seeing what others don’t see…

Elevar Design Group is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH with satellite offices in Dayton, OH, Cleveland, OH, and Lexington, KY. Our roots are planted in the Tri-State region, but our projects reach around the country. We are the largest minority-owned professional design firm in Southwest Ohio. 

Serving in both the public and private sectors, we understand how to work with all types of clients. If the project is developer-led and the design is turnkey, we have dedicated staff members who are experts in their field.

elevar’s mission is to elevate the game.

We strive to contribute to our clients’ needs through smart design solutions. We intend to change the definition of “architect” and redefine what an architect is for our clients and communities by measuring success on their terms. We aim to provide our clients with intentional experiences, improved outcomes, and increased performance.

meet Emilio

our founder

Three separate design firms, each with its own specialty and established practice, have come together to form Elevar Design Group. Together, we function as a truly integrated team with staff members who have each come from the firms that now compile Elevar Design Group – a group dedicated to elevating the game for each client. Learn more about who started it all….

From the early conceptual stages, you understood our culture which fosters maturity and school spirit. Designing academic spaces that allowed our students to take ownership of their learning, your team aided in cultivating a more enriched educational experience that will serve them in the classroom and beyond.

Head of School | Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Thank you for the hard work and continued partnership with Advarra! I am so proud of what this company has become and I really think our Corporate HQ will be the next iteration in setting a corporate culture for the next decade! A personal thank you to you and Elevar for helping partner with Advarra to set the tone!

Scott E. Uebele, CEO | Advarra

From our offices, to lab spaces, to support spaces like our new kitchen and collaborative break out areas, our employees are affected by their surroundings – and in turn, this affects productivity and performance. We are proud to say that we now have spaces that match the caliber of work our staff carries out daily.

Chris Leedy, VP | Pilot Chemical

What I appreciate most is that your team truly listened to our needs. Your design team used creative thinking to provide us with current, cost effective solutions to operate our buildings efficiently.

Michael Brandt, Former Superintendent | Riverview East Academy

When we embarked on planning much needed renovations to our school in order to transform the SUA campus, your team was recommended to us as a reliable and talented group of designers. When we hired your team to manage the renovations to St. Angela Hall, our theater, we knew from the very start that we made the right decision to work with Elevar on this complicated project.

Lelia Keefe Kramer, President | St. Ursula Academy

the team

Meet the leadership team at Elevar Design Group, the brains behind our achievements. Our team comprises experienced professionals and up-and-coming talents working together seamlessly. With a combined experience of over five decades, we are dedicated to delivering excellence and pushing creative boundaries in every project we tackle.

E. Thomas Fernandez, SARA

Chief Executive Officer

Kim Patton, AIA


Christina Oyler

Vice President of Support Services

Tony Lozier, PE, LEED AP

Senior VP Engineering

David VonderBrink, RA

Senior VP Market Development

who we are…


We are specialized leaders in our respective fields. We have years of experience. Our relationships with our clients are unprecedented. But our relationships with one another are what set us apart from the others.

Starting from humble beginnings and growing into the firm it is today, the heart of Elevar is our family culture. The longevity of our team members is rare in an ever-changing market.



555 Carr St.
Cincinnati, OH 45203

120 West Second St.
Suite 1800
Dayton, OH 45402

2360 Chauvin Dr.
Lexington, KY 40517

1220 West Sixth St.
Suite 300
Cleveland, OH 44113