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The Studio’s New Home Past/ COLUMBUS, OH
The Studio’s New Home COLUMBUS, OH

After time spent in a temporary space, the studio has moved into a permanent home. The new space reflects our unique culture and is a comfortable and flexible environment for doing the work we love.

The Studio members were challenged with creating a permanent home on a fast time line as well as on a budget. While this challenge is not unheard of, when it came to our own space, we vetted out many options, learned a little bit about ourselves, and in the end, became pleased with our final outcome.

The shell footprint is just the right size for our 9 current members with some room for growth. The office space offers flexibility for a variety or meeting styles, a space for our reference materials and printing equipment, a kitchen area, a small focus room for privacy, as well as a wonderful view of the arena district’s pedestrian activity.

small meeting room

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The studio office space


studio materials library

Photography Credit: Megan Leigh Barnard

Dan Hanes Architect
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Dan Hanes - Architectural Designer

Danial Hanes established The Columbus Architectural Studio based on the principle of “doing work that is worth doing”. This concept has guided him through his 30 years of experience and has been a cornerstone of the firm since its inception in 2016. Having worked on a variety of projects, ranging from multi-family residences to professional sports stadiums and even a chicken coop, his focus has remained the same: the client, transparency, and good design. With the aim of inspiring and improving his community, he emphasizes building relationships rather than egos. Danial’s commitment to Columbus and his profession has led him to advocate for inclusion, community, and engagement among professionals, students, and those interested in the field. He has served as the past Chair of The Center for Architecture and Design, and is currently a board member of the Columbus chapter of The American Institute of Architects. His firm is also a proud sponsor of NOMA's Columbus Chapter. Despite the demands of his packed calendar, he consistently finds opportunities to guide and inspire the next wave of architects.

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