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Michael Baumberger is the founding principal of BA Workshop in Columbus and is on the auxiliary faculty of the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Baumberger earned his master of architecture from Yale University and a bachelor of science in architecture from The Ohio State University. Prior to founding BA Workshop, Baumberger worked with Thomas Beeby at HBRA Architects in Chicago for seven years. During this time Baumberger was involved in a number of residential and institutional projects around the country. He was also design strategist for think/thing, an industrial design startup, where he developed highly interactive children's toys.


Blostein/Overly Architects, a small design practice that is both nimble and highly exploratory, was founded by Beth Blostein and Bart Overly in 2002. Their diverse skills and interests—in tandem with the economy of their practice—allow them to deliver exceptional design to projects with complex constraints and conditions. The partners of BL/OV have lectured or exhibited work at the Center for Architecture in New York, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. Their design work has been featured in publications including Architectural Record, Metropolis, d'Architecture, and ArtNews.


Neal Clements was born in Columbus and earned his BA in architecture with a minor in landscape architecture at Miami University in 2002. Highlights of his undergraduate education included work with Miami's Over-the-Rhine Design/Build Studio in Cincinnati, and he was a finalist at the 2002 IWWF Student Furniture Design Competition in Atlanta. He received his master’s degree in architecture from The Ohio State University in 2009. During his time at Ohio State, his work primarily focused on residential architecture, highlighted by his involvement with the design and construction of Ohio State's 2009 Solar Decathlon entry, Solar House I, which was published in Phyllis Richardson's 2011 book Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings.


DesignGroup is a professional design firm with offices in Columbus and Covington, Kentucky, with projects throughout the United States. DesignGroup professionals provide services in architecture, interior design, planning and programming, graphics, sustainable design, building information modeling, and LEED program management. As leaders of the built environment, DesignGroup creates compelling and sophisticated designs enhanced with strong process leadership and solid project management. DesignGroup's professionals use the industry's most advanced electronic design tools to improve and enhance the client experience throughout the course of a project. Additionally, the firm brings a strong emphasis on sustainable design to all of its projects.


Jonathan Barnes earned a bachelor's degree in environmental design from Miami University and a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He began work in Chicago in 1986 as an architect with Skidmore Owings & Merrill. In 1990, Barnes relocated to Milan, Italy, to work with the famous Italian architect and designer Michele De Lucchi on numerous projects throughout Europe. Barnes returned to Columbus in 1993 and formed Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design. JBAD is a highly acclaimed firm that has been involved in a variety of project types in the Midwest.


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