Brad Curtis, Partner
90 Hidden Ravines Dr, Powell, OH 43065, United States
Additional InformationThe history of MKC Associates, Inc. dates to 1924 when Charles J. Marr, FAIA, arrived in the state of Ohio and began to practice architecture in New Philadelphia. Charlie was creative, energetic and with an attitude that there was nothing he couldn’t do. He was a graduate of the Sorbonne in Paris, France and received his Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University. In 1915 Marr had joined the prestigious firm of McKim, Mead and White where his name soon appeared on projects such as the Racket & Tennis Club and Columbia Trust Company Downtown Building in New York, NY Marr continued to practice in New Philadelphia under the name of The Office of Charles J. Marr until 1953 when he welcomed partners James Knapp and James Crawfis. The firm then became Marr, Knapp & Crawfis with ‘architects-engineers-planners’ added to the name in 1973. In 1997 the firm officially became MKC Associates, Inc. Founder Charles Marr worked tirelessly to elevate his profession. In 1932 he wrote the basis of the legislation which would require registration, and eventually licensing, for Ohio’s architects. In 1938 Mr. Marr presented the resolution to unify independent architectural organizations, laying the foundation for The Architects Society of Ohio and then AIA Ohio. We also remember that he was a key figure in establishing the Architects Society of Ohio Foundation, today renamed the AIA Ohio Foundation. Mr. Marr’s dream was to make scholarships available to deserving students studying architecture at one of Ohio’s School of Architecture. That to this day, remains the main focus of the AIA Ohio Foundation. His contemporaries felt so strongly about Mr. Marr’s leadership regarding the Foundation that they honored him by naming the Foundation’s highest honor the “Charles J. Marr Award.” Perhaps the most important value that Charles Marr bequeathed his firm was dedication to public service. His life was a testament to the interaction between public architecture, public service and the essence of a community. There was no line drawn between public architecture and service; Mr. Marr viewed enriching client communities as good business as well as personally satisfying.