Perspectus Architecture is proud to welcome our newest team member, Gwendolyn Frank! She recently graduated from Kent State University with a Master of Architecture. She joins us as an intern architect and hopes to one day be a proud pet-parent for the world’s largest (perhaps cutest?) rodent, the capybara.
We thought we would introduce her with a short Q&A to help everyone get to know her.
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Westerville, Ohio, but have lived around different parts of Ohio.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Exploring a new place or having a new experience is something I value greatly.
Who or what inspires you most?
Family has always been a large source of my inspiration.
What are you most excited about as you begin your career?
I am most excited to continue learning, and specifically learning in a professional setting. School and the profession offer quite different learning opportunities.
If I weren’t an architect I would be….
I never had a backup option, but I suppose it would have something to do with art and history.
What’s the coolest place you’ve ever been? Where do you want to travel to most and why?
I was fortunate to travel to Italy during school, and my most memorable moment was sitting overlooking the city from the Florence Opera. I could see my next big adventure being Barcelona to see Sagrada Familia.
Favorite TV show/movie?
Movies, I enjoy old Hollywood films and for TV I am happy when a new season of Project Runway starts.
Is there something not many people know about you?
I have an affinity for unique animals and really would love to have a capybara someday.
The age-old Cleveland question: East Side or West Side?
I live on the East Side but more often on the West Side in my spare time.
Cavs or Indians?
Indians for sure!
Dogs or Cats?
Dogs. I grew up fostering puppies for the humane society and hope to have a chance to sometime in the future.
Welcome to the team, Gwendolyn! We’re so glad to have you here!
Since 2001, Perspectus Architecture co-founder Larry Fischer, AIA, ACHA, NCARB has served as Managing Design Principal alongside longtime friend and colleague, Bill Ayars, AIA, ACHA, MBA. On September 12, 2018, Larry will be transitioning into a new role as Chairman of the firm’s Board of Advisors.
Larry’s distinguished career as a prominent specialist in healthcare design spans more than 43 years. He is a registered architect in 21 states and one of just 40 architects in Ohio to achieve Board Certification from the American College of Healthcare Architects. Over the course of his tenure, Larry has led major projects from master planning to implementation for more than five million square feet of healthcare facilities.
Larry builds relationships through exceptional service, dedication, and honesty. This approach, combined with his depth of expertise, has led the firm in establishing many high-profile clients. Under Larry’s leadership, the firm has grown to include more than 50 staff members practicing within eight markets covering Healthcare, Education, Senior Living, Historic, Civic & Government, Hospitality, Laboratory and Commercial architecture.
Larry and Bill’s vision for Perspectus Architecture was to leave a design legacy that would outlast them through a culture of transparency and mutual trust. Over the last 17 years, the firm has been recognized as a national leader in transformational healthcare architecture.
“Since the beginning, Larry has been key in developing our culture, branding, and the markets we do work in. He has helped create a culture of growth where the firm leadership is continually training and developing their successors,” says Perspectus Architecture Managing Principal and co-founder Bill Ayars. Bill goes on to say that Larry has a keen ability to “cut through the noise” to find solutions.
Team building is something that has always been important to Larry, as he believes that every team member plays a role in developing client relationships. By removing hierarchy of communication, Larry has instilled a culture of openness and collaboration both with clients and within the firm itself.
“Besides our staff being exceptional at what they do, much of the success of the firm comes from forming relationships with clients that go beyond professional and develop into true friendships,” says Larry.
Passing the Torch
On September 12, Principals Salvatore Rini (“Sal”), AIA and Michael Lipowski (“Mike”), AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, CDT are assuming new roles as Managing Principals with Bill. Sal and Mike have been key parts of the firm’s leadership team since the early years.
“They’re active examples of the firm’s culture of honesty, openness and transparency. They’re really good at what they do and will help us get to the next growth phase as a firm,” says Bill of Sal and Mike.
Sal Rini joined Perspectus in 2007 and is a seasoned and creative architect with more than 28 years of experience under his belt. Sal is driven and extremely passionate about architecture and design. His project portfolio encompasses the planning, programming and design of healthcare, education, and government facilities. He loves designing complex structures and knowing that he is positively impacting the people who use the spaces. Sal currently serves as lead architect for Summa Health System’s new West Tower that is scheduled for completion in 2019. He also plays an active role mentoring young architects in the office, supporting their efforts and challenging them to continually improve.
Mike Lipowski has more than 23 years of experience providing exceptional technical design development, construction document and administrative leadership for healthcare, educational and corporate clients. Mike’s background is highly specialized in technical equipment installations and project implementation. Since joining Perspectus in 2003, he has been instrumental in building an exceptional list of clients that include many world-class healthcare institutions.
“Sal and I are very excited to build upon the strong foundation that Larry and Bill have established and intend to expand our existing services within our multiple market sectors,” says Mike, “It is truly amazing what Perspectus has accomplished in less than 2 decades and we look forward to help shape the future of this firm.”
The Road Ahead
The leadership transitions here at Perspectus signal exciting times ahead for us. They come at a pivotal point for the firm as it continues to grow and evolve towards its mission of exceptional design and service.
July 2018 – Perspectus Architecture is proud to welcome Brian Broadus, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to our team.
Broadus brings over 30 years of experience in historic architecture and a reputation of strong project management and design skills. His skills and experience add great value to our firm as we continue to grow our historic and education studios. In his new role at Perspectus, Broadus will design and manage restoration and adaptive reuse projects of all building types including higher education projects.
