Our Approach

Meaningful Design
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.

Our Values

  • Personal Service
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Community


See our award-winning work

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. 

  • 35W Coalition
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • 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
  • Lena Pope
  • Presbyterian Night Shelter
  • Salvation Army
  • The Snowball Express
  • Southeast Fort Worth, Inc.
  • SteerFW
  • 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
  • YMCA

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.