Culture & Careers

Love learning? Want to change the world for the better? Join our team.

01Our Culture02Education & Mentoring03Giving Back04Join Our Team
01 Our Culture

Fanning Howey began as a small company in a single office. Today, we offer the resources and opportunities of a large firm, but our culture still reflects our roots. We care about each other, we work hard to serve our clients and we have fun along the way.

In many ways, we maintain that scrappy, intimate, small-firm spirit we once had. At the same time, we benefit from sharing ideas and lessons learned across many disciplines and offices. We believe that if we give people tools, resources, and the freedom to explore and innovate, great things will happen.

02 Education & Mentoring

At Fanning Howey we believe in lifelong learning. That’s why we offer a variety of continuing education programs to help employees excel and advance with technical, professional and personal development. If you’re looking to grow in the profession, Fanning Howey is a place for you to thrive.


As a new team member, you will be surrounded by the region’s most highly experienced team for the design of learning environments. The average Fanning Howey employee has been here for 15 years. This means that wisdom, guidance and support are never in short supply.


Diversity of thought is our strength. Whether it’s through our inter-office Wisdom Wednesday presentations or travel to projects in other states, new employees always have access to new insights and new experiences.


Fanning Howey supports professional development by providing time off for professional registration exams. And if you’re already a registered professional, our regular lunch and learns make it easy to stay current with Continuing Education requirements.


Fanning Howey’s emerging professionals regularly attend Building Design+Construction’s annual Accelerate Live event in downtown Chicago.

03 Giving Back

We celebrate community in many different ways. Through sponsorships, donations, scholarships and volunteer work, we make a difference both close to home and throughout the world.


2021 marked the firm’s 60th anniversary and as part of that celebration, we are committed to 60 acts of giving back throughout the year. Employees across the firm participated through various community service/volunteering opportunities in our communities, focusing heavily on giving back to school districts, learning organizations, and community development groups. We wanted to take this time to reflect on our history with the communities in which we live, work and design by giving back through acts of kindness.

  • Schools for Children of the World

    We activity support this international organization, which builds and improves educational facilities in Central America and Africa. Our former Chairman of the Board, Dan Mader, AIA, is a member of the board of directors. Several of our team members have participated in working trips to Honduras.

    Learn more here
  • Tiny Library Program

    Fanning Howey partnered with AIA Indiana and a local news station to design, build and install two tiny libraries for the Fletcher Place Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Learn more here
  • Fanning Howey Employee Scholarship

    Each year, the firm awards a renewable four-year scholarship to a high school senior who is a child of a Fanning Howey employee. The applications are judged by volunteers from among our clients.

04 Join Our Team

We are a growing team of natural collaborators ready to change the world through the creation of better learning environments.

Right now, we are looking for people passionate about education to join our team. Currently, we are hiring positions for Architectural Staff and Designers, Electrical Designers, Technology Designers, Mechanical Designers and Construction Administrators.

Interested in making the world a better place through designing smarter places for learning?

Email Chief Human Resources Officer Dorine Vogel at to learn more about our opportunities in Celina, Columbus and Indianapolis.