Retail facade remodel

Elevation view of an un-built shopping center facade remodel in Dublin, Ohio. The building this was proposed for is a typical, late 80s, suburban retail strip. The area around it is being redeveloped into a dense, walkable district. Our goal with the project was to create a more varied and interesting pedestrian streetscape. Unfortunately the client decided to take a different direction.

I provided schematic design and renderings- 2015 Ford & Associates Architects.

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dublin facade remodel

Rent check doodles part 1

When we moved into our current apartment in the Short North, we bought a washer-dryer machine from the previous tenants of our place. It’s a 3rd floor walk up with a maze-like set of stairs, so it was easier for them to just leave it in the flat and sell it to us. They stopped by on a hot afternoon while we were moving in, dripping in sweat, to collect the payment for the washer-dryer. We got to talking about the apartment, of course, and their nostalgia for the old walls mingled with our fresh excitement for arranging our belongings in a new light-filled space. They told us they had become good friends with the landlord by drawing little pictures on the envelope when they paid rent. I really took to this idea, and I picked up the practice where they left off. Except for (I think) one month, we’ve given our landlord a tiny piece of art each month that we’ve been here. Typically I like to draw the buildings in our neighborhood- especially the ones they own. Partially because of my predilection for architecture, and partially because our landlord is basically responsible for the resurgence/establishment of our neighborhood. I like the idea of living in the arts district and generating these little bits of art each month. It’s a good ritual. Here’s part 1 of my collection of rent check doodles.

Sanborn Building

Sanborn Building

High St & Buttles Ave

High St & Buttles Ave (I drew the building on the left, Rebecca drew the right)

Paradise Garage

Paradise Garage

Columbus skyline

Columbus skyline

Hubbard School

Hubbard School

Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse

Design proposal for a roof top garden


Ford & Associates Architects | Columbus, Ohio

The client for this project is constructing a new mixed use, luxury co-op building. They expressed interest in the possibility of creating a roof garden and asked for a design solution. The criteria were a space for a formal dining table, a cooking and prep station, an area for viewing football games on a big screen TV, a fire pit, ample storage, and space to entertain guests.

planbOne of the challenges of this project was to design a space to house all the activities within a limited footprint. The garden takes up less than 20% of the available space on the roof. Another problem was the need to screen nearby mechanical units both visually and due to noise. Finally, nothing built on the roof could extend beyond the height of the stair enclosure.



I designed a series of outdoor rooms organized by planter boxes. The shrubs, ferns, trees, and ornamental grasses would screen the mechanical units from view and help muffle sound (both from the HVAC system and the city noise below). A cedar wall also helps reflect the noise at the cooking station which is closest to the mechanical units.


Starting with the dining area, the focal point is a large rustic farm table to seat up to 10. Built in cedar-topped benches surrounding the perimeter of the dining area provide extra lounge seating for guests and storage for cushions underneath. This space is great for casual conversation and drinks with a beautiful skyline view.


Large comfortable outdoor furniture to was used to define a “living room” space; anchored by a modern-style gas powered fire pit. The big screen TV is tucked into a large built-in which provides even more storage options as well as framing in the access stair. With this configuration, no space was wasted.


Finally, a wrap around outdoor kitchen let’s you barbeque without missing a moment of action on the TV. It also features a small sink, mini fridge, cabinet space, and handy access to the trash chute.


Our client was really pleased with what we came up with. The final design is open but also has plenty of cozy nooks. We were able to pack a lot of program into an organized plan that feels bigger than it actually is.