• Team

    We're not square, our logo is.

  • The Arkinetics team includes registered architects, interior designers, urban designers, CADD technicians, interns, marketing, and administrative professionals.

    • Having studied architecture in the US, China and Europe, Hao has the ability, experience and knowledge to proactively address the cultural and aesthetic preferences of clients.  His passions are diverse, with an appreciation for modern and historical design. At Arkinetics, he applies his experiences and passions to our hotel, office, and retail design.

      Hao’s passion outside of the office is travel. He has been to 22 countries so far, and he’s not done yet. Exploring how different cultures can affect the architectural landmarks of the region is a fascinating concept to him. His favorite place (to date) is Switzerland, his dream place to live after retirement.

      Back to Team
    • Richard is responsible for setting Arkinetics’ standards in Revit Software, a building information software for the AEC industry that allows users to design a building in 3D. With his attention to detail and laser focused mentality, he leads the Revit team and manages most Revit projects. His willingness to jump into a project and “whatever it takes” attitude has made him an All-star at Arkinetics.
      Like most architects, he decided at a young age that architecture was in his future. For him, it’s the combination of art and science that initially attracted him, and it’s the daily challenges and problem solving that keep him in the industry.
      His growing family (four beautiful children!) has kept him busy at home, but he maintains his balance (and relaxed attitude!) through frequent big water fishing excursions.

      Back to Team
    • In high school, Jakob was fortunate to take an architecture course and get undivided attention and feedback from an influential teacher – which set the course for his career choice. Now, an architecture student at the University of Cincinnati, Jakob is on his second semester in the co-op program with Arkinetics. We couldn’t be more thrilled he has come back to intern with us! His philosophy in life is to make people’s day a little better through laughter. And boy does he make us laugh! In addition to his positivity and sense of humor, his learned skills include Revit, CAD, Rhino, Adobe Suite, and hand drawing.

      He plays soccer on weeknights and weekends and is a loyal fan of Liverpool F.C. He has two dogs and a cat, and lives with his family on a horse farm when he’s not at school in Cincinnati. Interesting fact: This summer he and his father participated in the largest World War II reenactment in the United States, the City of Conneaut’s 75th Anniversary D-Day reenactment. He even cut his hair for the event!

       

      Back to Team
    • Cyndi has worked for top retailers including Jo-Ann Fabrics and Macy’s. At Arkinetics, she applies this experience and takes care of our brand rollout clients. She manages the architectural and interior design for tenant fit-outs, rebrands and renovations.

      She developed an eye for architectural and interior design while visiting Cleveland’s many public spaces as a child – Playhouse Square, downtown library, the museums at University Circle, public square, Wade Oval, and more. She still frequents these places today and appreciates the people and energy that embrace the spaces.

      Probably the most unexpected fact about Cyndi is that she is a sci-fi fan and is referred to in her house as GeekMom. In a house of engineers, future scientists and computer engineers, she fills the gap between art and tech, and keeps the “cool geek” factor running strong in her house.

      Back to Team
    • Bud is a native of Oregon, educated in Arizona, and finally landed in Ohio in 2000 because it “seemed like a great place to live”. We agree and we’re sure glad he did!

      He has a unique specialization in grocery store and retail design, with a strong eye for interiors. The scope of his projects have varied from complete turn-key architectural services to customer flow studies and shopping behavior analytics.

      Also, he writes. He has written everything from novels to comic books to nonfiction. His writings have been featured in textbooks and he’s written articles for various trade journals.
      If you get the opportunity to meet and work with him, be sure to ask him about his first job – breeding moths for the USDA. We’ll leave it at that.

      Back to Team
    • Robert Powell, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, BD+C

      Studio Director and Industrial Group Leader

      Robert is fast-paced and a multi-tasker. He keeps us organized and focused on serving our clients. Thriving on success, he manages design team schedules, monitors project budgets, and overall project efficiencies. He is the driving force in making sure our projects are meeting the schedule and budget. Additionally, Robert is the Industrial Group Leader, maintaining the company’s market knowledge in the manufacturing, distribution, and mission critical industries.

      He serves as a mentor to our intern architects to ensure professional growth within the company. He provides guidance as they study and meet the requirements to obtain their architecture licenses.

      Robert loves to travel with his wife and two daughters, exploring different regions of the country and world. Their recent travels include Hawaii, Italy, Alaska and the Caribbean Islands.

      Visit Robert’s LinkedIn profile to see more of his mission critical and industrial projects:  LinkedIn – Robert Powell

      Back to Team
    • Bruce Taylor,

       AIA NCARB

      PRINCIPAL + MANAGING PARTNER

      Bruce is a visionary. He keeps the firm in step with the latest process and technology innovations in our industry. He loves to learn.

