Finding Compatibility: Fitting New Architecture Into the Historic Context of Our Urban Main Street


Too many times the discussion of infill becomes a yes or no proposition with an automatic deferral to a preference for a literal replication of the existing historic architecture. We will dig into different architectural strategies for infill development and additions to find compatibility and invention within a historic style without replication. A panel discussion with the City of Cincinnati and two local firms will provide examples of recently approved projects that reflect these strategies.

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 1:00 PM

Chad Burke

Chad Burke is principal architect at GBBN and is based in Cincinnati. Clients rely on Chad’s experience to guide them through the planning, development, and construction phases of a diverse range of commercial, workplace, and innovation district projects that have lasting impact on their communities. His recent work includes Terrex Development and the University of Cincinnati’s Digital Futures Building, Hillrom's Innovation Center addition and renovation, and the Union Central Trust Tower renovation.

Craig Gossman

Craig is a registered architect with over 45 years of experience in urban design, planning, historic preservation and architecture and a graduate of Ohio University. He has worked with a variety of clients including city & county municipalities, retail and commercial center developers, and historic property owners. In 2013 Craig founded Gossman Group design & planning to pursue combined architecture & urban design work with select clients. Craig has served on multiple design and preservation commissions and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Heritage Ohio, the state’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization. Craig is passionate about fitting new architecture into the context of historic main streets.

Graham Kalbi

Graham Kalbi is an Architect and project manager for projects ranging in size from $400,000 to $75 million. Focused on private development and redevelopment of projects and sites in the urban core of Cincinnati and other metropolitain areas. Interested in architecture, urban design, development/site master planning, and real estate development. Graham is principal architect at New Republic Architecture and Design.


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