Guest Blog: City Space – Height and Hierarchy

How does an individual define what is important? And how does an individual assign value, particularly to objects or space?  For some, the higher the cost of an object, the more valuable it is. For others, the frequency of a space or an object’s use implies importance.
May 18, 2016 - Article

Design LAB 2016 with “Architect Mike”

In my experience as an architect, it is not a common occurrence to walk into a crowded room and have everyone immediately stop what they’re doing to announce and celebrate your arrival. However, every Thursday for the past four months, that is exactly the type of greeting I’ve had the pleasure of receiving when visiting Ms. Tiffani Wills' first and second grade class at Pleasant Ridge Montessori School as a volunteer with the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati’s Design LAB: Learn and Build program.
May 5, 2016 - Article

BGSU’s School of Architecture Lands Magazine Cover

Bowling Green State University's new home for the School of Architecture and Environmental Design was featured on the cover of School Construction News in their June 2016 issue. The two photos showcase a collaboration space for the students as well as a flexible conference room area.
April 20, 2016 - Article

Greg Lewis Joins SHP as Design Leader

Greg Lewis has joined SHP Leading Design as design leader. In his role, Greg will lead design efforts of the firm from concept to detail to construction. He brings extensive knowledge in design management and development, along with experience in K-12, higher education and corporate work, to his new position.
April 1, 2016 - Press Release

The Meaning and Purpose of Scale

As a landscape architect, I’m constantly considering scale. There’s physical scale – demonstrated through size and surroundings. There’s comfort scale and emotional scale, which both define how attitudes and feelings are regularly impacted. There’s also scales of complexity and challenge, where mental, physical and social discovery can occur in an unknown setting.
March 9, 2016 - Article

How We Designed a Montessori School in Egypt in One Month

One of the fascinating aspects of our business is that every day presents a new opportunity to change the lives of students across the country, and occasionally, around the world. It’s what motivates us and gets us out of bed in the morning. Thursday, October 15, 2015 was certainly one of those days. It started […]
February 29, 2016 - Article

Designing for Architects at BGSU

It’s not every day that architects are given the opportunity to design for future architects.  Recently, this uniquely challenging and rewarding experience came about for SHP when Bowling Green State University (BGSU) hired us to convert an existing 30,000 square foot warehouse into a state-of-the-art learning environment for the school’s newly-minted architecture program.
February 18, 2016 - Article

Developing A “Brand” New School Logo for Deer Park

They say never judge a book by its cover, but many instances arise when we cannot help but form an immediate impression of something simply from a brand or word mark representing that entity. At times we are judging a school district whose logo is a tired, disorganized, heterogeneous mix of ‘close enough’ logos created […]
February 2, 2016 - Article

The Top Five Benefits of School Consolidation

Before I began working with SHP Leading Design, I was the superintendent of the Miami Trace school district in Washington Court House, Ohio. During my time in this position, the district consolidated from seven small elementary schools that averaged about 175 students per school into one large school   on the same campus as the high […]
January 20, 2016 - Article

2015: SHP’s Year in Review

As we count down to the holidays and the last few days of 2015, we wanted to share some happenings throughout the past year here at SHP we wanted to celebrate.  Here’s to 2016!
December 18, 2015 - Article