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Perspectus Architecture Wins Three Awards at 2019 AIA Akron Design Awards

Perspectus Architecture was honored with three awards at the AIA Akron Design Awards held on September 12th at the Trailhead at Cascade Lofts. Two of our projects won awards in the following categories:

Honor Award: Summa Health – West Tower (Designed in collaboration with Hasenstab Architects)

Merit Award: The Woda Group – 43 Town Square (Lima Trust Company Building)

People’s Choice Award: Summa Health – West Tower

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Photography by Brad Feinknopf

See photos and learn more about the Summa Health West Tower project here.

43 Town Square at the historic Lima Trust Company Building

Exterior of 43 Town Square
Photography Credit: Scott Pease

The historic 1926 First National Bank and Lima Trust building, renamed as 43 Town Square, is located at the corner of West Market Street and North Main Street at 43 Town Square in Lima, Ohio. The 102,000-square-foot building was previously used as a bank, retail space, and offices, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by Weary & Alford of Chillicothe, Illinois, the building is characterized by its Commercial Style elements and features a limestone façade with limestone details typical of the Renaissance Revival. 

The goal was to convert the magnificent 12-story building into mixed-income family housing and commercial retail space.

Rehabilitation inside the building included maintenance and conservation of many historic design features including: plaster walls and ceilings; wood doors and trim; stone walls, wainscoting, and flooring; original leaded-glass windows; and numerous ornamental stairs and railings.

The historic Director’s Room’s original features were restored. The space is now a community space for residents of 43 Town Square.
Photography Credit: Scott Pease

The grand lobby especially, retained many original attributes including the bronze bank teller windows and marble partitions; decorative and coffered plaster ceiling; wrought iron chandeliers; and a magnificent two-story stained-glass window.

Restored bronze bank teller window located in the grand lobby of 43 Town Square.
Photography Credit: Scott Pease

In addition to the extensive rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the interior, the exterior of the building was also restored. Exterior work included:

  • Introduction of a covered pedestrian walkway connecting to the adjacent parking garage.
  • Isolated masonry repairs including repointing, replacement of cracked brick, and stone patching.
  • Full restoration of cast iron and bronze windows.

Wayne Agency Co. Building Awarded at Cleveland Restoration Society’s Celebration of Preservation

May 23, 2019 – The annual Celebration of Preservation awards took place at the beautifully restored Ohio Theater last night! The event, hosted by AIA Cleveland/Akron and the Cleveland Restoration Society, recognizes outstanding historic preservation projects throughout the region. Perspectus Historic Architecture and building owner Keith Saffles of Crooked River Holdings were honored with the “Main Street Rehabilitation” award for their work on the Wayne Agency Building in Cuyahoga Falls.

When the Wayne Agency Building was originally constructed in 1922, its prominent Front Street address positioned it right along the main artery of commerce for downtown Cuyahoga Falls. In the late 1970s, Front Street was converted into a pedestrian mall, and the building, along with the rest of the block, fell victim to vacancies as businesses flocked to increasingly popular indoor malls.

The historic rehabilitation of The Wayne Agency Building was only one component of a much larger community effort by the city of Cuyahoga Falls to stimulate economic development and bring new retail to the Downtown Historic District. Building owner Keith Saffles is committed to the growth of the city and has filled the building with local Cuyahoga Falls small-business tenants. The newly restored first floor retail spaces are currently occupied by the Yum Yum Sweet Shop, Pav’s Creamery and Good Co. Salon. The spaces on the upper floor are now home to a music school and various business offices.

The overwhelming success of the building’s restoration has inspired a cascade of restoration and redevelopment projects on historic Front Street, which has since been restored to its original use as the main thoroughfare of historic downtown Cuyahoga Falls.

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Principal Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, Recognized as 2019 Crain’s Notable Women in STEM Recipient

February 2019 – Perspectus Architecture is proud to announce that our own Principal Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, has been selected as a 2019 Crain’s Notable Women in STEM. In addition to being incredibly well-deserved, this recognition is also particularly significant as architecture was just recently added as an official STEM Subject as of July 31, 2018.

Congratulations, Elizabeth! Thank you for your leadership and mentoring both within our firm and in the architecture industry.

The article below was originally published in Crain’s Cleveland Business.


Elizabeth Corbin Murphy
Principal, Perspectus Architecture

Most recent education: Master of architecture, Kent State University

Elizabeth Corbin Murphy develops processes and technologies to evaluate structures and materials so they may be authentically restored and renovated.

In addition to navigating the merger between her firm, one of the oldest women-led architectural practices in Ohio, with Perspectus Architecture, she is also a professor of practice at Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Kathleen Crowther, president of the Cleveland Restoration Society, said Corbin Murphy is a renowned heritage architect throughout the Midwest.

“Elizabeth is a leading advocate for excellence in urban planning, retrofitting of existing buildings, sensitivity in design so that it can lift the entire community, and, of course, the restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of historic buildings,” Crowther said.

Corbin Murphy also is known for her veracity.

