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Ask an Architect: “How much is this gonna cost?”

With budgets stretched thin and the value of a dollar ever in flux, it should come as no surprise that the question, “How much is this gonna cost?” is one our architects hear a lot. When we hear “How much is this gonna cost?” our honest, initial answer is, “Well, it all depends.” One of the […]
February 17, 2022 - Article

Learnings from The Arlitt Studio Project

The Arlitt Center for Education, Research and Sustainability is part of the School of Education within the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. It houses the Arlitt Child Development Center, one of the oldest laboratory preschools in the nation. And, thanks to a collaboration between center staff and […]
February 2, 2022 - Article

Strengthening a Community: Designing The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty

The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty celebrates its anniversary in January 2022. So, it seems important to recognize how the work of what started as a small crew of passionate volunteers has grown into a premier organization within and for the children of the Lakota Local School District.
January 25, 2022 - Article

Ask an Interior Designer: How Do You Like the Pantone Color of the Year 2022?

As always, each new year brings with it new design trends. Designers across all creative disciplines—fashion, product design, packaging, graphic design, and, yes, architecture and interior design—are preparing for the coming year by evaluating these trends and using the information they gather to improve their craft.   Predicting these trends can be rather challenging, but […]
January 20, 2022 - Article

Virtual Educational Visioning: The Best of Both Worlds

At SHP, the emergence of COVID-19 transformed our educational visioning process. The transition to a virtual approach was challenging, but we came to appreciate that the virtual approach has its advantages.
December 20, 2021 - Article

Critical Self-Reflection at the Close of a Career

Dick Thomas is a dreamer and wonderer whose critical self-reflection is offered to help challenge SHP’s approach to how and with whom we design, the tools we use to document and build, and the value we add to the communities we serve. And that’s not a bad legacy for anyone to leave.
December 16, 2021 - Article

Looking Forward: Five Beliefs in the Future of Architecture

Editor’s Note: Dick Thomas’s 26-year career with SHP comes to a close on December 31, 2021. The personal and professional milestone has caused a great deal of critical self-reflection. What follows are his personal thoughts on where the architecture profession is headed. As architects, we are, at the core, problem solvers. Many are blessed with […]
December 16, 2021 - Article

Introducing the New Mt. Healthy Early Learning Center

The new Mt. Healthy Early Learning Center officially opened its doors to its first students in October 2021. Estimated to serve 230 pre-school and kindergarten students across southwestern Ohio, the long-awaited, culturally inclusive learning center  revolves around responsiveness, instruction, and equitable practices—three priorities that come to life beautifully in the design. The center is a […]
December 6, 2021 - Article