We believe that design isn’t about imposing a predetermined vision. It’s about working in concert with clients and communities to give shape to their principles, their personalities and their priorities.
We call it meaningful design, and it’s at the heart of every project we engage in, whether it’s commercial, educational, corporate, civic, industrial, cultural, residential or green space.
Meaningful design requires a collaborative environment, one where architectural professionals, planners, landscape architects and interior designers, along with community and client stakeholders, approach the project from every perspective.
And it requires emotional investment from everyone, for every project, no matter the size or budget. Because, ultimately, it’s more than a building, or a park or a master plan, it’s a place for people to connect – with each other and with their community.
Commitment to Community
We aren’t just motivated by community, we’re shaped by it. That’s why we donate our time and our resources to a variety of organizations that make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in Fort Worth and beyond.
Amphibian Stage Productions
American Institute of Architects, Fort Worth Chapter
Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
City of Fort Worth Animal Shelter
Cuisine for Healing
Cultural District Alliance
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dario Lorenzetti Memorial Pavilion Project at Worth Ranch
Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Fort Worth Opera
Fort Worth Public Art
Fort Worth Sister Cities International
Fort Worth South, Inc.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Fort Worth Zoo
Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council
Habitat for Humanity
Humane Society of North Texas
International Interior Design Association, Fort Worth Chapter
Leadership Fort Worth
Presbyterian Night Shelter
The Snowball Express
Southeast Fort Worth, Inc.
Streams and Valleys
Tarrant Area Food Bank
Tarrant County College Foundation
Texas Architectural Foundation
Texas Christian University
Texas Wesleyan University
Trinity River Vision Authority
United States Green Building Council
University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture
Women’s Policy Forum Foundation
Women Steering Business
For more than 55 years, our firm has helped shape North Texas through meaningful design, bringing architecture and planning services to projects large and small, including a range of civic, educational, community, commercial and industrial facilities.
Bennett Benner Partners began as Don W. Kirk, Consulting Engineer in 1956, which was responsible for many landmark projects in the region. In 1965, the firm went through the first of many name changes when Don W. Kirk, Consulting Engineer was renamed Kirk Voich and Smith Architect-Engineer. In 1967, the name changed to Kirk and Voich Architect-Engineer, and as the firm continued to grow it became Kirk Voich Gist, Inc. (KVG) in 1986.
Randy Gideon and James Toal joined the firm in the early 1990s and, reflecting the transition to new leadership and expanded services, the firm became Gideon Toal in 1997. Shortly after the transition to the new name, three additional principals were named to the company.
Michael Bennett joined the firm in 2004 as a principal, and has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2008. Bruce Benner has been with the firm since 1984 and was named Principal, President and COO in 2001. David Pettit joined the firm in 2003 and was named Principal and Director of Economic Development in 2007.
In 2008, both of the firm’s former namesakes announced their retirement. In 2011, the firm was renamed again to Bennett Benner Pettit to reflect the current leadership of the firm.
In October of 2013, the firm announced that David Pettit was spinning off a new economic development venture and Bennett Benner Pettit would no longer be offering economic development as an in-house service, but would continue to collaborate with David at his new company on current and future projects. The firm transitioned to the name Bennett Benner Partners.
Focusing on architecture, planning, landscape architecture and interior design, our principals and staff combine meaningful, life-enhancing design with creative problem-solving and the expertise to manage large, complex projects. We continue to create notable and innovative projects in Fort Worth and beyond, including numerous financially and politically complex initiatives. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed, with more than 60 awards in the past 10 years recognizing our outstanding design and planning work.