Through architecture, interior design, strategic advisory and environmental branding, Kahler Slater leverages design to help our clients reach their strategic goals for advancing their organizations. We use a Performance-Based Design process that is grounded in research to ensure we design for change. The result of our work enriches lives and achieves powerful results. With clients around the US, Canada and Singapore, Kahler Slater’s team includes marketplace experts in healthcare, higher education, corporate, residential, hospitality, sports and wellness.

Performance-Based Design

At Kahler Slater, we believe that design is a catalyst for change. Capital investments, no matter the size, should produce dramatic improvements in our clients’ performance. To ensure we take full advantage of this opportunity, our marketplace experts lead a collaborative Performance-Based Design process that starts with the end in mind. We set performance metrics up front and then we design for change. Once completed, we measure the results to ensure we realized our client’s vision.

Our Unique Approach

We are marketplace experts who bring knowledge grounded in research leading a collaborative Performance-Based Design process. This process is adaptable to specific client needs and is organized into five key steps: Discover; Dream; Define; Design; Deliver.


Our unique workplace culture is evident not only to our employees, but also to our clients. We have intentionally established an open, team-based culture that encourages both individual initiative and team collaboration.

We also know we work best when we are having fun! Our Culture Council makes sure that our firm-wide events are very “Kahler Slater” (meaning: creative, special, interactive and fun!). Whether it is a firm retreat, a city-wide scavenger hunt, an @4 happy hour, or a summer picnic with Lego boot camp for the kids – we seek to build relationships with each other and great memories along the way.

Our offices are intentionally located in areas that enable our employees to take advantage of each city’s unique offerings before, during and after the work day. Each office has immediate proximity to transit lines and are convenient to bike to work. In Milwaukee, we further extend the Kahler Slater experience aboard the S.S. Enterprise, our pontoon boat (aka floating conference room), which is docked right outside our door.

Community Commitment

Kahler Slater isn’t just about doing great work for clients – we believe in giving back to the communities where we live, work and play. In fact, involvement in our communities is one of our core values. We engage in many ways by sharing our time, talent and resources. This includes things like pro-bono work, charitable donations and even setting aside a day each year to participate in a firm-wide volunteering day with a partnering organization.

We create formal commitments with a variety of organizations every year. This allows us to develop long-standing relationships and establish multiple unique and creative ways to donate, volunteer and support each of them individually. We know we grow stronger as a firm, and as individuals, when we are engaged in programs that give back not only to the design world, but our own hometowns.

Our Community Partners

COA Youth & Family Centers
2021-2022 Partnership
Wisconsin Youth Company
2021-2022 Partnership
My Block My Hood My City
2021-2022 Partnership
United Way
Milwaukee and Madison partner for over 20 years
Partner for over 20 years


Interested in joining our team? Great! We’d love to hear from you. See our Careers page to learn more about our current open positions.

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