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3rd Ward Architecture Firms Join Forces

Kindness Architecture & Planning will merge with its neighbor in Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward, Eppstein Uhen Architects.

Kindness Architecture, established in 2008 by Scott Kindness, is a seven-person firm that has been working on several major area projects. It has designed local apartment buildings for Milwaukee’s Wiechmann Enterprises, including a 13-story building on Farwell Avenue.

It also has been involved in planning for both phases of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s redevelopment of the Westlawn public housing property. The latest phase of Westlawn will create more than 700 housing units.

“We’ve been able to do a lot of very large projects with limited resources,” Kindness said. “Imagine what we can do with these resources.”

Kindness said his entire firm will join Eppstein Uhen, which will grow to 175 employees.

Kindness will become a shareholder and director of Eppstein Uhen’s Living Environment Studio, a team of 30 that works on multifamily housing, senior living, mixed use and hospitality projects.

It is a return home of sorts. Kindness worked for nine years, starting in 1987, with the predecessor firm to Eppstein Uhen.

Eppstein Uhen president Rich Tennessen has known Kindness for years, stretching back to when they played on competing teams in a softball league. The two firms both worked on The Corridor Brookfield development, which led to the talks of joining forces, he said.

The move means Eppstein Uhen can take on more work, while also bringing on new talent from a firm that shares its values, Tennessen said.

Sean Ryan
Milwaukee Business Journal

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