Timothy Hawk, FAIA, Wins AIA Ohio Mentor Award

August 7, 2020 • admin

Our President, Timothy Hawk, FAIA, was granted the AIA Ohio 2020 Mentor Award. Tim is committed to mentoring students and emerging professionals through his advocacy with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and as a professor at Columbus State Community College. He has propelled the architecture and design industry through his service with AIA, culminating in his election to the National Board of Directors. Congratulations, Tim!

From AIA Ohio:

Columbus Architect Receives State Award

Columbus – Columbus architect Timothy Hawk, FAIA has been awarded the AIA Ohio 2020 Mentor Award.  This award is granted annually to an individual who has demonstrated the ability to assist and mentor in their community.  “The AIA Ohio Board of Directors was impressed by Tim’s dedication to the development of young people in the profession,” said AIA Ohio President, Mary Glowacki, AIA.

As principal at WSA Studio, Hawk mentors emerging talent through leadership training programs. As an educator at Columbus State Community College, he recognizes the importance of a diverse student population, and he encourages promising students to consider a future in architecture.  As a leader in the profession, Hawk has served his local AIA Chapter and at the Regional level, and now serves as a member of the AIA Board. As the National AIA Board liaison to AIAS, he mentors student leaders, and advocates for student voices.

As a state component of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Ohio represents over 2000 architects throughout Ohio.

Upstart Columbus Headquarters

December 24, 2019 • admin

The new Upstart location was named one of Columbus Business First's "Cool Offices."

Upstart, a tech-based lending company from San Mateo, California, has officially opened its new headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. This innovative company utilizes artificial intelligence to create an automated, equitable lending process. WSA worked with Upstart to design their new space in the 711 N. High Street building in the bustling Short North neighborhood. The design features blended workspace, with open desks punctuated by comfortable break-out seating for quick collaboration, and several conference rooms for focus and privacy. The glass facade allows natural light to filter into each corner of the office and provides unique views of the city.

Upstart strategically chose Columbus for its second location, due to the rapid growth of the city and a high concentration of talented professionals. In its first year, the company has already surpassed its hiring goal of 100 employees in Columbus in 2019.

Read more about the Upstart Columbus office in Columbus Business First.


COhatch Expanding to Indianapolis

December 24, 2019 • admin

COhatch, the largest coworking company in Columbus, is making its first out-of-state expansion. WSA is partnering with COhatch and Brand Stamp to design their latest office hub in Noblesville, Indiana, a suburb just north of Indianapolis. The space is conveniently located in Hamilton Town Center, with access to retail and dining within walking distance. As coworking sweeps the professional world, COhatch offers a unique concept that focuses on community first. By utilizing existing spaces, each location features a distinct aesthetic and amenities, in addition to the shared benefits available to members.

Read more about the expansion in Columbus Business First.


Renderings created in collaboration with Brand Stamp.

Welcome to the New WSA

December 7, 2019 • admin

Remember that secret we had? We're finally ready to tell you.

Hey. Hi. Welcome. As you know now, you’re on our new website. Friends, we’re so sorry to have teased you for so long, but don’t you think it was worth it? Now snuggle in; we have a story to tell.


It all started last year when WSA teamed up with our friends at Venn Growth and we told them the things we’re good at, the things we could improve on, and the things we hope to become. From there, we partnered with FORT to create what we consider to be the most beautiful website, logo, and brand. Then we created a solidified firm direction, complete with a set of WSA core values and a mission that we are so, so proud of.

It’s important to say that this process has been a long time in the making and it’s a direct reflection of the support and encouragement we have received from our partnerships. We are so thankful and so excited to share this with all of you.

Now to the good stuff. We want to tell you everything.

First, we have formalized values and a mission that are acting as our guiding force moving forward. These core values are cultivated from many years of loyalty, both internally and from all of you.

  • Disruption. We hire and collaborate with bold, confident, and diverse personalities to challenge existing structures, to encourage new ideas, and to invite a positive organizational climate.
  • Accountability. We are a team dedicated to and supportive of one another and our clients.
  • Design. We believe that diverse, inclusive design has the potential to bring life to culture, values, and community.

Now, allow us to introduce our new mission statement:

WSA is committed to providing organizations with a thoughtful design that works by researching organizational behavior, providing leadership, and creating experience.

Second, we want to share with you a new service we’ve added to our team. We now offer environmental graphic design. We have found the element of storytelling is differentially important to both us and our clients, so we went and found the best environmental graphic designers out there and scooped them up.

Third, let’s talk about this logo for a second. It is bold and endearing and not easily forgettable. It reflects elevated energy and outcomes and that is exactly what we want to offer the organizations with which we work. It is exactly what we wanted. #grateful

Now, the website: it is the epitome of WSA. Approachable, interactive, provocative in all the right ways. Please take a look, stay awhile, read about our work, interact with the projects…. Just dig in there. Let us know what you think.

