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Ayars Awarded ACHA Fellowship Status

William “Bill” Ayars, AIA, FACHA, MBA, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Perspectus has attained Fellowship status from the American College of Healthcare Architects. Fellowship is granted to ACHA Board-certified architects specializing in healthcare who have shown distinction in fulfilling an area of expertise as determined by the College’s Council of Fellows. Ayars was honored for advancing the standards of practice in healthcare architecture. The 2020 Fellows class will be formally inducted November 17, 2020, during the ACHA’s virtual Annual Meeting.

“During his 20 years of building an award-winning practice at Perspectus, Bill has mentored, motivated and provided the leadership to our firm to study and deliver design centered around the human experience,” said Salvatore Rini, AIA, Managing Principal of Perspectus. “All of us believe Bill earned this well-deserved recognition through sharing his personal insight into the care model and working so diligently to ensure we all help our clients use this for patient betterment.”

His knowledge and passion is to ensure students are ready to support the profession. Ayars served on the ACHA Jobs Analysis Study Committee in support of the Healthcare Architects Certification Examination Program. He also identified the need to develop the next generation of healthcare design architects. Working with the Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design, he supported the development of the Elliott Program for Master of Healthcare Design (MHD) and Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Systems and Facility Design.

As part of Perspectus, Bill leads the design and planning of community-based healthcare projects of all sizes and scope including the Cleveland Clinic Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute in Cleveland, Ohio and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center Wade Park Campus Basement and First Floor Consolidation.

He has spent 20 years overseeing the growth and strategic direction of Perspectus, and was principal in charge for the Cleveland Clinic, Department of Veterans Affairs, The General Services Administration, and Centers for Dialysis Care projects. Perspectus Architecture is currently the sixth largest architectural firm in northeast Ohio with 30 licensed architects and 47 total employees.

Ayars joins the ranks of 77 distinguished Fellows of the ACHA.

Bill Ayars Awarded 2020 AIA Ohio Public Service Award

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!

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Perspectus Architecture Evolves Firm Leadership

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.

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Perspectus Architecture co-founder Larry Fischer

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.

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Perspectus Architecture Managing Principals pictured left to right: Mike Lipowski, Sal Rini and Bill Ayars

“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.