John Blake

John BlakeInterim Director, Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine
Coordinator of Community Projects
Design-Build Studio Instructor

(513) 330-1712

Courses Taught (during past two academic years)

ARC 3/401 Design Build Studio
ARC 3/401 Summer Design Build Workshop
ARC 3/401 Spring "Atelier" studio at CR architecture + design

Educational Credentials

Miami University, Masters of Architecture, 2000
Miami University, Bachelor of Arts, History, 1992

Teaching Experience

Miami University Department of Architecture + Interior Design

  • Coordinator of Community Projects, Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine, 2006–present
  • Instructor, Design-Build Studio in Over-the-Rhine, 2001-2003, 2006-Present
  • Instructor, First Year Design Studio, 2000-2001

Recent Presentations

Cincinnati Edition radio interview, 91.7 WVXU (NPR), (With Tom Dutton, Director Miami University Center for Community Engagement and Dr. Tammy Schwartz, Director Miami Urban Teaching Cohort). August 28, 2015
“Design-Build is DURING” 1400 Republic Street Renovation-Poster Session, Working Out: Thinking While Building, American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Fall Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2014
”Social Responsibility & Community Leadership”, AIA Cincinnati: Vision. Hosted annually by Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine (with Cameron Sinclair and Tony Costello, FAIA) April, 2014
“Peaslee Neighborhood Center:  Explorations for the Envelope” (student presentation) Living Building Challenge Forum: Planting the Seed for a Living Future, Memorial Hall, Cincinnati, April, 2013
”Urban Reinvestment: Design-build Educational Studios”, American Institute of Architects National Convention, Washington, DC, May, 2012 (with  Heather Hallenberg of Artswave, and Tony Costello, FAIA) | April 2013, (with Tony Costello, FAIA and Mickey Jacobs, FAIA) | June, 2012 (with Scott Bernard, Director, Tulane City Center) | January, 2011
”Friars’ Court:  Building Equity and Community in Over-the-Rhine” American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Fall Quad regional event, University of Cincinnati, October, 2011

Professional Experience

Project Manager, APIX Design, LTD, Oxford, OH (architecture: affordable housing), 2007-2009
Project Manager, Woolpert, LLC, Cincinnati, OH (architecture: libraries, civic buildings), 2003-2006
Project Manager, Beckwith Chapman Associates, Oxford, OH (architecture and landscape architecture: museums, residential, multi-generational gardens), 1999-2003
Intern Architect, VOA Associates Architects, Chicago, IL, 1998
Contributing Editor: Arts at Miami, Miami University School of Fine Arts magazine, 1998-1999
Design-build Contractor, Self-employed, Geneva, IL (church interior renovation, machine shop renovation), 1996-1997
Assistant Land Surveyor, Midwest Survey, INC. Geneva, IL (as-built surveys, building construction and civil engineering layouts, utility and infrastructure surveys), 1994-1996
Machine operator: Shipping/Receiving Clerk: CNC milling and lathes, AMS Inc, St. Charles, IL, 1994-1996
Freelance Film Production: Production Manager for full-length, 35mm feature film The Glass Chain, Spectral Pictures, 1993

  • Locations Manager for Paramount Pictures television series The Untouchables, 1993-1994
  • Locations Manager for music video: Depeche Mode, Chicago, IL, 1993

Managing Editor: Manistique Pioneer Tribune weekly newspaper. Responsible for all city and county meeting coverage, sports coverage, editorial, photography and layout of first and editorial pages, Manistique, Michigan, 1992-1993
Managing Editor, Manistique Pioneer-Tribune, Manistique, MI (writing, photography & layout for weekly newspaper), 1992-1993


Registered Architect, State of Ohio, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate holder
Certified Renovator, for Compliance with EPA/HUD Renovation Standards, University of Cincinnati Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center
US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2.0 Accredited Professional

Selected Publications, Creative Scholarship, Awards, Grants

Ohio Community Development Corporation Association, CDC Project of the Year, Beasley Place, 1405-07 Republic Street, (Awarded to project leader Over-the-Rhine Community Housing), 2015
Cincinnati Preservation Association, Rehabilitation Award, Beasley Place, 1405-07 Republic Street (with partners Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, CR architecture + design) 2015
Juror: Dencity, Global Design Competition to Address Substandard Housing and Unintentional Communities, 2015
“Regional Outreach Scholarship Winner and finalist—Miami University Over-the-Rhine Residency Program.” C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award; North Central Regional Review Committee for the W.K. Kellogg Outreach Scholarship Award, Association of Public Land Grant Universities, 2012
Over-the-Rhine Community Housing “Golden Hammer Award” (Best volunteer project) Miami Univ. Design-Build Studio, 2011
Over-the-Rhine Community Housing “Partner in Building Our Beloved Community Award” Miami Univ. Center for Community Engagement, 2009
Faculty advisor: Green Community International Student Design Competition, American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), 2009. Honorable Mention:  “The Greenest Brick” Citation: “Pieces in a Framework: Green Design Initiative”
Ghost Lab 8 Participant: Design-Build Workshop with Brian MacKay-Lyons, Nova Scotia and David Miller of Miller/Hull Partnership, Seattle, WA, (Ghost Architectural Laboratory is a 2012 AIA Honor Award recipient), July, 2006
Project team member- Maple Knoll Multi-Generational Gardens, Springdale, OH.

  • Honor Award, Cincinnati Design Awards- American Institute of Architects, 2002.
  • Honor Award, Ohio Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects, 2002

Winner of an American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Award, 2000