn more about how we’ve gotten to this point.

In either case, we’re looking forward to another decade of design excellence!

Oct 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from DWa!

Happy Halloween from DWa!
Jun 24, 2014

Gobbler’s Mountain House named Building of the Week

Gobbler’s Mountain House named Building of the Week

Gobbler’s Mountain House selected to represent Missouri at american-architects.com 50X50. 50 projects in 50 states by 50 firms in 50 weeks.

American Architects 50X50 House of the Week

Jun 23, 2014

DWa turns over a new leaf!

Jeffries LEED Plaque

Architectural design should continually strive to set precedence and Jeffries Elementary School Addition does just that. Recently certified LEED Silver, Jeffries is the first LEED Certified project completed by our office and the first LEED Certified project achieved by Springfield Public Schools, the largest school district in Missouri. Stay tuned for more environmentally friendly projects to come.

We thank the owner, our consultants, and our staff for their diligent efforts to take this project above and beyond the norm.

May 7, 2014


The Four Seasons

In the words of The Four Seasons, “Oh What a Night!”. Thankfully, it’s not late December, but last Friday night May 2. AIA Springfield celebrated the best design work from the last two years. From the largest and most exceptional pool of submissions ever, Dake Wells Architecture was called to the front on 8 separate occasions to be recognized, along with each project’s outstanding client. This year’s distinguished Professional Jury was chaired by the incomparable Carlos Jimenez, from Rice University who presented Honor Awards and Merit Awards on behalf of his jury which included Danny Samuels, FAIA from TAFT Architects and Dawn Finley, Principal at Interloop Architects.

The Professional Jury granted Honor Awards to Missouri State University Carrington Auditorium and Gobbler’s Mountain House and Merit Awards to KLF Architectural Systems, Spokane Middle School, Gohn Hall and Reeds Spring R-IV Middle School.

In addition, a separate jury made up of local civic leaders granted 2 additional awards. The Public Jury was chaired by Nancy Chikaraishi, professor of architecture at Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture. Additional jurors included Nick Nelson, Director of Springfield Art Museum; Jonathan Gano, Interim Co-Director of Publlc Works for the City of Springfield; Ryan Allison from Convention Visitors Bureau; Chris Rozier from the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Jason Graf, Cofounder and CEO of Crowdit.

The Public Jury granted a Public Recognition Award to Gohn Hall and Judges Appreciation Award to Gobbler’s Mountain House.

Countless thanks go our clients, Missouri State University, KLF Architectural Systems, the Owner’s of the Gobbler’s Mountain House (you know who you are), Reeds Spring School District, and Spokane School District. And similar thanks to our long list of consultants and contractors involved in these projects. The relationships we’ve built with all of you means so much to us. Thank you for your willingness to collaborate, challenge and support our efforts.

May 2, 2014

Hats off to Brandon!

Brandon Dake DS Award Photo_640px

Help us congratulate Brandon Dake, AIA on being honored with the AIA Missouri Distinguished Service Award!

Brandon received the award for his tireless efforts in the wake of the Joplin tornado in 2012 and for continually exemplifying the value of quality design throughout the state. His efforts in Joplin during his AIA Springfield presidency were focused on helping the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (CART) envision the future of Joplin through master planning and community engagement. His architectural work has consistently been recognized on local, state, and national levels. With much of his recent work for education, he focuses on providing resilient facilities that enhance students’ well being, learning and achievement, and offer communities a source of pride and identity. We believe there is no better way for members of the institute to represent the profession.

Apr 4, 2014

Fold It Up

Fold It Up

In celebration of earth day we honor our favorite animals (current and extinct).  We display these animals through the ancient design craft of origami.  Folding a flat, flimsy material into rigid shapes that convey a design is a concept can inspire many an architectural thought.  We strive daily to take the ordinary and use it in a way other than originally intended.  We examine the simple and create the extraordinary.  Next time you see something that you think is for one purpose only, think of the many other beautiful hidden creations that lie just beneath the surface.

Please visit the World Wildlife Fund to learn more about endangered species and their origami tutorials page to make your own!

Nov 26, 2013

Jason Hainline Named LEED Fellow

Jason Hainline Named LEED Fellow

Our very own Jason Hainline has earned the incredible honor of  being named a LEED Fellow.  We are very proud to announce this fantastic news.  Below is the official press release:

Dake Wells Architecture’s Jason Hainline Awarded LEED Fellow Designation
LEED Fellows represent green building industry’s
most accomplished professionals

 Washington, D.C. (November 22, 2013) – The U.S. Green Building Council today named Jason Hainline of Dake Wells to the 2013 class of LEED Fellows.  The LEED Fellow Program is the green building industry’s most prestigious professional designation.  The LEED Fellow designation recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals.

Hainline was among 51 of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals to be selected this year as LEED Fellows through a peer nomination and portfolio review process.  Hainline’s LEED AP + BD&C credentials, sixteen years of green building experience, and extensive portfolio including such exemplary projects as Green Circle Shopping Center (Springfield, MO) and Beijing Olympic Village for the 2008 Olympic Games comprise a few of his outstanding qualifications.

“We are thrilled to present these highly accomplished individuals with the LEED Fellow designation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC.  “The Fellows are some of the leading innovators and vanguards of the green building movement, and their bodies of work strongly underscore their commitment to LEED and a sustainable built environment.”

Jason Hainline was recognized with the rest of the 2013 LEED Fellow class at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia this month.  For more information on the LEED Fellow program, please visit usgbc.org/leed/credentials/leed-fellow/.

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