SSOE Group Architects Appointed to 2024 American Institute of Architects Toledo Board

TOLEDO, Ohio, January 29, 2024 SSOE Group, an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, is proud to announce the recent appointment of three architects—David Johnson, Tim Swartz, and Ashley Hathaway—to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Toledo Board.

David S. Johnson, AIA, NCARB, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Architect and Mechanical Engineer, was recently appointed Secretary by AIA Toledo for the 2024-2025 term after previously holding the Associate Director position for the last four years. In the Secretary role, Johnson will be responsible for recording and corresponding for the chapter, keeping minutes of proceedings, issuing all chapter notifications, keeping the membership roll, and preparing reports, among other tasks. At SSOE, Johnson specializes in mechanical engineering and architectural design for manufacturing facilities. He also functions as a discipline technology leader in BIM / CAD modeling efforts. Johnson holds both a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Architecture degree and has more than 12 years of experience.

Tim Swartz, AIA, NCARB, Senior Architect and Senior Associate, is beginning his second year of a two-year term as Director-At-Large for AIA Toledo. The Director-At-Large represents chapter members, acts as a liaison between chapter members and the executive committee and makes recommendations and reports accordingly. At SSOE, Swartz is responsible for full project development from initial design analysis through construction. He carries both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science and has more than 17 years of design experience along with seven years of construction experience in industries including higher education, K-12 / STEM schools, R&D facilities, automotive, and manufacturing. Over the past decade, Swartz has become SSOE’s resident workforce development expert, specializing in projects involving innovation incubators / hubs, and higher education technical and skilled trades training centers.

Ashley Hathaway, AIA, Senior Architect and Associate, was elected as a Director by AIA Toledo. In the Director role, Hathaway will provide guidance and input to the executive committee and be assigned to special projects. Additionally, she will function as a committee chair when needed. At SSOE, Hathaway leads the design and delivery process on various project types including education and corporate workplace. Hathaway holds both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture and has more than nine years of experience.

The AIA is a professional membership organization serving architects worldwide. Members must be registered architects or associate members working toward registration. Currently, there are more than 98,000 members and over 200 chapters. As the largest design organization in the world, AIA is working to transform the day-to-day practice of architecture to achieve a zero-carbon, resilient, healthy, just, equitable built environment for everyone. AIA Toledo is the local affiliate chapter of the AIA national organization.

About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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