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Awards and Recognition


We consider every project to be an opportunity. To rise above the norm. To move the design conversation to new places. To create spaces that are memorable not just for a moment, but forever. This vision for responsive architecture is continually recognized by our peers and clients. And it has earned us more than 250 design citations as well.

We have received more than 38 awards from the American Institute of Architects and 41 from the National Organization of Minority Architects. While the recognition we’ve received makes us immensely proud, it never overshadows our deep commitment to meeting the unique goals of each client. Our primary focus will always be to work collaboratively with clients from initial idea through construction to ensure their vision is met. This core belief, in our mind, is what sets us apart from the vast majority of award-winning design firms.

Industry Rankings

  • #1Columbus Business First, Top of the List: Architecture Firms, 2016
  • #1Columbus CEO, Best of Business 2016: Best Architectural Firm
  • #26Building Design & Construction, 2016 Giants 300 Report, Top Architecture Firms
  • #7Building Design & Construction, Sports Facility Giants, Top 50 Sports Facility Architecture Firms, 2016
  • #25Building Design & Construction, Top 130 Green Building Architecture Firms, 2016
  • #81Architectural Record, Top 300 Architecture Firms, 2016
  • #295ENR (Engineering News-Record), 2017 Top 500 Design Firms

Recent Awards and Citations

  • Award of Merit, Associated General Contractors
    Nashville International Airport, Express Valet, 2017
  • Award of Merit, Associated General Contractors
    MTSU Bell Building Renovations, 2017
  • Award of Merit, Associated General Contractors
    Volunteer State Community College Humanities Building, 2017
  • Excellence in Student-Centered Facilities, Association of College Unions International
    Winston-Salem State University Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center, 2017
  • Top Ten Award, Topping Out Award
    Parkland Health and Hospital System Sky Bridges, 2016
  • Merit Award, Illuminating Engineering Society Design Awards
    CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, 2016
  • Express Valet — Eagle Award, Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Tennessee Chapter
    Nashville International Airport, 2016
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, Middle Tennessee
    Meharry Medical College, The Cal Turner Center for Student Education, 2016
  • Merit Award, Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Tennessee Chapter
    MTSU Bell Building Renovations, 2016
  • Honor Award, National Organization of Minority Architects
    The Connor Group Corporate Headquarters, 2016
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, 2016
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    International African American Museum, 2016
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    District of Columbia Public Schools/DGS Paul L. Dunbar Senior High School, 2016
  • Outstanding Project, Learning by Design
    New Albany-Plain Local Schools New 1-8 Building, 2016
  • Outstanding Project, Learning by Design
    KIPP: Central Ohio Charter School, 2016
  • Outstanding Construction Award, The Associated General Contractors of America
    Parkland Hospital Sky-Bridges, 2015
  • Building the Circle Award, University Circle Inc.
    Cleveland Metropolitan School District School of the Arts, 2015
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, Columbus Chapter
    The Connor Group Corporate Headquarters, 2015
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, Columbus Chapter
    Columbus Metropolitan Library, Martin Luther King Branch, 2015
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    Meharry Medical College, The Cal Turner Center for Student Education, 2015
  • Honor Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    Purdue University, France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation, 2015
  • New Walls Category, Metal Construction New Building
    The Connor Group Corporate Headquarters, 2015
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, Ohio Chapter
    The Connor Group Corporate Headquarters, 2015
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, Indiana Chapter
    Purdue University, France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation, 2015
  • Gold Medal Award, American Institute of Architects, Indiana Chapter
    James T. Kienle, FAIA, 2015
  • Outstanding Indoor Sports Facilities Award, NIRSA (National Intramural Recreation Sports Association)
    Winston-Salem State University Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center, 2015
  • International Architecture Award, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum
    Purdue University France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation, 2015
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Steel Construction
    Columbus Hilton Hotel, Downtown High Street Bridge, 2015
  • Excellence Award for an Educational Facility, Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston
    Prairie View A&M Student Recreation Center
  • General Contractor New Construction Project, Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee
    Meharry Medical College, The Cal Turner Center for Student Education
  • Honorable Mention Award, Learning by Design Magazine
    Penn State University Intramural Recreation Building, Ph I
  • Facility Design Award, Association of College Unions International
    Purdue University France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation
  • Grand Price, Learning by Design
    Winston-Salem State University Donald Julian Reaves Student Activity Center, 2014
  • Presidential Citation in Sustainable Design, AIA Washington DC Chapter
    DC Public Schools Dunbar Senior High School, 2014
  • Award of Merit, Athletic Business Magazine
    Purdue University France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, 2014
  • Project of Distinction, Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)
    DC Public Schools Dunbar Senior High School, 2014
  • Collegiate Citation, American School and University
    Purdue University France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, 2014
  • Outstanding Design, American School and University
    Reynoldsburg City Schools Summit Road STEM Campus, 2014
  • Merit Award, AIA Georgia Chapter
    Nashville Music City Center, 2013
  • Grand Prize, Learning by Design
    DC Public Schools Paul L. Dunbar Senior High School, 2013
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    The Bank Phase 1, 2013
  • Honor Award, AIA Indiana Chapter
    The Learner Theater, 2013
  • American Architecture Award, European Centre for Architecture and the Chicago Athanaeum
    The Connor Group, 2012
  • Citation of Excellence, Learning by Design
    Albany State University Student Center, 2012
  • Facility Design Award, Association of College Unions International
    The Ohio State University Ohio Union, 2012
  • Design Excellence, National Organization of Minority Architects
    Cincinnati Public Schools Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education, 2012
  • National Preservation Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Community Properties of Ohio, 2011
  • Design Excellence, National Organization of Minority Architects
    City of Cincinnati Fire Station #51, 2011
  • Citation for Design Excellence, AIA Indianapolis Chapter
    City of Elizabethtown Historic State Theater, 2011
  • Honor Award, AIA Eastern Ohio Chapter
    Humility of Mary Health Partners St. Elizabeth Boardman Campus, 2010
  • Gold Citation, American School and University
    Ohio Dominican University Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, 2010
  • Honor Award, AIA Columbus Chapter
    Center for Civil and Human Rights Design Competition, 2010

Key Publications

  • “History Lesson,” Architectural Record, January 2014
  • “Theater Sings Its Own Tune,” Traditional Building, August 2012
  • “Dream to Reality, a School for the Arts,” Council of Educational Facility Planners International, 2010
  • “Student-Focused Centers Receive Recruitment Gold,” College Planning & Management, January 2010
  • “Minority Report: Breakthroughs and Obstacles,” Architectural Record, May 2009
  • “Entrepreneurial Innovation,” Fortune 500, May 2009
  • “Designing His Own Destiny,” MBE Minority Business Entrepreneur, March/April 2009
  • “The Changing Face of Diversity in the Architecture Industry,” American Institute of Architects’ AIArchitect, March 2009
  • “Power 100 Central Ohio Leaders Who Make Things Happen,” Smart Business, January 2009
  • “Black Architects: Embracing and Defining Culture,” Ebony, October 2005
  • “Breaking Down Barriers to Achieve Architectural Success,” Homes of Color, May/June 2005

Design Panels

  • National AIA Urban Design Program
  • Jacksonsville Library Design Competition, Jacksonville, Florida, Design Juror
  • Michigan AIA Design Award Program
  • Cleveland AIA Design Award Program
  • AIA Rochester Design Jury
  • Recreation Management Innovation Architecture Design Jury
  • Athletic Business Architectural Showcase Design Jury