In 2015, she was named Woman of the Year for Integrity by the Summit County Women’s History Project and earned the American Institute of Architects Ohio Gold Medal in 2014. She also serves on the board of directors for the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“We can have confidence in the wise, thoughtful and courageous voice she brings to the often-challenging issues of the day. Her moral commitment to do good is unparalleled,” said Terry Welker, AIA fellow and chief building official for the city of Kettering.

Originally published in Crain’s Cleveland Business.

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Adam Yaracs, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB Receives 2019 AIA National Young Architects Award

February 2019 – Perspectus Architecture is proud to announce that Project Manager Adam Yaracs, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB has been selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as a recipient of the 2019 Young Architects Award. This prestigious award honors individuals nationwide who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers and within the first 10 years of achieving licensure. Adam will be presented with the Young Architect award on June 6th at the 2019 AIA National Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas and will be featured in February’s issue of Architect Magazine.

“To be selected as a recipient of the AIA National Young Architect Award is an overwhelming honor. Being recognized by the College of Fellows and by your peers as a leader and as someone who has made significant contributions to the profession is humbling,” says Adam.

He continues, “To me, receiving this award reinforces the importance of becoming a multifaceted professional and stresses the value of giving back to the profession. Using the many individuals who have mentored me through the early stages of my career as an example, this award exemplifies my commitment to continue to practice thoughtful, sustainable architecture, lead by example and mentor young professionals and the next generation of leaders.”

Nominated by the AIA Cleveland Chapter, this honor speaks highly of Adam’s continued commitment to the profession and his initiative as a leader within the design community. These qualities are demonstrated through Adam’s involvement in the AIA Cleveland Chapter, as an educator at Kent State University, a mentor to architecture students and young professionals, and within our own team at Perspectus designing outstanding work for our clients.

“This is exciting news. I couldn’t be prouder of the accomplishments Adam has achieved,” says Managing Principal and Perspectus Architecture founder Bill Ayars, AIA, ACHA. “This is a well-earned honor and I’m extremely proud of his success.”

Adam’s career has advanced at a rapid pace since his start as an intern architect. He humbly admits that his experiences working at several respected national and local design firms have greatly influenced his career trajectory. At each of these firms, his creativity, high design intelligence and keen ability to understand the client have made him a highly valued team member. Adam has played a key role on many AIA design award-winning projects including a university social sciences center, a performing arts center and music education building, and most recently, the Gleneagles Golf clubhouse and community center in Twinsburg, Ohio to name a few.

The Gleneagles Golf clubhouse and community center earned the People’s Choice Award in the architecture category at the 2018 AIA Cleveland Design Awards.

Motivated by designing community spaces

Creating spaces that build community is the overarching design philosophy that Adam strives to apply in all his work, regardless of project type. A community can be identified by its people, and the buildings that they work, live, and play in. Responsible architecture that provokes the importance of the human experience will promote a community’s identity and health.

To Adam, thoughtful design that strengthens the community and enhances the quality of life is the responsibility of all architects – and everyone is worthy of it.

“My goal is to introduce and practice good design principles to each project, independent of who the client is, the project type, or the budget.”

Building community through mentorship

Helping to shape his success are the handful of mentors Adam feels fortunate to have in his life and professional career. Those mentors include: Steve Kordalski, AIA, Jack Bialosky Jr., FAIA, Robert Maschke, FAIA, Aaron Hill, AIA, Tim Hawk, FAIA, Jodi van der Wiel, AIA, Larry Fischer, AIA, Bill Ayars, AIA, Dave Robar, AIA, Allan Renzi, AIA, and Charles Belson, AIA.

“I have always been surrounded by strong team members and mentors who have played an enormous role in supporting me and offering career advice,” he says.

He credits his mentors who encouraged him to get involved with the local design community at an early stage of his career and to pursue his desire to teach.

Because of the positive and fruitful relationships he has had with his own mentors, he now chooses to share his knowledge and experiences by educating and mentoring young students at his alma mater, the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He emphasizes that the choice to become a mentor is the one of the most important decisions a design professional can make in his or her career.

“My mentors have supported me through milestones such as graduate school, achieving my architectural license, leading the local design community as AIA Cleveland President, and pursuing career opportunities,” he recalls.

“To be able to navigate these challenges and to find some level of success in your own career, encourages and motivates you to help those who are just beginning to pursue their own journey to become a design professional. Teaching at Kent State University has provided me with a platform to do just that,” where he teaches a First Year Foundations design studio, a Professional Practice Portfolio workshop, participates in the scholarship review committee, and leads as the faculty advisor to the American Institute of Architects Students (AIAS) Kent State Chapter.

A leader in the design community

Adam is heavily involved as a leader in the design community through his involvement with AIA. In 2017, at just 34-years-old, Adam served as the AIA Cleveland Chapter President. As President, he led key communication initiatives like the implementation and expansion of a weekly e-newsletter, increasing the chapter’s social media presence, adding a storefront projection system to the chapter office, and creating a new chapter website.

