Daniel R. Kenney

Daniel R. Kenney FAIA, AICP



Dan Kenney is living the American Dream in several ways. He has made his Hungarian immigrant family proud, he has achieved a level of professional success that few dream of and most importantly, he loves what he does. Dan is both an architect and a master planner with an extensive award-winning international portfolio and the kind of life experiences that accompany travels around the world engaging with prominent clients.

Two anecdotes yield insight into the man he became and still strives to be. Growing up, Dan's grandfather, a blacksmith, used to tell him, "Danny, you have to hit the anvil as hard as you can - and then you hit it harder." This inspires him to always try his very best - and then do it even better. As a young architect, one of his mentors Hideo Sasaki said to him, "Contribution is the only value." Thus, it’s no surprise he takes great pride in seeing the results of collaboration with clients and his team. Dan is quick to note that his projects succeed because of the creative and committed planning and design talent in his collaborative teams. He assembles experts in every relevant discipline, along with the client and all key stakeholders on a project, and actively seeks to foster a spirit of creative collaboration to achieve the best possible outcomes.

One example that Dan enjoys citing is the Tech Town Master Plan in Detroit, Michigan. As the planning Principal for this award winning plan he leveraged his urban planning and institutional planning experience and skills to formulate a strategy to revitalize this key area of downtown Detroit. The TechTown plan is a key part of the revitalization of Midtown Detroit.