People


Marcene Kinney

AIA, LEED AP

Principal | Director of Education & Culture

Little known fact: Marcene came this close to studying theater tech instead of architecture. Maybe that's why she has such an affinity for producer, performer and patron. As Director of GBBN’s Culture and Education markets, Marcene uses architecture and design to create a sense of belonging, inclusion, and well-being in the arts and higher education. Recent projects include the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Roger E. Susi First-Year Experience at Case Western Reserve University.

Marcene's ongoing research into common space and how it can amplify accessibility and equity across cultural groups informs GBBN's design approach to theaters and performance venues, community and academic libraries, and college campuses. This research has led her to explore how architecture can break down traditional barriers to the LGBTQIA community and better embrace non-binary expression.

Professional Highlights


Board member | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Chair, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company


Cincinnati 2030 District Advisory Committee Member, Green Umbrella


Co-Presenter, Health Generating Buildings, BD+C Accelerate Live


Chair & Co-Founder, AIA Vision Leadership Program


Leadership Cincinnati, Class 41

 

News & Insights

Quilt "I’m inspired by the power of sharing stories to connect a person to their family history! Quilts are intimate and personal, but can also be the graphic anchor to make these stories into memories. Harriet Powers was one of the best!" - Marcene Kinney