Why we’re at Techweek

This week Acre will be exhibiting at Techweek as part of LaunchKC’s top 100 grant finalists. But, can a company that creates homes really be considered a tech startup?

tech·nol·o·gy   tekˈnäləjē/   noun

  • the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.
  • the branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences


According to this, Acre is the very definition of a technology company. We apply scientific knowledge from the fields of architecture, engineering, environmental design, and material and construction science in the most practical way imaginable. We’ve used these practices to create homes that take half the time to build, use a fraction of the resources, and have as little as half the lifetime cost of traditional homes.

Still think a tech startup needs software, hardware, apps or gadgets? We’re developing those as well:

  • We’re creating an online ordering system that makes buying a home more like buying a car.
  • On our job site, we’ll use manufactured components to precisely set all utility locations.
  • We test and evaluate smart home features to include only the best in our standard product offering.


Acre’s real difference is that we view these tools as secondary to the greater goal of solving the glaring and systemic problems with home-building. Regardless of the method, it’s our rigorous application of practical design thinking that allows us to continuously innovate. Nowhere is innovation more needed, and nowhere will its effects be more beneficial, than in solving the real problems that all people face.

As quoted in a recent Line/Shape/Space article: “The masses are just left with these haphazard, antiquated designs that are repeated permutations of every year’s trend,” [Dickson] says. “[The Acre home is] the responsible way of using our skill set: to get this into the hands of the people who can benefit most from the cost savings and also give them access to good design.”

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    Posted at 20:52h, 09 December Reply

    […] That’s why the Axiom House, being developed in Kansas City by Acre Designs, is so interesting. Jennifer Dickson is an architect; Andrew Dickson is an industrial designer; together they are trying to turn a house into an industrial product that can be delivered anywhere in a shipping container, for a price that is competitive with conventional construction. They are not thinking like designers, but like a tech startup: […]

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