Kirk Warden

Executive Vice President & Shareholder

Kirk leads the company’s overall Business Development effort working closely across all market sectors. His 15-year career as an architect prior to joining Clayco in 1997 allows him to be the perfect advocate for the innovative and collaborative project delivery method that is the foundation of Clayco’s integrated approach. He looks for clients, projects and relationships that understand and embrace the partnering concepts. Kirk leads many of the market segment teams in pursuit of great opportunities and works with all of the Business Unit Leaders in their effort to deliver impactful results for our clients.

What Inspires You?

“Several things inspire me; my children, Clayco’s people and the culture, my father and finally, the good in this world that sometimes seems under attack.  My children, in the way they learn to navigate the world differently than I did but with a drive and purpose to succeed.  Clayco’s people and the culture because it has given me a place to flourish, be happy and provide better solutions to people’s dreams.  My father, because his memory and way of life keeps me grounded and kinder than I would be without him by my side.  Finally, I’m constantly inspired by the things that happen in this world that are good and life changing for the better.  In a world where we hear mostly about the evil and horrible events and malice spread between opposing viewpoints, there are many beams of light that inspire me to become associated with or one of those cheerful and/or good things.”

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Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
Board of Directors Pedal the Cause St. Louis
USGBC LEED AP Certification


Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas – Lawrence, Kansas
Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Kansas – Lawrence, Kansas


Kirk spent 16 years as a practicing Architect with a focus on Institutional Clients and their projects.  These projects ranged from higher education to healthcare to scientific research facilities.  Kirk is well versed in leading teams during the Design and Preconstruction phase unifying the team in common purpose, which he believes is what leads to the best possible outcomes.