CJ is a lifelong resident of Grove City, Ohio along with his family - wife Sherry and daughters Addy and Layla. They enjoy all manner of outdoor activities including biking, hiking, running and most importantly rolling down the big hill at Battelle Darby Creek. CJ is also very active within his church where he leads by example, serving as a deacon and captain of the men’s softball team.
CJ is a registered architect and holds two degrees from The Ohio State University: Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture. Before joining Mode in early 2013, he worked at a large international firm designing Olympic venues, hospitals and office buildings. His experience also includes a local award-winning residential design firm, where he designed additions and renovations to homes in Upper Arlington, Bexley and German Village.
Architecture is a process and CJ enjoys every aspect of it. Sitting down with clients and going over their goals and vision is the beginning of a relationship he takes very seriously. His goal is to listen, advise and execute the client’s intentions to the best of his ability.
For CJ, the best part of practicing architecture is building the lines he and his team put on paper while improving the lives of clients.
Beyond the Bio
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
On the shores of Lake Superior on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
What motivates you to work hard?
My family. They’re very proud of me. I don’t ever want to let them down.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Running my first 5K.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?
1950’s California. The lifestyle and architecture was so cool.
Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?
Jose Oubrerie was a studio professor of mine during graduate school. He’d let us go and do our thing. If it was bad he’d tell you, if it was good he’d tell you. But, he’d never tell you what to do, he let you find your own way.