Throughout his career, Broadus has worked on multiple award-winning projects including the relocation and restoration of the 1858 Student Infirmary at the University of Virginia, the restoration of the 1844 Lexington Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Virginia, and the Walter L. Rice Education Building at Virginia Commonwealth University. Broadus formerly served as a member of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and looks forward to joining similar organizations in Cleveland and Ohio.
Broadus received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and his Master of Architecture and Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia. Most recently, Broadus was a Senior Project Manager with ThenDesign Architecture.
When asked what inspires him, Broadus says, “Considering architecture’s role in the city and as a political act. I enjoy seeing the virtuoso work of earlier architects and builders, understanding construction and maintenance in its full cultural context. I embrace architectural preservation as part of keeping up community life and identity, so work that succeeds in accomplishing that task excites me to try and equal it.”
Welcome to Perspectus, Brian! We’re proud to have you on our team!
July 2018 – We are so proud to announce that Megan Haftl has accomplished all requirements to become an officially licensed architect! Throughout her journey, Megan has succeeded in each stage of qualification, including passing all divisions of the Architect Registration Exam.
Pictured Left to Right: Chris Dohar, Natalie Shellhorn, Tyler Middendorf
June 2018 – We are so proud to announce that Chris Dohar, Natalie Shellhorn, and Tyler Middendorf have recently accomplished all requirements to become officially licensed architects! Throughout their journeys, Chris, Natalie, and Tyler have succeeded in each stage of qualification, including passing all divisions of the Architect Registration Exam.
We are excited to welcome (back) architectural intern Sam Losi and interior design intern Katie Wills to Perspectus for the summer.
Sam previously interned with Perspectus over his winter break this past year. He just completed his first year at Carnegie Mellon University where he is studying architecture.
Katie also previously interned with Perspectus over her winter break. She is a rising senior at Kent State University where she is majoring in interior design and just completed her spring semester abroad in Florence, Italy.
We thought it would be a good idea for everyone to get to know Sam and Katie a little bit, so we did a Q & A with them.
What about architecture/interior design gets you excited?
(Sam) I really enjoy the idea of my future work ‘living’ longer than I do. Someday I want my grandchildren or great-grandchildren to walk into a space I designed and think to themselves “My Pop-pop made this.”
(Katie) There are so many things about interior design that excite me. Mainly all of the possibilities that this field has to offer. I am interested in sustainable design and green design because there is still so much to be discovered. With new innovations in interior design being developed all of the time, it is an exciting time to be in the field. I really enjoy and get excited about being able to change people’s lives and help people visions become a reality.
Who is your favorite architect/interior designer?
(S) My favorite architect is Louis Kahn. I recently had the chance to visit Rochester, New York and, while there, was privileged to experience the interior spaces of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester. The monumental feeling conveyed by Kahn in the church’s congregational hall has stuck with me.
(K) I don’t have one favorite architect or interior designer. But I just got back from studying abroad in Florence, Italy and the architecture was incredible. It was fascinating to see all of the structures and details that are still intact today. It seemed like everywhere you look there is something to see and it is amazing how innovative the designers were and it was all hand built.
What have you always wanted to try and never did?
(S) I have always wanted to try to fly a plane. As a little kid, the giant flying machines amazed me and I’ve dreamt of flying one ever since.
(K) I have always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride or go bungee jumping.
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
(S) My cats. I have had at least one as long as I can remember, and they have a special place in my heart. Angel, the elder of the two, is 18 years old and is blind and deaf. Patches, the younger, is 8 and really fat. They’re great.
(K) I can’t live without coffee or tea. I drink one or the other all day long.
Anything else we should know about you?
(S) I almost always have interesting socks on. I started collecting them a few years ago and it has gotten to the point where it takes longer for me to decide what pair of socks to wear than it does what shirt. It’s a bit quirky, I know.
(K) Interesting fact- I collect coffee cups. Also, I love to skydive and paraglide.
May 29, 2018 – Perspectus Architecture has recently promoted four team members and hired one.
Natalie Ata has been promoted to Director of Marketing.
McKensey Seher has been promoted to Marketing Associate.
In addition to his role as a Senior Project Director, Eric Lahrmer, AIA, NCARB, has also been promoted to Director of Architectural Operations.
In addition to his role as a Project Director, David Thompson, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, NCARB, has also been promoted to Director of Design.
Additionally, Perspectus welcomes the third Natalie on our team and second Natalie in our marketing department, Natalie Pike. Natalie has joined our marketing department as our Communications Associate. Welcome, Natalie P!
Perspectus Architecture is pleased to announce that Eileen Nacht, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, one of the region’s leading senior living architects, has joined the full-service architectural firm as Senior Project Director.
With more than 25 years of experience, Eileen is a seasoned architectural professional who manages concept, design, budgeting and development for multi-million dollar clients. Her portfolio includes complex, multifaceted projects specific to senior living, encompassing the full continuum of care, including master planning for new construction and renovation of existing communities. Eileen has worked with senior living communities in Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida as well as several VA Medical Center Community Living Centers.
Supervising projects from concept design through post occupancy, Eileen is committed to expanding Perspectus’ capabilities and applying an evidence-based process to the design and development of healing environments for senior living and healthcare.
“We continually strive to attract the best talent, and Eileen excels in leading architectural and engineering project teams,” said Jim Wallis, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, Principal of Perspectus Architecture. “We’re thrilled to have her on board to elevate our programming process for all project types, especially those focused on person-centered care.”
A resident of Pepper Pike, Ohio, Eileen earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Cincinnati and is a registered architect in the State of Ohio. A member of AIA, Eileen is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds Evidence Based Design Accreditation Certification (EDAC).