2011 Recipient | AIA Young Architects Award

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Jack Baumann, AIA, LEED AP

Jack Baumann, AIA | Notes of Interest

The dedication of Jack Baumann, AIA, to the architecture profession is prevalent in many of the positions he has held through the AIA and within his community. He has held leadership positions both locally and nationally, and has always focused on the advancement of emerging professionals and mentorship of others. Through his involvement, Jack always looks toward the future from the impact he makes today. He promotes architecture as more than just creating physical buildings, but creating relationships with his colleagues, his clients, and his peers.

Jack began his employment at Braun & Steidl Architects more than fourteen years ago following his first year of architectural school. At the office, his primary spheres are Higher Education and Religious Project Types with focus on client relations, project management, programming, and design. He immediately stood out for his ability to penetrate to the underlying issue, to ask pertinent questions, and to build relationships with not only fellow workers but with clients. He now serves as a go-to professional for managing the most complex institutional projects and most sophisticated clients one on one, due to his personable nature and highly functioning knack for communication.

He successfully acted as both designer and project manager on numerous buildings, including: the Chapel in Green, a $20 million second campus for a 10,000 member congregation; the Administration Building for Cleveland State University, a $14 million project involving a new building and the historic restoration of a Euclid Avenue, Cleveland mansion; and the Student Center for Cleveland State University, a $38 million new facility in conjunction with Gwathmey Seigel & Associates.

Jack Baumann, AIA, LEED 


The firm of Braun & Steidl encourages involvement in the AIA, but Baumann has taken this to the next level, assuming leadership positions simultaneously at the national and state level, as well as locally. He has served as the AIA Ohio Associates Director and currently stands as the AIA Ohio Valley Regional Young Architects Liaison, the Knowledge Director on the National Associates Committee, and the President of the Akron Chapter AIA.

Baumann also contributes to the upcoming generation of architects and young professionals. He has organized two state-wide leadership summits for Emerging Professionals and presented seminars on mentoring and associates issues at state and regional conventions, as well as at the National Convention. Additionally, Baumann's involvement extends beyond the AIA with his ongoing involvement with the Kent State College of Architecture and Urban Design. He currently sits on the Professional Advisory Board for the school, actively mentors students and has been a guest speaker.


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Jack Baumann, AIA

Jack Baumann, AIA

Jury Comments

This is truly a future leader of the profession.

Jack Baumann's extensive involvement, commitment, and dedication exemplifies the best of the profession and should be recognized as a model for other young architects.

Jack is an active, charismatic and passionate contributor to both his firm and the profession. Additionally, his work in both encouraging young people to enter the profession and his efforts to help them thrive there is exceptional.

2011 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • 2010 Chancellor:
  • Edward J. Kodet, Jr., FAIA
  • Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
  • Minneapolis
  • 2010 Vice Chancellor:
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA
  • WWCOT Architecture & Interiors
  • Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 2010 Bursar:
  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
  • McLean, Va.
  • Secretary:
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • 2011 Incoming Bursar:
  • William J. Stanley, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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