Company Profile

About Us

Hensley Lamkin Rachel, Inc. (HLR) is an AIA member firm founded in 1991 to serve as the exclusive architectural firm of a prominent national student housing developer. Since then, principals David Hensley, Robert Lamkin, and Bruce Rachel have worked with top development firms across the country to enhance communities through appropriate design for every life stage.

Diverse experience and technical knowledge allow HLR to design projects across market segments. We deliver quality construction while maintaining solid client relationships who rely on us for creative solutions that fit within existing structures or neighborhoods.

HLR’S principals are licensed in multiple states and have designed student housing, multifamily, senior housing and commercial projects throughout the United States.

Student Housing

HLR has a unique approach to housing design, focusing on student living spaces. HLR is known as a design leader in student apartments and residence halls for private and university clients. We understand the needs of students and administrators through our service-oriented style, which allows us to gain valuable insight into their goals for each project.

exterior of one of HLR Architect's podium building projects
exterior of the crosby


Our firm stands out as one of the nation’s leading multifamily design and construction services providers, having been named Top 100 Architects three times by Multi-Housing News. We have also received recognition from Engineering News-Record and Building Design + Construction magazines for our contributions to industry leadership – as well as having completed hundreds of projects emphasizing high-density multifamily and mixed-use developments, urban townhomes, luxury apartments, and affordable homes.

Senior Housing

At HLR, we commit to naturally designing functional housing for every life stage, including the senior population. Besides being experts in fair housing design, accessibility, and usability, we are also sensitive to accommodating all resident needs and those of their family members and caregivers who support them.

exterior of oaks 55 senior housing
interior of an HLR Architects commercial product

Commercial Developments

We aim to maximize our clients’ business goals. We do this through a collaborative team approach that delivers timely, cost-efficient services while developing new communities with great amenities. Our portfolio consists of independent businesses such as restaurants and numerous retail spaces.

Our Philosophy

  • Architects have a responsibility to not only lead, but also to serve the public. 
  • Architecture is very dynamic and versatile, which means that we can serve people in a better way. This helps our community grow and evolve.
  • Treating people with respect, and acting with honesty and integrity is essential.
  • Creativity is a skill that adds immeasurable value.
  • The continuous pursuit of knowledge and understanding leads to progress.