AIA, LEED AP | President

University of Cincinnati | Bachelor of Architecture 1993

After beginning his career with a locally based national homebuilder, Jim joined the firm in 1997. He has experience in a broad range of project types and scale, including single family residential, multi-family, affordable housing, restaurants, commercial, educational, and municipal facilities. The drive and impetus of his career is the joy of bringing each and every client’s unique vision to fruition. The core tenet of Jim’s approach to delivering a successful project is a thorough understanding of each client’s specific requirements and ensuring those requirements are communicated with the design team and contractor through a collaborative effort.

In his down time, Jim volunteers with Working in Neighborhoods renovating homes for purchase by low-income residents and “relaxes” watching his 3 sons’ various sporting events. As with architecture, it’s more relaxing when they win.

Registrations: OH, CO, IA, ID, IL, MN, MO, NE, OR, UT, WA, WI,



R.A. | Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer

University of Cincinnati | Bachelor of Architecture 1979

Joining the firm in 1987, Ralph wears several hats….though when in the field he wears a hard hat. He has been an active principal as vice-president, secretary, and treasurer of the firm for the past 28 years.   His responsibilities include serving as project manager and architect for a wide range of project types including educational, commercial, ecclesiastical, and industrial.  He is also responsible for the administrative aspects of operating the business.  

Mr. Cooper’s primary strengths are field investigations, development of construction documents and construction administration.  His broad knowledge base of construction methodologies is utilized in the detailing of our buildings. He takes great pride in his attention to drawing details that are easily buildable and support the longevity of the building. His detailing not only reduces issues during construction, but also reduces long term building maintenance costs.  Together, these key skills help reduce the number of change orders on a project and assist the contractor in completing a project as quickly as possible to the benefit of our clients.

When not in the office he likes to tinker with building things and learning new skills.  He is actively involved in the Boys Scouts of America and a firm believer in their motto of “Be Prepared!”. He can always be found carrying a cutting tool, a light source, and means of making fire…..just in case.

Registrations: KY, OH, IN



AIA, LEED AP | Associate, Director of Design

University of Kentucky | Bachelor of Architecture 2004

Emma is an 11th generation Kentuckian (don’t hold it against her), and after an 8 year stint playing architect in the picturesque Teton Mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, she has returned to her motherland. Emma has 15 years of comprehensive professional experience as an architect. She maintains a diverse professional practice and has been honored with numerous design awards.

Collaboration is her design methodology. She believes in the coordinated efforts among architects, clients, consultants, contractors, and community are integral to the success of every project. As architects and designers it is our duty to be facilitators and translators of clients’ ideas and values into the built form. She believes architecture has the power to represent the aspirations of its time and the specific nuances of each client’s vision while embodying a reverence for place.

When not standing at her desk you can likely find Emma gallivanting around her farm, mountain biking, or hiking deep into the woods without her phone.

Registrations: KY, ID




University of Cincinnati | Master of Architecture 2005, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2003

Matt began his career at PCA in 2002 as a co-operative education student. After graduation, he  re-joined the team in 2007. His responsibilities entail bringing a project from design development to a completed set of construction documents. Matt’s focus is keeping a concentrated schedule and finding sound decisions to a project’s challenges. Being a LEED Accredited professional, he is competent in making environmentally friendly project decisions. He will work with you and your team to see that the ideas, aspirations and expectations are integrated into your project. Matt’s office duties include maintaining the firm’s website and general preparation of marketing materials.

Outside of the office Matt enjoys attending concerts with his wife, going to sporting events with friends, golfing, snowboarding and spending time with his children.

Registrations: OH





University of Cincinnati | Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology, 1995

Mark began his journey in the world of architecture across the river in Ohio where he spent 8 years with a firm prior to joining us in 2003. With a broad range of project types to his credit, he is comfortable tackling projects of any scale and seeing them through from planning to construction.

Technically minded, Mark sees technology as a pathway for better project delivery, both within the office and in the built world. He feels, however, it is the people who make the magic happen. Collaboration between client, architect, consultant, and contractor is what gets spaces built and buildings occupied. Ideally, everyone has a little fun along the way.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys all things baseball, being with family, spending time in soil therapy (gardening), longing to be near the water, and immersing himself in the amazing world of permaculture.




University of Cincinnati | Bachelor of Architecture 2005

Joining the firm in late 2018, Ryan comes to PCA after spending the past 7 years in the granite/quartz industry fabricating high end countertops.  His passion for design never faded and decided to focus his efforts on buildings instead of countertops.  At the end of the day, he puts the client first and sees the project from their standpoint beginning at design development and through construction documents.  As a LEED accredited professional, he always looking for and environmentally responsive solution.

When not working, Ryan volunteers for a local animal rescue fostering dogs.  His best friend is his 80 lbs. Treeing Walker Coonhound, Banks that he fostered for 2 years.  He is a big sports fan always representing Ohio whether that is the Bearcats, Ohio State, or the Browns.  In his free time he loves to spend time with friends and family.  You can find him on the golf course at least once a week when the weather is nice.