Firm History

PlaceWorks was founded in 1975 as The Center for Planning and Research. It was modeled after the principles of the Bauhaus School of Design in Germany, which aimed to bring design disciplines together and integrate individual work efforts into a greater whole. Within three years, the firm incorporated as The Planning Center and operated under this name for more than 30 years. The Planning Center’s passion for more integrative planning and design drove the firm’s expansion into new fields. Environmental analysis was added in 1980 and school facilities planning in 1985. In 2006, The Planning Center acquired Meredith & Associates, which added site assessment and remediation, environmental science and engineering, and human health risk assessment to the firm’s capabilities. In 2011, The Planning Center acquired Design, Community & Environment (DC&E) and then operated as The Planning Center|DC&E for the next three years. DC&E, founded in 1995, was similarly noteworthy for providing comprehensive planning, design, and environmental services, but also added landscape architecture to the firm’s portfolio of practice areas. To reflect the firm’s wider range of services, the name was changed to PlaceWorks in 2014. Our interdisciplinary, holistic approach integrates sustainability, economic vitality, and community goals to create great places.