Leadership Transition At GBBN Announced

GBBN Architects, the 52-year-old, downtown Cincinnati-based firm known for its innovative work in healthcare, education, mixed-use development and the arts recently announced a leadership realignment, strategically designed to expand expertise and experience at the highest level to better directly serve local and international clients.

Some of GBBN’s best known Cincinnati projects include the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Ascent, Newport on the Levee and the upcoming renovation of Cincinnati’s famed and historic Music Hall.

Bob Gramann, GBBN President and CEO since 1996 is now Chairman of the Board and Director of Healthcare, GBBN’s number one global market.

Matthew Schottelkotte, Director of Architecture since 2008, is now CEO.

Greg Otis, Director of Arts and Education since 2005, is now President.

“Greg and Matthew have been an integral component of our leadership team since I assumed the role of president and CEO more than 12 years ago,” said Gramann. “This transition and separation of the President and CEO roles has been carefully planned to lead GBBN, our employees and most importantly our clients, into the future.”

Specifically, according to all members of the new leadership team, that future includes doubling the size of GBBN’s Asian market by this time next year, while continuing to provide the highest quality of service and innovative design to the local communities it serves.

“We’re an international design firm, a block away,” is how Otis likes to put it. “We’re committed to Cincinnati and the other local markets we call home. By becoming more global, we expand our knowledge and experience of the global economy and bring that expertise right back home to make the design work we do here in Cincinnati (Lexington, Louisville) that much more relevant.”
“We are part of the fourth generation of leadership and for an architecture firm that longevity is very rare,” said Schottelkotte. “After 52 years in business, it is important to position ourselves to insure a fifth generation by becoming globally nimble while remaining relevant and engaged in all of our client’s needs.”

In their new roles, Schottelkotte as CEO is focusing on staff development and operational efficiency while Otis, as President, is focusing on business development. Splitting the CEO and President roles will give both the time and flexibility to remain experts in their fields, focus on future strategy and vision and remain directly involved in client projects. Gramann, while serving GBBN in the strategic role of Chairman, will also oversee healthcare.

With a commitment from the Chinese government to expand that country’s health care system, GBBN’s leadership team agrees that health care is the firm’s largest growth market both here and abroad. “With Bob overseeing our healthcare initiative we have our most valuable asset, our chairman of the board, front and center leading the way,” said Otis. “That speaks volumes about GBBN’s commitment and our place as a worldwide industry leader of healthcare design. Think about the benefits that brings right back to our local communities.”

GBBN Architects Inc. was established in 1958 as Gartner, Burdick, Bauer-Nilsen. Jack Burdick was the first president, followed by Jack Gartner, Jr. and then Gramann.

Under Gramann’s leadership, the firm expanded its office locations to include Lexington, Louisville and Beijing, China. GBBN’s employees are currently working for clients throughout the U.S. as well as in the Middle-East and China, designing or managing projects totaling more than $2B worth of construction.

GBBN has won a number of international awards, the most recent being named the International Service Provider of the Year at the 2010 Xavier University/Southern Ohio District Export Council 5th Annual International Trade Conference. In addition, GBBN received the 2010 International/Global Award from Greater Louisville Inc., as the international “Firm of the Year” in Louisville.

“GBBN’s philosophy is ‘Designing for Life’, a commitment to creating architecture for healthcare, education, housing and the arts that evokes the spirit, improves the lives of their users and contributes to building sustainable communities” said Otis.