So, what can you expect from us now? More. Just more. We have big plans we’ll start to implement through 2020, leading up to our 50th anniversary. We have new product offerings we’re rolling out over the course of the year and, believe us, you’ll be the first to know about it, about all of it.

To sum all of this up, this journey has been cool. It’s as simple as that. To our current and future employees, buckle up. To our current and future clients and partners, we’ve got your back, always.

See you out there,

The New WSA

Otterbein and Corporate Partners

December 3, 2019 • admin

Otterbein University adds corporate partnerships at the Point.

The Point at Otterbein University serves as a model for the future of work and learning. It houses unique spaces where business meets hands-on education in the form of student internships. Most recently, Otterbein partnered with JPMorgan Chase to create a financial technology innovation center where students can work alongside Chase employees to research and develop inventive technology solutions. These corporate sponsorships are mutually beneficial, as the rented work spaces provide revenue for the University, professional experience for students, and the opportunity for businesses to recruit talented students as full-time employees. The City of Westerville also prospers with greater economic development as more corporations are established within the municipality.

Read the article from ThisWeekNews.

Fuse as a Philosophy

December 2, 2019 • admin

Fuse is designed as a satelite innovation center for Cardinal Health’s technology development team. WSA Studio worked with Fuse Vice President Brent Stutz to create a place that would incite change in the overall workplace culture at Cardinal Health. The design features a central open office concept with surrounding conference rooms and flexible offices that allow employees to choose the environment that best suits their work needs throughout the day. As a result, employees spend more time in collaborative conversations and brainstorming sessions, leading to better solutions. In describing Fuse, Brent says: “This is more than a building; it’s a philosophy.”

Read the article from the Columbus Dispatch.

The Forge Brings Tech Jobs to Rural Iowa

November 25, 2019 • admin

The new Forge location has officially opened in Jefferson, Iowa. This technology incubation center by Pillar Technology/Accenture is part of a greater movement that is connecting talented employees with innovative jobs right here in the Midwest. It will also provide internships and professional development opportunities for local students and host tech-based competitions. The opening celebration attracted industry leaders and Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, to promote the venture.

Read the article from the Des Moines Register.

Priority Designs Helps Revitalize Whitehall

November 24, 2019 • admin

WSA worked with Priority Designs to transform an abandoned car dealership in Whitehall into a new office space, design studio, conference center, and fabrication studio. In 2013, owners Paul and Lois Kolada recognized the need for more space as their business continued to grow. The pair were excited by the opportunity to undergo a visionary renovation and invest in an upcoming neighborhood. The City of Whitehall has cited the renovation as a model for community improvement and the value of public/private partnerships.

“We couldn’t afford something this big or this spacious if it wasn’t in this area,” Paul said.

Since construction of this project, the City of Whitehall has secured 50 million dollars of proposed redevelopment. These plans mostly feature the revitalization of existing buildings rather than new construction. By embracing the architecture and context of the neighborhood, Whitehall is reclaiming the future of their city on their terms.

Read the article in the Columbus Dispatch.

Verizon Grant Supports PAST Foundation

November 22, 2019 • admin

The PAST Foundation provides STEM education opportunities for K-12 students in Central Ohio. Their mission, “Link learning and life,” is carried out through hands-on extracurricular programs like coding bootcamps and competetive robotics teams. In 2018, PAST received a grant from the Verizon Foundation to contribute to STEM education in Columbus. These programs help students develop technical knowledge and critical thinking skills that prepare them for careers.

Read the article from the PAST Foundation.

Blue Label Digital Printing Expands

November 15, 2019 • admin

As part of the long-term master plan for Blue Label Digital Printing, they have added 20,000 square feet of production space to their existing warehouse and offices. Blue Label has seen steady growth since 2015, and needs more room to accommodate their advanced digital printing technology. This project is one in a series of renovations that WSA has designed at the facility, with others including the administrative offices and amenity spaces, and the production warehouse.

Read the article from AreaDevelopment.

CBF Cool Offices: Encova Insurance

November 23, 2018 • admin

Encova innovation center sparks cultural transformation.

The innovation center located in the Encova Insurance headquarters has sparked a cultural change in the organization. After conducting staff interviews, WSA determined that the greatest challenge facing the business was attracting and retaining talented employees. In order to create a desirable culture for emerging professionals, the design team implemented a new office concept that features open work stations, private conferencing, and areas for collaborative brainstorming. The renovations also included amenity spaces such as a fitness center and kitchenette. WSA has since formed a strong partnership with Encova, and has continued to update spaces throughout the Columbus campus.

Read the article in Columbus Business First.

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