pelican studio unique architecture
pelican studio                                      unique architecture 

who am i?

          “After over 30 years of working for large, talented architectural firms, the time was right for me to hang out my own shingle.   My experience has shown me that the best use of my various skills is to solve unique architectural problems others may have.  Whether it’s coming in to a firm to lead a team through an entire project or be that extra set of experienced hands/eyes for construction document building or to take an old house and give it a new life through thoughtful design solutions – I provide solutions that design firms, architectural studios, developers, residential flippers and private home-owners need.   I love all aspects of the process - design, drafting, and construction – it’s all vital to the success and purpose of every structure. “

                                                                                                                                    - Paul Shirley, Owner



Paul is a registered architect with over 30 years' experience as a project architect.  His experience includes educational facilities, entertainment venues, healthcare, mercantile, multi-family and single-family residential and industrial facilities of all sizes, located throughout Ohio’s Tri-State area.  He is currently President of Pelican Studio, LLC, which specializes in managing clients with unique projects through the design/construction process and the obstacles encountered.  Paul is a long-time member of American Institute of Architects (AIA), having served in many local capacities, and is a past Associate Director Board member of the Cincinnati AIA Chapter.  He has extensive experience mentoring Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) candidates preparing to take the exam and conducting ARE workshops for the Cincinnati area.  Paul served for eight years as adjunct professor at University of Cincinnati, College of Applied Sciences, teaching drafting and design courses.  He holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certification and has most recently served his first year on NCARB’s Task Force preparing Case Studies for the ARE5.0.


EXPERIENCE:                                                                                                                              EDUCATIONAL  

Cincinnati Public Schools (gbbn)

Owners Representative

Design Oversight of (9) local Architectural Firms on (26) FMP schools

Project Manager

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Public Schools (gbbn)

HB264 Energy Conservation Measure (ECM)

Renovations to (6) Administration Buildings,

and (4) non-FMP schools and ECM Improvements to (13) Sgmt 1 FMP schools

Project Manager/Project Architect

Cincinnati, Ohio


Cincinnati Public Schools (gbbn)

Maintenance Plan (with In4: a division of GBBN)

Develop Facility MPA Reports for the State of Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio


University of Toledo – Ottawa House (gbbn)

New Student Residence Halls

Toledo, Ohio

Xavier University (MSP)

Renovation to Academic Mall – Phase 1 & 2

Design of Seminar Garden, & Alter Hall Entrance

Cincinnati, Ohio

Xavier University (MSP)

New Student Residence Hall (73,000sf)

Cincinnati, Ohio


EXPERIENCE:                                                                            PERFORMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT 


Cincinnati Museum Center - Union Terminal (gbbn)

Renovations to National Historic Registry Building

Cincinnati, Ohio


Kentucky Horse Park (gbbn)

New Indoor Equestrian Arena

Lexington, Kentucky


Second & Main Ltd, Schuster Center (gbbn)

New Performing Arts Center

Dayton, Ohio


Kentucky Horse Park (gbbn)

New Outdoor Equestrian Arena Study

Lexington, Kentucky


University of Dayton (gbbn)

Renovation of Basketball Arena

Dayton, Ohio


Riverbend Music Center (gbbn)

Renovations to Back of House

Cincinnati, Ohio


Riverbend Music Center (gbbn)

RSViP Pavilion

Cincinnati, Ohio


Newport Aquarium (gbbn)

New Stingray Exhibit

Newport, Kentucky


Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens (McC)

Relocation of Camel Ride

Cincinnati, Ohio


Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens (McC)

New Wings of Wonder Building

Cincinnati, Ohio



Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens (McC)

Study of Aquarium Addition

Cincinnati, Ohio


Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens (McC)

Renovation Study of Elephant House & Yard

Cincinnati, Ohio


Columbus Zoo (McC)

New Elephant House & Yard

Columbus, Ohio



EXPERIENCE:                                                                                                    COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT


Hamilton County (gbbn)

Renovations to Public Defender’s Office

Cincinnati, Ohio


Hamilton County (gbbn)

New Storage Shed

Cincinnati, Ohio

Hamilton County (gbbn)

PBS Practice Fields – Sod Replacement

Cincinnati, Ohio

Kroger Company (gbbn)

Renovation of Several Stores

Cincinnati / Dayton, Ohio


YWCA - Women’s Shelter (gbbn)

Renovation to National Historic Registry Building

Hamilton, Ohio


Erlanger Municipal Building (gbbn)

Design of New Fountain

Erlanger, Kentucky


Boone County Court House (gbbn)

Renovation to National Historic Registry Building

Boone County, Kentucky


Madisonville Civic Center (McC)

Renovation of 7,200sf Existing Building

Cincinnati (Madisonville), Ohio


Union Township Public Library (MSP)

Renovation/Addition (1,900sf, 2nd flr)

Ripley, Ohio


Buddy’s Carpet (MSP)

New 5,000sf Retail Store

Cincinnati, Ohio


Bush Auto Place (MSP)

New Dealership Store

Wilmington, Ohio


Bush Leasing Corporate Office (MSP)


Wilmington, Ohio


All About Sports (MSP)

New Retail Store

Lafayette, Indiana


Marriott Hotel (MSP)

New Hotel Building

Cincinnati, Ohio


Holiday Inn (MSP)

