MEMBER PROFILES

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Brad Ewing, Principal, Owner, Registered Architect at ESM Architects

Of your recent projects, which is your favorite and why?

Besides designing the company Christmas card every year which is always one of our favorite annual projects, I would say a custom home that is finishing up in Hyde Park is a favorite.  It’s been five years in the making and all of the hard work is coming together into a very satisfying and meaningful outcome.  I’ve been saying that when it’s all done it will look simple even though there has been a lot of inherent complexity to the project as we’ve gone along.  If it really does end up happening that it looks simple and like it was “meant to be,” then that will be one measure of the success of our contribution as the architects.  Certainly the Owner’s satisfaction with the finished project is always another obvious overall goal and motivation.

Who inspires you and how? 

My favorite living architect is Robert Stern.  I’ve always admired his work and his approach to design.  Truthfully the local residential architects in Cincinnati that I always refer to as “friendly competitors” inspire me and spur me on to keep working to elevate my own work.  It is this group that makes up CRAN Cincinnati and it always amazes me how many of us there are here in town successfully focusing on residential work.  There are some really good architects here and that’s good for all of us.

What does CRAN do?

Our goal in CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) is to promote the Architect’s role and involvement in the residential design and construction process.   This is achieved through an inward effort among local residential architects as we gather monthly to strengthen our skills and knowledge base and through an outreach effort of championing the skills and successes of local architects in residential design to the greater public.  We want to prepare and position ourselves to be the experts in residential architecture that others turn to for creative solutions, great design, and good relevant input about their houses based on our training and our experience. 

Who should get involved with CRAN? 

All are welcome and we only get stronger with more people involved and engaged.  Our history has been that of an active and well-attended group of professionals and associates all eager to promote the role of the architect in residential design.  Whether you are a sole proprietor who has been practicing for a while but have always known you could benefit from connecting with others in a similar role, or you are an architect currently practicing in the commercial world in a larger firm but have always been curious what it looks like to be an architect designing houses, CRAN would be a great place to start.    

How can AIA members get involved with CRAN?

A great first step is to join us at one of our monthly meetings (usually the first Tuesday, but in January, we’ve moved to the second Tuesday) to widen your network by meeting other residentially focused architects, and to sharpen your skills and broaden your knowledge base through the content and collaboration shared each month.  Another opportunity is to contribute some of your work to the CRAN Awards competition held each year.  This year entries are being accepted through February 29th and the Awards Banquet is April 2 at Music Hall.  Enter your work or just come to the April 2nd event to see some of the outstanding residential work being done in Cincinnati.

Couper Gardiner, Founding Director, m.Arch Inc

What is your favorite recent project and why? 

The Citizen-Driven NEP Tot Lot and Substation Improvement continues to connect a small group who share values from distinct backgrounds in a Cincinnati neighborhood with great potential, helping strangers visualize their goals, and affect concrete positive lasting change. Price Hill Will staff had already had serious fun side-by-side with Chas Wiederhold, David Corns, and me separately, when they asked us to partner on the neighborhood business district’s top priority—over what has turned out to be five years. They see us as creatively trusted additions to their team of city and business friends.

Who inspires you and why? 

Anita Brentley has not stopped building on her already incredible talents since I first heard her in 2012 on a panel about parent empowerment as the key to success for young children. Then, she was a local activist representing Children’s Hospital and Avondale at the Children’s Defense Fund’s national conference in Cincinnati. Between then, earning a Ph.D. last year, and now, she continues to partner creatively. For example, she works with volunteer parents across town building bonds with their neighbors while advancing community health, getting people paid (including for gaining math and reading skills), and supporting parents in discovering individual and family goals and working toward them. Even though we may be with each other rarely, my experiencing her ideas in action, repeatedly, gives me the sense that her faithful energy persists. 

What does your committee do?

The Urban Design committee, through meetings, workshops, and public forums, provides opportunities for AIA Cincinnati members to share informed viewpoints on specific urban planning projects, while increasing the role of AIA Cincinnati architects in the public/private sector decision-making process. Committee planning and programs continue the exchange of practices and ideas for architecture beyond individual buildings and client interests, with active partnering relationships that impact expected changes.

What kind of AIA members would you like to have involved with your committee? 

Urban Design committee events attract a good cross-section of practicing planners, designers, and architects, as well as a variety of allied design professionals and area citizens who see urban design as furthering larger scale work. Historically, members from chapter committees on Advocacy, CRAN, and Emerging Professionals have also been UDCers. Consistent AIA and UDC members enjoy relaxing together, expressing what they know through study and experience, listening, feeling challenged in facing real changes, and debating alternatives.

How can AIA members get involved with your committee?

Face-to-face is best, through our monthly meetings, regularly at CCAD on the second Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 pm. Our open salon-style conversations, every other month or so, reflect the interests and priorities of whoever’s with us in planning, and members are often the best provocateurs for these. Salons often lead to follow-on work with a few people afterwards, and sometimes lasting friendships. Community design workshop roles, every other year or so, typically involve up to a dozen architects as volunteers, from event planning and research with constituents, to working with student assistants on reference and follow-on graphics, and day-of work with participant groups. The AIA Cincinnati website offers examples of past events, as well as email connection to the UDC conveners. Invitations to UDC events are also emailed to anyone who asks to be on the UDC e-list.

Mark Streicher C3 Architecture & Design Ltd.

Mark Streicher, CEO President, C3 Architecture & Design Ltd. 

What is your favorite recent project and why? 

No favorites. Each project is unique, challenging, and usually rewarding in unexpected ways. 

What inspires you and why? 

I’m inspired by nature and naturally occurring examples of structural integrity, form, and function. 

What does your committee do? 

Cincinnati Canstruction® is a local event that is part of an international design-build competition. The committee usually meets via conference call a few times a year and is made up of AIA members, other design professionals, and Freestore Foodbank staff. We recruit teams from local firms to participate, promote the event on social media, and help find leaders for Strut the Structures tours. 

Who are the ideal AIA Cincinnati members to help with Canstruction? 

A good mix of all types of AIA Cincinnati members offers the best diversification of new ideas and problem solving. 

How can AIA Cincinnati members get involved with Canstruction? 

Contact me or Maridonna Wamsley. They can also still register their team to participate in the 2020 event (deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019).