Andy Pitts






Kansas City


P 816.581.4030

Andy is a dedicated professional committed to driving real and meaningful social change in our communities through innovative and research-driven justice facility design. As a Justice studio principal, he has devoted more than 20 years to the art and science of creating facilities that support positive transformation. His work revolves around bridging the gap between justice and humanity, shaping behaviors, and promoting rehabilitation.

Andy’s portfolio encompasses a wide range of building types, including crisis and treatment centers, county jails, juvenile and youth residential care facilities, courthouses, police stations, and the administrative spaces that sustain these crucial areas. He recognizes the paramount significance of design in ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of all who enter these buildings, thereby fostering a sense of security within the community.

Andy’s track record is impressive, managing public projects ranging from $10 million to over $200 million. He excels in navigating the complex landscape of justice facility projects, understanding the diverse requirements and stakeholder needs of counties and cities. From the sweltering heat of Texas to the frigid winters of Vermont, Andy is undaunted by extreme weather conditions as his work transcends geographical boundaries.

As a member of the Academy of Architecture for Justice, Andy has shared his expertise at national conferences, particularly focusing on juvenile justice design topics. He has also authored articles on trauma-informed design practices, reflecting his commitment to creating environments that promote healing and growth. Andy is an active member of professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, where he has served as the President of the Kansas City Chapter and is affiliated with the United States Green Building Council.

Get to know Andy

What is the best part of your job?

Helping clients realize their dreams. Mentoring staff to find their passion and be successful.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I have tried to become more proficient as a woodworker. I have built out a shop and have built a variety of furniture items. I have also completed numerous projects around the house with custom-built casework pieces.

What is an interesting fact not many people know about you?

I have performed in local community theater productions and hope to be able to participate in others in the future.

Notable projects

Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center

Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center

Bryan, TX

Wyandotte County Juvenile Justice Center

Kansas City, KS

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