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Perspectus Welcomes Two Team Members: Meet Vandana Sambangi and Andrew Swansiger

Perspectus Architecture is proud to welcome two new team members this summer, Vandana Sambangi and Andrew Swansiger. Vandana joins us as our new accounting manager overseeing the daily operations of the accounting department. Andrew joins us as an intern architect working towards his architecture license and is a recent graduate of Kent State University.

We thought we would introduce them both with a short Q & A!

Vandana Sambangi

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy seeing the financial aspect of things, so I like knowing how well the company is doing financially – providing feedback, offering insights to process improvements.

What are you most looking forward to at Perspectus?

I’m looking for a new challenge that can help me broaden my experience in accounting and finance. I believe this change of industry will do just that. With my skill set and experience, this would give me an opportunity to build new working relationships and learn new things.

Where is your hometown?

Cleveland, Ohio

What is your favorite way to spend your free time? What do you enjoy about it?

I love to cook. I wouldn’t call myself a master, but I can put some drool-worthy food on plate for my family every evening! I’m always looking for new recipes and new techniques to try out, which is so easy to do these days thanks to the Internet. I really like keeping my family guessing what’s the next masterpiece—or disaster—will be.

What is your personal philosophy?

My philosophy of life is: “Don’t make anything complex. Keep it simple and make it memorable.” Most importantly, live it each day. Our lives are filled with a constant stream of choices, so let’s make the best ones possible.


Andrew Swansiger

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I really enjoy being able to work with a team to come up with exciting and creative design solutions.

What are you most looking forward to at Perspectus?

I am really looking forward to the studio culture and being able to become an active member within the firm.

Where is your hometown?

New Middletown, Ohio.

What is your favorite way to spend your free time?

During my free time I enjoy sketching and playing hockey.

What is your personal philosophy?

If you aim high and miss that is okay…the fear should be if you aim too low and hit.

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Perspectus Architecture Welcomes Gwendolyn Frank to the Team!

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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.

Capybara

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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!

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Perspectus Architecture Welcomes Brian Broadus to the Team

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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!

Perspectus Promotes Four and Hires One

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!

Senior Living Architect Eileen Nacht joins Perspectus Architecture

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.

Senior Project Director Eileen Nacht

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).