During his term, the chapter experienced record growth in chapter development and membership. He worked with board members to establish the annual AIA Cleveland Kent State University Scholarship Fund and worked with the University to increase student participation and inclusion within the chapter. In addition, Adam chairs the annual Design Cruise Line networking event and the Cleveland Design Awards where he has continued work to grow the awards program to include over 500 attendees.

Continuing his leadership for AIA Cleveland after his presidency, Adam was elected in 2017 to a two-year term as the Director of Communications.

Because of this unrelenting dedication and service to the architecture community, he has been recognized by AIA Cleveland with several individual awards. Adam was honored with his first Presidential Citation in 2011, the Chapter Activism Award in 2013, and was just honored with a second Presidential Citation at the 2018 AIA Cleveland Design Awards.

The 2019 AIA National Young Architects Award is only the latest addition to his growing collection of achievements.

Only the beginning

If the last 10 years are any indication, Adam shows no signs of slowing down. We at Perspectus Architecture are so proud to see Adam recognized with the AIA Young Architects Award and to have him on our team.

Congratulations, Adam!  We can’t wait to see what you do next. 


To read the article published by AIA National on Adam’s selection as a recipient of the 2019 Young Architects Award, click here.

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Adam Yaracs, AIA Receives Presidential Citation at 2018 AIA Cleveland Design Awards

Perspectus Architecture is proud to share that project architect Adam Yaracs, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB was honored with the AIA Cleveland Presidential Citation at this year’s Design Awards. 2018 AIA Cleveland President Allan Renzi, AIA recognized Adam’s outstanding service to the AIA, as well as his dedication and commitment to the success of AIA Cleveland as a Chapter President, Communications Director, Kent State AIAS Chapter Advisor and Chair of AIA Cleveland Design Awards.

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Pictured left to right: Adam Yaracs, AIA; Allan Renzi, AIA
Photo Courtesy of John Biliboaca Photography

The Presidential Citation is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond to bring awareness to the chapter and further emphasize the importance of giving back to the architectural profession. The Presidential Citation is granted each year at the discretion of the acting Chapter President.

Congratulations, Adam on your achievement!

About the AIA Cleveland Design Awards:
Each year, AIA Cleveland recognizes excellence in design by inviting local firms to submit their best work to be reviewed by nationally renowned juries from all over the country. on Friday, November 2nd, 500 members from the local design community gathered at the Westin Cleveland Downtown to celebrate this year’s award winners. This year’s Jury Chair and Keynote speaker was Matthew Kreilich, FAIA from Snow Kreilich Architects. Snow Kreilich Architects was the recipient of this year’s AIA National Architecture Firm Award. More information about AIA Cleveland can be found at: https://www.aiacleveland.com/

Perspectus Architecture honored at 2018 Weatherhead 100 awards

December 2018 – We are proud to announce that Perspectus Architecture is an award recipient of the 2018 Weatherhead 100 awards! This is the eighth time we have been honored as a Weatherhead 100 company; previous years include 2008-2010, 2012-2013, 2016 and 2017. Established more than 30 years ago and administered by the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, The Weatherhead 100 awards is an annual celebration of the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio based on sales growth in the past five years.

The award ceremony was held on Thursday, November 29, 2018at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Click here to read the full list of 2018 Weatherhead 100 companies.

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Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University Wins Brick In Architecture Award

July 2018 – We are proud to announce that the Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University won the 2018 Brick In Architecture bronze award in the category for Higher Education.

Perspectus Architecture served as Architect of Record on the project, with Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects as Design Architect.

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Each year, the Brick Industry Association (BIA) “honor outstanding, innovative and sustainable architecture that incorporate clay brick products as the predominant exterior building or paving material.”

Judged by a jury of independent design professionals, 19 projects were selected and “awarded five Best in Class, five Gold, five Silver and four Bronze awards from 88 total entries,” according to a press release issued by BIA.

The full list with details of winning projects is available on ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architecture website.

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Image Credit: Brick Industry Association
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Perspectus Project Wins Award At Celebration of Preservation

Perspectus Project for City of Massillon Honored With Excellence in Preservation Education Award

May 23, 2018 – Perspectus Historic Architecture, Chambers, Murphy & Burge Studio, was recognized last night at the Celebration of Preservation hosted by AIA Cleveland and the Cleveland Restoration Society for their work on Design Guidelines for the Massillon Downtown Historic District. The project won the award for Excellence in Preservation Education.

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Principals Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, Larry Fischer, and Peter Bohan attended last night’s event. Design Guidelines provide citizens and property owners with the historical context of their community and illustrate the types of buildings that represent the city’s unique past and instill a sense of pride. The Guidelines highlight different types and styles of buildings found in the community and describe the historic values, influences, and features that are associated with each. Describing proper maintenance of historic materials, the Guidelines provide helpful information to property owners on metal work, brick and stone masonry, windows and doors, and roofing and rainwater systems.

For more on Design Guidelines, click here.