Jeffrey Meyers, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C (Principal - DS Architecture)
Jeff has been a team member at DS Architecture for 13 years and became a partner of the firm in 2010. With 19 years of experience in the field of Architecture, Jeff offers confidence and knowledge in managing projects. Jeff leads with his ability to develop higher level concepts and prompts the design team and project stakeholders to explore solutions that meet the comprehensive needs of the facility and its users. As principal-in-charge, he consistently coordinates the project team to complete projects within the project scope, under budget and on time.
When Jeffrey Meyers became partner of David Sommers and Associates in 2010, it was with a vision of growing the 4 person office into something more substantial. Now DS Architecture, the firm employs 22 staff and with 11 registered architects, is ranked as one of the largest architectural firms in Northeast Ohio. Jeff's vision for the firm of DS Architecture is the creation of a place where people want to work. Jeff has grown the firm culture on David's foundation of an environment of genuine trust and care. Jeff has a commitment to the intentional and careful selection of new staff, the mentorship and nurturing of each team member, and a design led philosophy for architectural work. This commitment has produced a workplace populated by dedicated and unabashedly collaborative people; people who enjoy working together and bringing out the best in each other.
Jim Cicero, PE, LEED AP (President - Karpinski Engineering)
Jim is passionate about engineering. As President of Karpinski Engineering, he provides strategic vision and leadership, and he connects with clients and design partners. Jim believes in listening and asking questions, because each client has a unique set of values. Under his leadership, Karpinski Engineering’s employees strive to provide comprehensive designs that align with clients’ goals and expectations.
With more than 25 years of electrical engineering experience, Jim is a specialist in design for healthcare facilities. His experience also includes alternative delivery methods and their benefits, which he has shared by presenting at industry events.
Jim is a founding partner and board member of Cogence Alliance, whose goal is to bring together owners, architects, engineers, and contractors to advocate and be a resource for improved project delivery. He also serves on the Board of Directors for ACEC Ohio and is a member of the Cleveland Engineering Society.
Jim earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron (1989) and his MBA from Cleveland State University (1997).
Chris Halapy, PE, LEED AP (Executive Vice President - Shook Construction)