PEOPLE

STUDIO LEADERSHIP

JEFFREY SMITH, AIA

PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR

Jeffrey’s sophistication as a designer stems from his cross-disciplinary background in architecture, development, and construction. Being fluent in the language of each enables him to assemble a unified vision for every project. With his quick wit, he is adept at connecting what may sometimes seem disparate objectives among project stakeholders.

Respected for a spirited modern design aesthetic and technical proficiency, Jeffrey prioritizes clarity in both composition and details. He has completed projects in many typologies including housing, hospitality, office, retail, mixed-use, public transportation, and religious. These projects include both ground-up new construction and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. They range in scale and location from custom residences in rural environments to mixed-use buildings in urban settings. He is currently spear-heading the design and redevelopment of several historic properties in downtown Cleveland, Ohio totaling over 60 million dollars of investment.

Fresh from completing his professional education at the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design in 1998, he led a design/build studio focusing on multi-family residential and commercial projects. He went on to become an Associate at Bialosky + Partners Architects where he was a lead designer on mixed-use and public transportation projects. Jeffrey joined CRM Companies in 2009 to collaborate on projects with the development team and to form STUDIOCRM as a sister company focusing on architecture, design, and real estate branding.

ALEX JOHNSON

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Alex is a proven project leader whose education and real world experience has been vital to the success of the studio’s growing body of work. Well-versed in the development and construction of buildings, Alex’s design sensibility is informed by this knowledge. His current focus includes two major mixed-use, adaptive reuse projects that are contributing to the transformation of downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Previously, he worked for a nationwide marketing company specializing in branding and exposure services for multiple corporations. This experience has segued into the real estate branding services offered by the studio. Alex joined STUDIOCRM in 2010 while completing his graduate studies at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. He completed his Masters degree in Architecture in 2011.  In addition, Alex has earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Baldwin Wallace University.

MITCH HOYT

PROJECT ASSOCIATE

Mitchell’s interest and experience in both architecture and urbanism uniquely positions him to fundamentally understand the critical relationship between them. His thoughtful yet analytical style is well matched to STUDIOCRM’s approach. Recently, Mitchell completed work on the master planning of a development in Southern Florida and the adaptive reuse of a historic building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Mitchell joined STUDIOCRM in 2012 having recently completed his graduate studies at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. He completed his Masters degree in Architecture in 2011.