The HFW companies and Iowa-based INVISION form a strategic growth partnership

ST. LOUIS & DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE). Architecture and interior design firm operating in the Midwest for more than a century.

According to Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, INVISION represents HFW’s fifth strategic partnership in the past year as HFW advances its plan to build a network of growth-oriented AE firms that share best practices, economies of scale and unique areas of expertise HFW is based in St.Louis.

“We are very impressed by INVISION’s legacy and leadership, as well as its architectural and interior design talent in education, health and wellness, culture and other sectors,” said Hein of HFW’s new strategic partner. “We look forward to working with them to accelerate their growth in the Midwest and leverage the expertise of our other strategic growth partners to realize their own vision.”

HFW’s business model is designed to preserve and leverage each partner company’s own brand identity, loyal workforce and loyalty of its project partners to build a nationwide “House of Brands” network of AE member companies.

For INVISION, a design company founded in 1914 that employs nearly 75 professionals from offices in Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa, this new partnership will support a growth trajectory that is expected to result in greater opportunities for its people and resources for our clients at Brad Leeper , AIA, partner of INVISION.

“Following extensive strategic planning around exploring INVISION 2030, we have identified growth and innovation as key enablers for our future,” said Leeper. “We have explored a variety of growth strategies as a viable approach to achieve these goals. HFW has brought to the table a unique model that allows us to pursue these goals in ways we could not achieve on our own. They are genuine in their approach and have a sophistication in their partnerships that will allow us to continue to serve communities in more meaningful ways over the next 100 years.”

About the HFW companies

Based in St. Louis, HFW is an AEC industry professional services firm investing in architectural and engineering firms serving metropolitan and infrastructure markets and open to working with partners for growth. Its member firms, grounded in technical excellence, solve the most critical problems in the built environment and improve communities through creative design, engineering and planning. For more information, visit: