OUR PHILOSOPHY REFLECTS OUR VALUES. WE STRIVE TO ACHIEVE QUALITY DESIGNS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO OUR COLLECTIVE WORK MOST IMPACTS BY EMPHASIZING COLLABORATIVE INTERACTION AND SPIRITED PARTICIPATION IN OUR PROCESS.
Alex believes great design enhances every project. His wide array of efforts and experience has gained him a holistic understanding of design, project implementation, detailing and communication with consultants, city officials, and most importantly, the client. His experience and passion for design led him to urban planning where he can practice his design beliefs at a neighborhood scale. As a project manager, urban designer and architect he has been involved with the creation of city master plans, mixed-use developments, redevelopment plans, large infrastructure projects and streetscape designs. He takes great pride in the relationships he has fostered with clients and his ability to earn a community’s trust throughout planning and design processes.
He believes that intelligent, effective and meaningful investments in public spaces and infrastructure have the ability to celebrate place, redefine a street or establish new identities. Many of the planning projects that he has facilitated have led to further investments in their communities. His approach centers on creating realizable initiatives that can be implemented immediately while building momentum and leading to change on larger scales.
August Fluker has been active in many of Cleveland’s neighborhoods through devoted civic and community participation for more than 30 years. As a principal of City Architecture, August is responsible for client development, project management and the administration and production of projects.
His experience affords him the technical knowledge and creative ability to approach architectural projects in a holistic manner; considering all scales of a project from building details to community context. His involvement in a multitude of project types from office renovations to large-scale residential developments has supported the diversity of services that City Architecture has been committed to providing throughout its existence.
August’s background includes extensive experience in neighborhood revitalization while working in the Hough neighborhood, Mercer Commons, Tremont Pointe and the Cedar Choice Neighborhood. He is passionate about amplifying diverse voices and creating change in our neighborhoods. As a volunteer on boards such as New Village Corporation, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland and AIA Cleveland’s Outreach Council, he has advocated for diverse representation. As a Believe in Ohio STEM Mentor, he has focused on exposing youth to opportunities in their communities and beyond.
As a principal, John leads projects through all phases of development. His ability to consider building relationships at an urban design scale, combined with a passion for excellent design and understanding of construction detailing, results in innovative solutions that complement their context through a contemporary design language. John’s project approach centers on interactions and collaboration with clients to ensure their needs, objectives and visions are realized throughout the design process, and ultimately, the initiative’s implementation. This holistic approach is a mainstay of City Architecture, and John works tirelessly to promote this process for the firm.
John’s personal and professional beliefs are well represented in his work and have helped shape the firm’s ongoing commitment of community development and neighborhood revitalization through exceptional planning, focused values and inspired architecture. John’s ability to solve problems and envision concepts at multiple scales has led to the development of award-winning projects, and he consistently challenges himself and his colleagues to provide every client with exceptional service and unique design solutions.
Benny has been an employee of City Architecture since its inception and has been recognized as an outstanding designer and project manager. Over the years, he has led a broad range of building projects including recreational centers, health care, housing design and planning, institutional work, offices, retail and city revitalization studies.
Benny has contributed a significant influence upon the design language, philosophy, planning strategies and quality control of City Architecture. He prides himself on design, production and management of projects from conception to construction completion on all projects he is involved in.
Katie joined City Architecture in 2012 to apply her passion for community-oriented architecture and urbanism. She enjoys the unique set of challenges that individual projects present and thrives on finding solutions that are not only clear and concise but bring the most value to a project. Katie is involved in master planning, urban design, all phases of project development, presentation delivery, and marketing, as well as scheduling, staffing, and project performance. Katie is a natural leader with a passion for making positive changes in her community, which is evident in her civic involvements and volunteerism.
Matt believes that every design problem presents unique challenges, and that those challenges demand design solutions that are innovative, unique and beautiful. Matt studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Other travels include Europe and South America absorbing culture, history and design. His talents have led him to be involved in the design process from conceptual design thru construction. Working on an array of project types from community centers, multifamily housing, mixed-use developments, and single-family residences, striving to creatively incorporate a culmination of experiences and passion for design, place, technology and history into every project.
Michelle is an urban designer and planner with significant experience in the development of neighborhood and city master plans, corridor studies, streetscape designs and the development of design standards. Her work is characterized by projects that seek to rebuild the urban core and elevate the quality of life for our communities. She believes that collaboration is key to the success of any project, and Michelle seeks to work with clients, the community and other design professionals in an open, respectful and interactive process.
As a project manager responsible for construction administration and the development of construction documents, Charles is actively involved in the technical development of City Architecture’s projects. Utilizing his extensive understanding of construction technologies, materials and systems, he oversees the work in the field to maintain a high standard of construction quality. Charles performs quality control reviews of City Architecture documents prior to their release for construction. During construction the timely processing of information is critical, and Charles is consistently commended by clients and contractors for his responsiveness and professionalism.
