Paul Westlake Jr., FAIA, Architect


Paul Westlake is the kind of architect who skilfully applies his design talents to each and every project he tackles, no matter its size. His highly original designs range from the transformation of a humble tool shed into a delightful coach apartment, to the giant project that converted Cleveland’s former Main Post Office into an innovative corporate headquarters for the M-K Ferguson Company. One of the youngest architects ever to be elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Paul Westlake has received more than 60 significant design awards for projects ranging from major performing arts facilities to corporate headquarters.

A principal of Westlake Reed Leskosky (a firm founded in Cleveland in 1905 with offices in Cleveland, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.), he has won special distinction for his work in the area of historic restoration. Clients and projects include the Phoenix Orpheum Theater, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in the Denver Arts Complex, the fourth district Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, the Potter Stewart Federal Courthouse in Cincinnati, Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, M. K. Ferguson Plaza, Cleveland’s St. Stanislaus Church, numerous projects for Playhouse Square and the Cleveland Clinic, and cultural arts facilities throughout the United States.

His work has been honored by the House of Representatives of the State of Ohio and exhibited at Harvard University and the Akron Art Museum, as well as written about or published in professional and popular publications such as Inland Architect, Architecture, Architectural Record and Interiors.

As a Graham Foundation and an AIA Foundation scholar at Harvard, Westlake co-founded the Harvard Architectural Review (recognized internationally as a leading journal of architecture theory) while earning a master of architecture with faculty commendation. He also holds a bachelor of arts cum laude with distinction in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in economics magna cum laude, with a major in finance, from the Wharton School. He was associated with the architectural firms of Louis Sauer in Philadelphia and Jose Luis Sert and Cambridge Seven Associates of Cambridge, Massachusetts, before moving to Cleveland.

While maintaining an active professional practice, Westlake has found time to serve on the graduate faculty and the advisory council of the school of architecture and environmental design at Kent State University, the alumni council of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (of which he is regional chair) and the council for excellence of Arizona State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He has served as architecture commissioner for the United States Institute for Theater Technology and as a trustee of the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, the Committee for Public Art, the Ohio Preservation Alliance and the Phoenix Orpheum Theater Foundation.

A registered architect in 48 states, Westlake continues to work on projects throughout the United States and Europe. His firm has been honored with more than 100 national, state, and local AIA design awards, an AIA Ohio Gold Medal firm award, and several honors from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

—Dennis Dooley

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