Alumni Profiles & Spotlights

Brian Shore Brian Shore final 5x7 B+W warm
('69)

Born and raised on Long Island, I left for KSU in 1964. I met my wife Sally (Culp) Shore, BFA '68, graduated, and returned to Long Island in 1969. After receiving my architectural license in '72, I opened my own practice in 1978. We specialize in luxury residential single family homes.

Greatest lesson learned at Kent State:
Kent gave me the tools & set the standards that I draw on every day.

Favorite Kent State professor:
Each one left their mark but my favorites are: Osyp Martyniuk (we both arrived on campus the same year), James Montalto, Foster Armstrong, Conrad McWilliams

Most significant professional accomplishment:
I received the lifetime achievement award from the Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Favorite campus memory:
In the fall of 1998, the School of Architecture and Environmental Design presented an exhibition of my work in their gallery. My second favorite memory is finally passing Structural Analysis

Company / Personal web page:
http://www.brianshore.com/

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Bob Callori ('69)

Jan. 13, 2010 - Short bio:
Graduated in 1969 with bachelor of architecture degree. Became licensed in New York, New Jersey and California. Worked as an architect for several years where opportunities lead me to becoming a CAD manager, computer programmer for an international design firm,  author of computer related books, program director for San Francisco State University's AutoCAD and multimedia program and educator at University of California. 

Greatest lesson learned at Kent State:
Given the tools at Kent, determination and dedication offered me the opportunity to grow and become successful. 

Favorite Kent State professor:
Foster Armstrong 

Most significant life accomplishment:
So many - getting my architects license, becoming an international author, educator and computer programmer 

Favorite campus memory:
Sharing dorm life with exceptional roomates.

Dario DiMare ('80) Dario Dimare 004

Jan. 6, 2010 - Short bio:
Dario DiMare was born and raised in Ashtabula, Ohio. Dario DiMare is the founder and president of Dario Designs, officially recognized as the world's best media facility architects.  He has worked on hundreds of projects in the U.S. as well as many more in China, Vietnam, India, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Canada.  He is married with one daughter living just outside of Boston, Mass. 

Greatest lesson learned at Kent State:
No matter how well you think you did something, it can always be done better.

Favorite Kent State Professor:
Joe Schidlowski and Osyp Martyniuk 

Most significant life accomplishment:
Other than my family, being officially recognized as the best in the world at something. Media facility architect.

Favorite campus memory:
Traying in the winter. 

Company / Personal web page:
www.dariodesigns.com 

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VOCON

Dec. 9, 2009 - The CAED is proud to have so many graduates working at Vocon in Cleveland, Ohio. Vocon is a fast-growing, Cleveland-based firm specializing in interior design, architecture, sustainable design and technology. Inc. magazine holds an annual ranking of America's fastest-growing privately held companies.  This year marks the third straight year that Vocon has made this list. They also have repeatedly made the list for one of the top places to work in Northeast Ohio.

Vocon's team of 60+ professionals is dedicated to integrating place, technology and innovation to support the creative process.

Vocon was the first firm to establish a scholarship to assist a KSU interior design student. A special thanks to Vocon for their partnership with the CAED!

Scott Malenock ('92) Scott Malenock

Dec. 9, 2009 - Short bio:
Scott Malenock is a Partner and Vice President of Michael Brady Inc. Architecture which is a 70 person multi-office national architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn.  Scott has been with Michael Brady Inc. for 12 years and is the Principal-in-Charge of their Orlando, Fla. regional office.  During this time, Mr. Malenock's career has involved prominent projects across the country and includes a variety of work in the office, retail, hospitality, medical, industrial, education, worship, mixed use, and entertainment sectors. 

Greatest lesson learned at Kent State:
Architecture is like driving a car across the country at night.  You might not be able to see more than a 100 feet ahead at any given time or the end solution right away, but with good directions you eventually get there.  This was a phase from my second year studio professor, Mr. Benjamin.

Favorite Kent State professor:
Conrad McWilliams - he had a great mix of knowledge, humor, discipline, and character.  I learned a lot from him in structures classes and studio.  I also looked forward to the time I would be in his class and the individual time he made a point to take with you to critique your designs, challenge your ideas, and encourage you when you needed a positive push. 

Most significant life accomplishment: 
Husband, father of seven year-old twins, Carson & Kaitlyn, and Principal-in-Charge of Michael Brady Inc.'s Orlando regional office.

Favorite campus memory:
"Cardboard village" in the studio space of Taylor Hall is a standout memory.  Everyone would create their own cubicle out of cardboard and claim their spot.  It always became a very interesting and fun environment.  Since we spent half our college career in the studio, students would personalize their spaces so they would each take on a unique identity not to mention the mini fridge, toaster oven, and occasional hammock that might also be found.   Oh yeah, the other half of our college career was spent at The Loft and Ray's Place.....studying, of course.

Company / Personal web page:
www.michaelbradyinc.com

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Larry Armstrong ('80)

Nov. 4, 2009 - Short bio:
I grew up in Painesville, Ohio. I knew I wanted to be an architect when I was six years old. I spent many hours in my childhood climbing around construction sites. When I was ready to apply for college admission, I researched several accredited programs. I was accepted to and visited 3-4 colleges, but chose KSU because of its strong, well rounded curriculum, and also the Florence study abroad program.
After graduation, I was laid off from my first job during the 1981 recession. At that point, my wife Sandy and I decided to pack the car and move to Southern California. We have been here ever since, and have enjoyed raising our two wonderful children , James and Lauren.
I give a great deal of credit to our great architecture program at KSU for the success I have been able to achieve in my career. 

Greatest lesson learned at Kent State:
The architect practices the noblest profession.  We are truly renaissance people, with a developed  aptitude for whole brain thinking.  Success demands commitment to a lifetime of hard work and continuous development of creative, technical, leadership and people skills.

Favorite Kent State professor:
Neil Guda. Mr. Guda inspired me to be a complete architect. His mentoring and advice had a huge influence on me and my professional development.

Most significant life accomplishment:
CEO, Ware Malcomb.  I was fortunate to be given the opportunity, with my partner, to buy our firm during 1992 downturn, and subsequently expanded to 240 people, $50 million dollars in billings and 11 offices.

Favorite campus memory:
First and second year, making the pilgrimage up the hill in the snow from Tri Towers to Taylor Hall, lugging models and boards on Crit day. 
Fourth-Year semester in Florence. That experience changed my life and expanded my view of the world. 

Company / Personal web page:
www.waremalcomb.com
www.linkedin.com/in/lawrencearmstrong
www.cd-arts.com
http://twitter.com/WareMalcombCEO

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