Overview & History
Braun and Steidl Architects provides architectural, interior design, and master planning services on projects that involve intricate restorations to new multimillion dollar structures. Our expertise ranges from the historic preservation of a Civil War Memorial Chapel to the design of a 1,200 bed residential complex at Kent State University. This background allows us to draw from a wide range of experience to respond to client needs with creative and appropriate design solutions.
Our firm is the recipient of the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award, which is bestowed upon one firm annually that promotes “the aesthetic, scientific and practical excellence of the profession.” We are proud that this award reflects distinguished service and design excellence, our ability to exceed client expectations, and it is one reason why over 85% of our work comes from repeat clients.
Braun & Steidl Architects was established in 1983 as an Ohio Professional Corporation in Akron, Ohio by founding principals Jack Braun, AIA, and Doug Steidl, FAIA. We expanded our geographical reach in 1994 with the opening of our Columbus, Ohio office. Now into our third decade, we have become a nationwide practice.
Our firm has evolved from its origin as a local practice to one that encompasses regional and national clientele. We have developed a strong portfolio in religious, higher education, K-12 schools, public, corporate, historic renovation, and hospitality markets.
Paced by Braun & Steidl Architects' philosophy of steady growth and a desire to continue our commitment to our clients well into the future, a thoughtful transition of firm leadership occurred in 2002 with four principals taking over leadership of the firm from the original founders. Charles Schreckenberger, AIA, was named President and Robert Habel, AIA, Vice President, with James Bresler, AIA, and Phillip Steinberg, AIA, CSI, providing management roles as Principals. We are fortunate that both Mr. Steidl and Mr. Braun remain committed to the success of Braun & Steidl Architects as mentors and advise the firm leadership as needed.