Marcene Kinney


Principal | Director of Arts

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 Arts at GBBN, Marcene uses architecture and design to create a sense of belonging, inclusion, and well-being in the arts. She helps organizations use space and building design to achieve their goals and make positive impacts in their communities. Recent projects include the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Andrew J Brady ICON Center for Music.

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, museums, dance studios, and performance venues. 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