Marcene Kinney


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 LGBTQ community and better embrace non-binary expression.

Professional Highlights

Board member, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

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

Chair & Co-Founder, AIA Vision Leadership Program

Leadership Cincinnati, Class 41

Past Executive Board, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

News & Insights

"Sketching is meditation for me. When the hand edits what the eyes see, the mind discovers new connections both on and off the page. My favorite part is the moment when my mind wonders as my hand subconsciously adds shading: what do people do in what I’m drawing, do they like it, what hands made this piece I’m sketching, could that bubble be bigger, thicker, thinner, lit from the inside..." - Marcene Kinney