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Embrace Growth and Balance in Iowa’s Thriving Capital City! Explore our Des Moines studio.

Our Des Moines architecture and engineering firm is experiencing extraordinary growth, and we’re loving every minute of it! We’re currently a team of more than 100 — and we’re on track to double that number. To make space for this progress, we’re continuing to expand within our building and designing new workspaces.

As one of Shive-Hattery’s largest offices, our team brings many different skillsets to the table. This means we get to work together to solve problems. If you don’t have the answer, we can find someone who does!

Work-life balance matters to the Des Moines studio. We’re rewarded for our hard work, but we value our time away from the office just as much.

Shive-Hattery Des Moines Architecture and Engineering Firm

Top 5 Reasons we love our des moines studio

  • We get to park where we work! No public transportation, no ramps, no paying to park. Your car sits right outside the office, which makes commuting much better.
  • Our location makes errand-running so easy! If you want to do some shopping or grab a bite to eat, we’re close to a mall, big-box retail, grocery stores, and restaurants.
  • We get to work in the old Wall Street Journal printing press. Our design team kept some of the existing historical elements while bringing a modern vibe to the space—including a cool mezzanine.
  • Our social committee helps us build community with fun events every month, from Pac-Man parties and happy hours to trivia (and it can get pretty competitive)!
  • We love being involved in community events and working with other businesses. We’re active in local Chambers of Commerce, too.


Craig Erickson is Managing Director of Des Moines, Shive-Hattery’s largest office with over 110 employees. He is responsible for a culture aligned with Shive-Hattery’s guiding principle, values and purpose. He’s an advocate for employees, fostering mentoring, development and engagement, while supporting growth strategies for culture, client experience, project delivery and profitability.

Craig joined Shive-Hattery in 2001, building our Landscape Architecture practice with his expertise in planning, urban design, detailed site design, master planning, project management and client relations. In addition to Managing Director in Des Moines, he leads Shive-Hattery’s Commercial Development + Energy Services market team.


Craig Erickson was the primary designer for Des Moines’ iconic Gray’s Lake Bridge (also known as “The Rainbow Bridge”). “Gray’s Lake Bridge is a public space for everyone,” Craig says. “It is a symbol of love and tolerance to many within our community.”

The Details

4125 Westown Pkwy, Ste 100
West Des Moines, IA 50266

MidAmerican RecPlex Fieldhouse Softball

Hometown Feature

A Sports Complex in a League of Its Own

The MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex is a one-of-a-kind destination that delivers on the demand for a regional, indoor sports facility designed for athletes of all ages and abilities.

Teams can practice, leagues can host tournaments, and community members can stay active and entertained. We served as the owner’s rep and the architect and engineer for construction administration

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“I am energized every day by the passion our staff to serve our clients, solve problems, and make the world a better place. What’s better than that!?”

Craig Erickson | Commercial Development + Energy Services Market Leader

Office Olympics, Curling, Office Fun, Events


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