      He’s passionate about making connections between people to help clients grow their businesses. This is why he heads up our office and retail markets, where relationships drive the industry. For over 25 years, he’s positioned the firm for growth by forming deep, trusting relationships with clients who become friends, creating successful projects together.

      “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work…” forget it, Bruce loves his day job. BUT, if he’s not in the office, you will find him trout fishing, perhaps with Scotch and a cigar. But not all at the same time.

       

      Personal Associations:

      Bruce is a member of Trout Unlimited.

      Back to Team
    • Dan Barney,

       AIA NCARB

      PRINCIPAL | Architect + Director of Design

      Dan loves to draw and understand how things work. True story.

      He also loves to golf, build and fix things, watch Buckeye football, go to Indians games, and Browns games…he’s your All-American architect.

      When Dan joined Arkinetics in 2003 he kicked off our growing presence in the hospitality industry. Hotel owners love him. Whether it’s their first hotel or their twenty-first, Dan knows the right questions to ask to get inside his client’s head to give them what they envision, even if they don’t yet know what that is.

      This talent has led Dan to becoming the firm’s Director of Design, ensuring a cohesive connection between creativity and constructability.

      Back to Team
    • Darell Nelson

      Intern Architect

      Darell’s love of gadgets, new technology, and willingness to learn has created a perfect fit with Arkinetics as an architectural intern. He has mastered AutoCad and Revit technology to get our projects through the design and construction process seamlessly. His involvement in the community helps feed his hunger to take initiative in organizations such as National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and as a board member of the Cleveland Design Review Committee.

      Born and raised in Cleveland, he is an avid Cleveland sports fan, particularly basketball.

      Back to Team
    • Jeff Parkinson

      Senior Technician

      Jeff makes sure the team is on track, making deadlines and ensuring that nothing slips through the cracks. A trained professional in CAD, he is a behind-the-scenes problem solver attending to every last detail. He originally joined Arkinetics in 1997, and has more than 20 years of experience with the development of architectural contract documents. He has worked on a wide variety of project scopes and building types (meaning Jeff has worked on just about anything and everything that comes through Arkinetics’ doors…).

      Jeff is an adoring pet owner. When a cat had taken up residency in Arkinetics’ back alley, Jeff took her in and Ruby is now a healthy, happy cat and part of his family.

      Back to Team
    • Liana Lake

      Principal | Marketing + Business Development

      Liana creates and implements the firm’s marketing strategies and oversees business development. She keeps the team focused on their core market strengths and ensures maximum exposure in the hotel, industrial, office and brand rollout industries. She has been marketing in the AEC industry for over 12 years.

      Liana is a regular attendee of networking events and national conferences, representing Arkinetics at SPECS, Hunter Hotel, and the Phoenix Lodging conference on an annual basis. She is a past president of the Northeast Ohio chapter for Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and an active member of BOMA and WIRE-Net.

      Liana’s favorite pastime is skiing. She and her husband make an effort to ski in the Rockies every winter.

      Back to Team
    • Linda Reed

      Administrative Assistant

      Linda has been keeping the company organized with a smile on her face, or at least a sense of humor, since 2000. Time sheets, project process reports, production schedules, accounts payable, she does it all. She proofreads, edits, adds, subtracts and multiplies—in her head!  But really, her biggest responsibility is keeping the principals in line.

      Now that’s a fulltime job!

      Back to Team
    • Michael Couch, LEED green associate

      Architect

      In high school, Michael took every type of art class available and enjoyed every minute. Then he took a drafting class and never looked back. For someone who sees the world a little differently, expressing himself and creating art with a T-square was a way to turn his passion for art into a career.

      At Arkinetics, he takes new challenges in stride with his laid back, get the job done attitude. On a daily basis, he produces construction documents and coordinates with engineers to wrap up jobs.

      At the end of a typical day, he runs. A lot. Constantly training for half marathons and full marathons, he uses running as a way to release stress and stay in shape. He’s the captain of a running team, competing with other teams based on how many miles the group collectively runs per week.

      Back to Team
    • Rick Taylor,

       CDA

      Principal + CFO + Director of Administration

      Rick is the numbers guy at Arkinetics. A certified design accountant (CDA), he handles our accounting, finance, reports, project budgeting. Give him a spreadsheet and he’s in heaven.

      And he does double duty as our Administrative Director. Don’t you love titles? What that means is he handles HR and other day-to-day management stuff. He’s the guy to send your resume to if you’re looking at our website and think, “Hey, I’d like to work at Arkinetics”.

      Rick is a member of the Certified Design Accountants Association (CDAA).

      You won’t find him in Ohio on his day off. Rick loves to travel. Passport travel that is. The last few places he’s been are China, Europe, and Mexico, to name a few.

      Back to Team