Mathew is utilizing his education and professional experience to enhance his overall architectural skill set in all aspects of the discipline, from field investigation to code review to building design and construction observation. His role on the City Architecture team has evolved to include project management and office leadership across multiple scales. With an interest in the contrast between historic and modern architecture and the impact historic preservation can have on the revitalization of a community, Mathew has managed a number of efforts utilizing historic preservation tax credits. As he pursues his architectural license, Mathew hopes to continue to enhance the greater Cleveland Community through both his professional work and as a resident of Cleveland’s WestEdge Neighborhood.
Since joining City Architecture in 2015, Erin has been involved in all phases of project development and marketing, and has been involved with a wide variety of project types and sizes. She is passionate about renovation projects and the ability to reuse existing infrastructure in new ways. Prior to joining City Architecture, Erin earned her education at Ball State University and Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative where she focused on renovations within urban settings. She has traveled extensively taking in the urbanism of different cities throughout the world and learning about the history of each city’s form. Erin has completed projects ranging from streetscapes and urban plazas to historic building renovations.
The unique challenge of finding elegant and practical solutions to architectural problems appeals to Gavin’s technically curious, puzzle-solving nature. A Cleveland native, Gavin has gathered an array of project experience including residential new construction and renovations (low income, market rate, historic, contemporary), corporate offices, military, institutional, public infrastructure, and hospitality. He received his architectural license in 2015, and has been a LEED AP since 2008.
Krysta believes in improving the overall health and well-being of individuals and communities through biophilically-conscious design, which incorporates nature and natural forms in the built environment. At City Architecture, Krysta rises to the challenge of looking at every project from different scales to develop creative design solutions. She is passionate about sustainability, and as a neighborhood planner, she is always looking for new ways to design and build thriving and sustainable communities for the people who live in them. As a homeowner and active member of her WestEdge neighborhood, Krysta is also personally invested in Cleveland's revitalization.
Since joining City Architecture in 2013, Tim has become increasingly involved in housing design and has worked on a number of low- to moderate-income housing projects. Tim developed an interest in urban residential projects after studying abroad in Florence, Italy and living in downtown Cleveland. Combined with an extensive background in urban design at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, he has gained an appreciation for creating mixed-use developments that create a sense of community and complement their surroundings. Tim is currently pursuing his architectural license. He has completed his hours in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and is currently taking the Architect Registration Examinations.
Casey is an architectural and urban designer, who is passionate about people-focused design that cultivates a sense of place and community identity. Her experience includes an array of projects in community planning, educational design, and historic renovations that she continues to build on. At City Architecture, Casey is involved in all aspects of project development, as she seeks to grow her knowledge and understanding of architecture and planning. Before joining the team, Casey earned her Bachelor’s degree at Ball State University and a dual Masters in Architecture and Urban Design at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. In her free time, Casey mentors high school students and enjoys exploring both urban and natural landscapes by bike or on foot.
As a designer with City Architecture, Kristi is involved in the existing conditions analysis of buildings, the development of conceptual design alternatives and the creation of construction documents for projects on a variety of different scales. As a recent graduate of Kent State University, she is excited to have the chance to contribute to the design of our neighborhoods and community. Her experiences at Kent State University’s Florence Center gave her the opportunity to see urban experiences around the world. The diversity of the field drew her to pursue architecture and she is excited to be designing for a diverse group of clients.
As a proud, long-standing member of the City Architecture team for 20 years, Christine makes sure all our t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted while truly ensuring the continued success of everything we do. Her crucial responsibilities, outgoing personality, and attention to detail ensure that the office is able to function with the greatest efficiency, organization, and friendliness possible. Going even beyond answering pressing firm questions, processing essential employee and project information, and running the show of our professional endeavors, she is the glue that keeps our team, our work, and our clients together at a level that transcends fundamental office responsibilities. City Architecture would not be the same without her as the administrative face of our office.
As a current graduate student at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, John is passionate about the changing urban environment in Cleveland. His personal interests include a focus on how “people-places” are implemented in architecture. He is involved in all aspects of project development including documenting existing conditions, conceptual design, design development, construction documents and is excited to see the projects he has worked on becoming a reality.
We combine transformative planning principles with creative architectural design to develop projects that engage their users and enhance their context. Our ultimate goal is to create places that add value to their neighborhoods, attract new activities and inspire their communities. We believe the most successful places are defined by the people that use them, and our work focuses on creating opportunities and environments that best serve them.
Because of this, City Architecture is committed to diversity in everything we do. We recognize that through more diverse practices, we can achieve success that serves our entire community and builds toward a more pluralistic society.
Creators who craft thoughtful, high quality projects and designs.
Dreamers who dare to challenge the status quo and collectively inspire change in our communities.
Doers who do not believe that solely creating a plan is a successful outcome, but rather delivering tangible and implementable next steps.
Innovators who seek creative solutions, sustainable measures and authentic, context-based approaches for our endeavors.
Engagers who integrate involvement in our design processes, encouraging meaningful conversations with the people and places with whom we work.