August 2020 – Perspectus Architecture is thrilled to announce Managing Principal and Co-Founder Bill Ayars, AIA, ACHA, MBA has been awarded the 2020 AIA Ohio Public Service Award. This award is granted annually to an individual who has made a significant impact in his/her community, as well as to the profession, through public service.
“The AIA Ohio Board of Directors was impressed by Bill’s clear commitment and devotion to his community,” said AIA Ohio President, Mary Glowacki, AIA.
Recognizing a critical gap in access to support resources, Bill established The Emerald Jenny Foundation in 2016 with a mission to support people struggling with substance abuse disorders. Channeling his proven process for solving problems beyond design projects, he worked to launch a life-saving recovery tool that transcends the boundaries of his design portfolio. He understands from firsthand experience how overwhelming it can be to navigate resources and find treatment for a loved one in need. Ayars applied his design thinking to analyze and find a way to diminish the challenge that families face when afflicted by addiction. Originally expecting to just serve Clevelanders, the foundation’s success prompted the team to expand the website to Cuyahoga County, neighboring counties, and EJF soon became the official site referral for the State of Ohio with over 1,200 participating treatment centers. In just three years, The Emerald Jenny Foundation made a measurable impact on the nation’s fight against addiction.
We are grateful for the leadership that Bill brings to Perspectus – and our greater community – as he uses his passion and design thinking to solve difficult challenges. Congratulations, Bill!