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KEPHART is proud to announce the promotions of Wade Hanson and Ryan Bender from Project Managers to Associate Principals. They each exemplify who KEPHART is through their ambition, initiative, and aptitude.

“Each of them embodies these things as an individual,” said Bryce Hall, KEPHART President. “If you have had the privilege of working with either Ryan or Wade on a team, you know that they put your well-being ahead of theirs and that they put the success of the team and of KEPHART above their own. They are champions of our culture and represent who we are today as a company.”

Professional Headshot Wade Hanson

Wade Hanson 

Hanson has a diverse background in residential architecture with a decade of experience in the design and construction industries. Hanson’s passion lies in urban and people-focused design, and he enjoys using his creative problem-solving approach to help navigate complex projects. He enjoys mentoring his teammates, allowing them to advance their careers further. 

Ryan Bender

Ryan Bender 

With more than a decade of experience at KEPHART, Bender has knowledge working on a variety of residential communities ranging from high-density, mixed-use apartments and assisted living facilities. Bender believes useful design starts with carefully considering how people live and how it will impact their daily lives. Bender enjoys digging into the details and collaborating with KEPHART’s clients ensuring their vision becomes reality.  

Hanson and Bender will join seven other Associate Principals at KEPHART.


This is the philosophy that drives KEPHART to create thoughtful homes and communities that positively change people’s lives.

KEPHART is a nationally recognized, award-winning architectural design and planning firm with 50 years of housing expertise. Our passion for designing well-designed places to live, work, and play has driven us to create more than 500,000 homes across the country, ranging from single and multifamily homes to workforce housing, senior living, LIHTC communities, and everything in between. We have a deep bench of talented staff to design and deliver innovative and practical solutions to meet the unique requirements of every project.