Walkability, diversity, and character are just some of the reasons Ron Lloyd works and lives in Shaker Heights.
By Jennifer Proe
Who: Ron Lloyd
Where: Van Aken District
Business: RDL Architects, Inc., on Chagrin Boulevard between Chelton and Hildana roads (in the former Glin Medical Building)
Mission: People: treating others with respect and humility. Places: designing positive innovative environments for work, live, and play. Possibilities: creating new opportunities for clients and communities.
What I Love About My Work: The collaborative process is what gives me the most satisfaction: working together with staff, consultants, and clients, both large and small. When we bought our current building 10 years ago, there were seven of us. RDL now employs 40 design professionals organized into five different “studios” that serve a variety of markets: Placemaking, Residential, Senior Living, Commercial, and Interiors. I enjoy using our collective expertise to serve our clients’ needs to see them through a project, from comprehensive planning and design to construction documentation and administration.
Personal Background: I grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Some of the early influences for my interest in architecture came from family vacations spent with relatives in Boston. I spent a lot of time with a neighbor whose dad was an architect. They were British and their home was very modern. Having grown up in a really small town in central Pennsylvania, this environment had an enlightening influence on me.
I attended Texas Tech University, where I met my wife Sharon at a house party. We’ve been married for 37 years. When I incorporated RDL architects in 1994, we were living in Lake Lucerne in Bainbridge Township, where we raised our two children, Haley and Charley. Haley is now the director of the Interiors Studio here at RDL, and Charley is in real estate development in Austin, Texas. Sharon is retired from a career in early childhood education.
After the kids were grown, it didn’t make sense to have a three-bedroom house any longer, so we decided to downsize to a condo and move closer to my office in Shaker.
On Working and Living in Shaker Heights: We like that everything is walkable and convenient, that the resident population is diverse, and that our environment is rich in character and beauty. Sharon and I just love to walk the neighborhoods of Shaker. We prize the fabric and diversity of architecture, scale, and landscape of each neighborhood.
I enjoy running around the Shaker Lakes and the High School, and Sharon is very active in vocal performance and community theater. She’s had several roles in productions with the Happy Ending Lyric Players at Fairmount Baptist Church, as well as in Chagrin Valley, Hudson, Aurora, and Canton. I like to shop at Heinen’s and cook at home. I’ve been told I make a mean tuna casserole.
One of our favorite things is to walk to Shaker Square or Fairmount Circle for breakfast on Saturday mornings. We also like to get ice cream on a summer evening and walk it off on our way back. We are looking forward to the new restaurants coming in at the Van Aken District, especially Mitchell’s Ice Cream. Though I guess we won’t be able to walk that off as easily.
RDL Architects, Inc.
16102 Chagrin Boulevard, #200
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
216.752.4300 | rdlarchitects.com