Chapter History

Founding MembersThe Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was officially recognized by the AIA on February 14, 1870. President Richard Upjohn, President and P. B. Wright, Secretary, of the national organization signed the Charter. This was the fourth charter issued by AIA since its incorporation on April 15, 1857 in New York. The local Chapter was incorporated and a charter granted by the State of Ohio on October 10, 1889.

Objectives of the chapter, as listed in the constitution, were "to unite in fellowship the Architects of Cincinnati and adjoining territory and also persons interested in Architecture of the allied Arts and Sciences, and to combine their efforts so as to promote the artistic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession." In order to achieve these goals, the public was regularly in attendance at the Chapter meetings.

A report to AIA from our Chapter in 1890 indicated a list of standing Committees as follows: Executive Committee, Committee on Admissions, Committee on Library and Publications, and Committee on Education. That year there was ten Practicing Members, seven Junior Members, and four Honorary Members for Life, for a total membership of 21, with a request to add eight more in 1871. The Treasurer's report for that year indicated a Chapter Fund final balance of $44.01 and a Library Fund of $56.00 for a total balance of $100.01.

In 1997, the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was renamed AIA Cincinnati in accordance with guidelines for components from the Institute.

The architects who have served the Chapter as President during its existence are as follows:

Corinne Cassidy, AIA - 2014
Lawrence G. Tokarsky, AIA - 2013
Christopher M. Patek, AIA - 2012
Randal G. Merrill, AIA - 2011
Douglas R. Richards, AIA - 2010
Michael R. Mauch, AIA - 2009
Tonia F. Edwards, AIA - 2008
John P. Rademacher, AIA - 2007
Michael N. Schuster, FAIA - 2006
Steven T. Kenat, AIA - 2005
Alan J. Warner, AIA - 2004
Robert L. Knight, AIA - 2003
Eric T. Inglert, AIA - 2002
Jerome D. Flynn, AIA - 2001
Afsanehi Ardehali, AIA - 2000
Robert L. Rich, AIA - 1999
R. Stephen Sendelbeck, AIA - 1998
Barrett C. Burdick, AIA - 1997
Daniel S. Friedman, FAIA - 1996
Richard Mellott, AIA - 1995
John W. Rogers, FAIA - 1994
James Harrell, FAIA - 1993
David H. Wagner, AIA - 1992
John C. Senhauser, FAIA - 1991
Roger C. Brady, AIA - 1990
Joan Tepe Wurtenberger, AIA - 1989
Christopher N. Beghtel, AIA - 1988
David S. Collins, FAIA - 1987
Nelson Cragg, AIA - 1986
Donald Junker, AIA - 1985
Donald J. Weaks - 1984
Donald E. Stevens, AIA - 1983
Gavin D. Gray, AIA - 1982
Robert W. Dorsey, FAIA - 1981
David T. Richards, AIA - 1980
Robert L. Williams, AIA - 1979
Thomas W. Tilsley, AIA - 1978
Robert E. Gramann, FAIA - 1977
Jerry L. Keltch, AIA - 1976
James T. Fitzgerald, FAIA - 1975
Gerald S. Hammond, FAIA - 1974
Bruce E. Erickson, AIA - 1973
Kenneth K. Wright, AIA - 1972
Gordon D. Garn, AIA - 1971
Willard C. Pistler, Jr., FAIA - 1970
James J. Gallagher, AIA - 1969
John B. Gartner, AIA - 1967/68
George Schatz, FAIA - 1965/1966
William Bogart, AIA - 1963/1964
Woodward Garber, AIA - 1962
Richard H. Wheeler, FAIA - 1960/1961
Benjamin H. Dombar, AIA - 1959
Joseph M. Lyle, AIA - 1957/1958
E. C. Landberg, AIA - 1955/1956
Fred H. Kock, AIA - 1953/1954
Eugene Schrand, AIA - 1951/1952
Ramsey Findlater, AIA - 1950
C. E. Porter, AIA - 1949
Bernard Pepinsky, AIA - 1947/1948
Hugh M. Garriott, AIA - 1946
Ernest Pickering, FAIA 1944/1945
Standish Meacham, AIA - 1942/1943
George F. Roth, FAIA - 1940/1941
J. W. Becker, AIA - 1939
Charles R. Strong, AIA - 1938
H. P. VanArsdall, AIA - 1936/1937
George Marshall Martin, FAIA - 1935
John H. Deeken, AIA - 1934
Charles R. Strong, AIA - 1933
Ernest Pickering, FAIA - 1930/1932
Charles F. Cellarius, FAIA - 1929
Stanley Matthews, AIA - 1926/1928
A. O. Elzner, FAIA - 1924/1926
Joseph G. Steinkamp, AIA - 1921/1924
Gustave W. Drach, FAIA - 1920/1921
John Zettel, AIA - 1919/1920
L. G. Dittoe, AIA - 1917/1919
Rudolph Tietig, AIA - 1916/1917
George M. Anderson, AIA - 1914/1916
A. O. Elzner, FAIA - 1912/1914
Rudolph Tietig AIA - 1910/1912
John Zettle, AIA - 1908/1910
George W. Rapp, FAIA - 1907/1908
Gustave W. Drach, FAIA - 1905/1907
George M. Anderson, AIA - 1903/1905
S. E. DesJardins, FAIA - 1902/1903
Gustave W. Drach, FAIA - 1900/1902
A. O. Elzner, FAIA - 1898/1900
Charles Crapsey, FAIA - 1896/1898
George W. Rapp, FAIA - 1894/1896
James W. McLaughlin, FAIA - 1891/1894
Samuel Hannaford, FAIA - 1889/1890
James W. McLaughlin, FAIA - 1886/1888
Albert C. Nash, FAIA - 1882/1885
James W. McLaughlin, FAIA - 1878/1881
A.C. Nash, FAIA - 1873/1877
James K. Wilson, AIA - 1872/1873
William Tinsley, FAIA - 1871/1872
James K. Wilson, AIA - 1870/1871