Meet Your 2019 Board

We’ve got some new faces on the board this year as well as some familiar ones. Our board this year has a mix of backgrounds, practice areas and interests and we wanted to take a few minutes to share some fun facts about ourselves with you!

President

Full Name: Allison Emma (Beer) McKenzie

Current Employer: SHP

Architecture Degree(s) Attained from (College/University):

BS Arch and Master of Architecture from University of Cincinnati

Favorite Studio Project from Your College Years:

Greenhills Public Library

Favorite Type of Building to Design:

I like the challenge of a messy renovation and the principle of reusing a building rather than starting from scratch. The projects I find most personally rewarding are typically educational in nature, because they have such a big community impact.

Favorite Building in Cincinnati:

Union Terminal – not just for the beautify of the building but also for my childhood memories of it as the museum center.

Favorite Architectural Style or Movement:

Modernism

Current Favorite Architect:

Le Corbusier

Random Fun Fact you want the membership to know:

My husband and I love watching live music, and we know a couple bands that we’ll often travel long distances to see.


Vice President

Full Name: Cynthia Williams

Current Employer: Cynthia Williams Architect

Architecture Degree(s) Attained From (College/University):

Master of Architecture from Harvard University

Favorite Studio Project from Your College Years:

a Church

Favorite Type of Building to Design:

Residential

Favorite Building in Cincinnati:

I have two at the moment: Hannaford’s City Hall, and Mark Dejong’s Swing House. The Swing House is a renovation of a very old three story row house in Camp Washington where the floors have been removed and a giant swing installed. It is a work of art and architecture and is a hidden gem in our city. Everyone should treat themselves to experience it during the limited times when it is open to the public.

Favorite Architectural Style or Movement:

I like them all!

Current Favorite Architect:

Too many to choose!

Random Fun Fact you want the membership to know:

I once fell about 30′ over the side of a cliff while hiking at the Red River Gorge, was carried out on a stretcher, sustained multiple injuries that required surgery, and have fully recovered. OR I can recite the names of all the US Presidents in chronological order.


Treasurer

Full Name: Jeffrey C. Raser

Current Employer: CUDA Studio

Architecture Degree(s) Attained from (College/University):

University of Cincinnati

Favorite Studio Project from Your College Years:

Adaptive Reuse of warehouse structure on Beekman Street South Fairmont

Favorite Type of Building to Design:

A neighborhood “main street” mixed-use building (although distilleries are fun too)

Favorite Building in Cincinnati:

The Times Star Building (800 Broadway)

Favorite Architectural Style or Movement:

Walkable Urbanism

Current Favorite Architect:

James Corner Field Operations

Random Fun Fact you want the membership to know:

In their lifetime, the average person will walk a distance that equals circling the Earth about five times.


Secretary

Full Name: Angela Mazzi

Current Employer: GBBN

Architecture Degree(s) Attained From (College/University):

Carnegie Mellon

Favorite Studio Project from Your College Years:

AIDS continuum of care housing in Boston

Favorite Type of Building to Design:

Healthcare

Favorite Building in Cincinnati:

Cincinnati Shakespeare

Favorite Architectural Style or Movement:

Techno Critical

Current Favorite Architect:

Marlon Blackwell Architects

Random Fun Fact you want the membership to know:

I am a certified feng shui practitioner


AIA Ohio Rep

Full Name: Michael R. Mauch, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Current Employer: RWA Architects, Inc.

Architecture Degree(s) Attained From (College/University):

BArch from the University of Cincinnati

Favorite Studio Project from Your College Years:

Thesis

Favorite Type of Building to Design:

House

Favorite Building in Cincinnati:

I can’t pick just one.

Favorite Architectural Style or Movement:

I like them all.

Current Favorite Architect:

Anyone at RWA.

Random Fun Fact you want the membership to know:

I don’t watch any sports on TV. 


Director

Full Name: Andreas Lange

Current Employer: PWWG

Architecture Degree Attained From (College/University): University of Cincinnati

Favorite Studio Project from Your College Years:

The Surreal Museum:

An Intervention for the Cincinnati Art Museum

Favorite Type of Building to Design:

Mixed-use and Historic

Favorite Building in Cincinnati:

Music Hall

Favorite Architectural Style or Movement:

Historic Renovations

Current Favorite Architect:

Sergison Bates

Random Fun Fact you want the membership to know:

I played one year of college baseball.


Director

Full Name: John Jaskiewicz Jr.

Current Employer:  MSA Design

Architecture Degree Attained From (College/University): 

BS Architectural Engineering Technology – U of Cincinnati | M.Arch – Virginia Tech

Favorite Studio Project from Your College Years:

My thesis – a Palliative Care Center in Iceland

Favorite Type of Building to Design: 

My dream project?  Something on Mars…any building type.

Favorite Building in Cincinnati: 

It’s a tie – The CAC and the Cincinnati Observatory

Favorite Architectural Style or Movement: 

Atomic Design

Current Favorite Architect: 

Bjarke Ingels and I.M. Pei

Random Fun Fact you want the membership to know: 

I’m a space/science nerd who loves to scavenge thrift stores for mid-century furniture/furnishings (it’s the thrill of the hunt).


Director

Full Name: Krutarth Jain

Current Employer: Champlin Architecture

Architecture Degree(s) Attained From (College/University):

CEPT, India and DAAP, University of Cincinnati

Favorite Studio Project from Your College Years:

Urban Design Studio OTR

Favorite Type of Building to Design:

Healing Spaces of all shapes and sizes (Healthcare Buildings)

Favorite Building in Cincinnati:

Union Terminal

Favorite Architectural Style or Movement:

Modern

Current Favorite Architect:

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Less is more)

Random Fun Fact you want the membership to know:

I never played Lacrosse but I enjoy coaching and spending time on field with my daughters


Associate Director

Full Name: Paul Karalambo

Current Employer: KARALAMBO Design+Planning Studio

Architecture Degree(s) Attained From (College/University):

Lawrence Technological University and University of Cincinnati

Favorite Studio Project from Your College Years:

I don’t really remember the details of the project, but I remember the team. It was a collaborative architecture project with two close friends at Lawrence Technological University. It was a great project where everyone felt like their ideas were in the final design.

Favorite Type of Building to Design:

Mixed-use projects. It is a great challenge to think about how parking, retail, restaurant, and apartments can all live together in one building.

Favorite Building in Cincinnati:

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Favorite Architectural Style or Movement:

Deconstructivism

Current Favorite Architect:

Rem Koolhaas

Random Fun Fact you want the membership to know:

I have come to love mixing work and family. My kids have traveled on business trips with me and come into the office while I work. My kids talk often about those trips and days in the office as being so much fun. I am usually asked  ‘When can I came into the office again?’ every month by my daughter.

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