Study of exterior appearance upgrades

Covington, Kentucky


City of Cincinnati (MSP)

Renovations to Firehouse #17 and #29

Cincinnati, Ohio


Trinity United Methodist Church (MSP)


Cincinnati, Ohio


Squeri Foods, Inc (MSP)

Renovation & Addition to existing freezer

Cincinnati, Ohio


MCI (Federal Reserve Building) (MSP)

Renovation of existing tenant space

Cincinnati, Ohio


Basic Trust Child Development Center (MSP)

Renovation/addition (9,600sf, 2-sty)

Alexandria, Kentucky


Bethany House I (MSP)

New (24) unit Multi-family housing

Cincinnati, Ohio


Anna Louise Inn (MSP)

Renovation of 2nd Floor

Cincinnati, Ohio


Cincinnati Art Club (UC)

Study of 3,500 sf Addition

Cincinnati, Ohio



EXPERIENCE:                                                                                                                               HEALTHCARE    


Children’s Hospital Medical Center (gbbn)

New Education Center, 6-story building

Cincinnati, Ohio

Children’s Hospital Medical Center (gbbn)

New Ph 3 Clinical Building, 8-story building

Cincinnati, Ohio


St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood (gbbn)

New Bereavement Center

Edgewood, Kentucky


St. Elizabeth Medical Cntr, Edgewood (gbbn)

New Hospice building

Edgewood, Kentucky


St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood (gbbn)

Entrance Addition, Heart and Vascular Inst

Edgewood, Kentucky


St. Elizabeth Medical Cntr, Edgewood (gbbn)

Renovation to Endoscopy Unit

Edgewood, Kentucky


St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Grant Cty (gbbn)

Renovation to Endoscopy Unit

Grant County, Kentucky


St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Grant Cty (gbbn)

Renovation to X-Ray Department

Grant County, Kentucky


University of Rochester, Strong Memorial (gbbn)

Expansion of Emergency Department (105,000sf)

Rochester, New York

Northside Medical Center (gbbn)

Addition of New Hospital Patient Bed wing

Youngstown, Ohio


EXPERIENCE:                                                                                                                                    INDUSTRIAL 


Peter Cremer, NA (CDG)

New mezzanine for new equipment line

Cincinnati, Ohio


Park West International Industrial Park (SSY)

Design of Buildings C (184,000sf) & D (320,000sf)

Erlanger, Kentucky


Rumpke Waste Management (MSP)

New Maintenance Building

Cincinnati, Ohio


Meyer Tool, Inc (MSP)

700sf Addition

Cincinnati, Ohio


BFI Recycling Center (MSP)

Renovate Warehouse into Recycling Center

Cincinnati, Ohio

Prototype Study (MSP)

Metal building constructed, then dis-assembled and shipped to Soviet Union for storage of apples



EXPERIENCE:                                                                                                                                   RESIDENTIAL


River Road Residence

Renovation of Multi-family Home

Cincinnati, Ohio


Cornell Avenue Residence

Renovation/2nd Story Addition

Terrace Park, Ohio


Berwood Avenue Residence

Renovation/2nd Story Addition

Madeira, Ohio


Mendelsohn Residence

640sf Accessible Addition

Symmes Twp, Ohio


Rutherford Road Residence

Custom Designed Screened-in-deck Addition

Columbus, Ohio


Aft Residence

Custom Designed 500sf addition for Stationary Lap pool and Spa

Clifton, Ohio


Nagy / Lemmel Residence

Custom Designed Log Home

New Richmond, Ohio



PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT                                                                                                                           


12/2016 - present

pelican studio, Symmes Twp

President: Chief Bottle washer, Bar Back, Cook, Waiter and Hostess


01/2003 – 06/2012

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

Adjunct Professor, College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Architectural Engineering


01/1998 – 11/2016

gbbn architects, Cincinnati

Project Architect and Project Manager:  documentation and construction admin


10/1996 – 01/1998

Smith, Stevens & Young, Sharonville

Project Designer: design, documentation and construction admin


04/1996 – 10/1996

Mark McCollow and Associates, Cincinnati

Project Designer:  design, documentation and construction admin


1988 – 03/1996

McGill Smith Punshon, Sharonville

Intern Architect/Project Designer:  design and documentation and construction admin




PROFESSIONAL   AFFILIATIONS                                                                                                                           

2017 - present

ARE5.0 Case Study Task Force, NCARB (Washington DC)

2004 - present

Action Cmte + school volunteer, DesignLab, with AFC

01/2012 - present

Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) Cmte - Chair, sub-cmte of AIA Cincinnati

01/2012 – present

The Academy Cmte, sub-cmte of AIA Cincinnati

01/2010 – 12/2011

Assoc. Director Board Member, AIA Cincinnati

01/2007 - 12/2009

Young Architects and Interns Forum (YAiF) Co-Chair, sub-cmte of AIA Cincinnati


Architecture Cmte. Accessibility Cmte - Chair, Southern Ohio Episcopal Church Diocese


Director Youth Ministries, Volunteer Teacher, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

contact me today!

pelican studio architect
10449 gateway dr

cincinnati, oh 45242

p: 513.652.8700



Registered Architect: Ohio (2014-present)

NCARB Certified

LEED Accredited Professional BD+C

(2009 - present)



University of Cincinnati

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering

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