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Many people are afraid of taking up architecture because they think you have to be a wizard at Math or a Van Gogh in the art to succeed. While you should be good in both, you don’t have to be genius or a prodigy. Your Architect skills list should include the usual set of competencies but the most important one is something you develop throughout your entire life: Problem Solving. Architects should know how to calculate square footages but not structural load balances. That is the engineer’s job.

Our opportunity, as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple.

But Architects are hired to solve problems. They have to build a structure that meets a specific function. How will you put all the component parts together? And of course, it must fit the budget.

That is why Architects spend nearly a lifetime of learning. Not only do courses take 4 or 5 years but there are various programs you have to undertake and a licensing exam to hurdle

Bass Studio Architects was asked by Steiner and Associates to provide a special design for the highly visible Bibibop Asian Grill at Easton Station in Easton Towne Center.

Who We Are

An award-winning, full-service
architectural design firm

BASS STUDIO ARCHITECTS is a full-service architectural design firm. Our services include planning, architecture, interiors, retail, and related design services.


LICENSE: BSA is licensed to practice architecture in the states of Ohio and Virginia. Owner Tim Bass also holds an NCARB certification that allows him to obtain licensing in all states except Hawaii, Alaska and California.

LEED: Mr. Bass is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

SCOPE: Resisting specialization has challenged us to become proficient in the design and technical challenges of a wide range of project types and sizes. We are proud of our diverse portfolio; it is a testament to our ability to analyze, learn and respond efficiently and successfully. Our many repeat clients speak to our success. Within the broad scope of our practice, we have developed areas of special expertise — one of which is restaurant and entertainment-related design.


Major corporate and institutional repeat clients include:

  • The Ohio State University
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Ohio University
  • The state of Ohio
  • Steiner + Associates
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  • Six Flags Amusement Parks
  • Southwest Public Library
  • Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Clear Channel Entertainment

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: While most of our work is local and regionally based in central Ohio and the state of Ohio, we also have completed projects in Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

STRUCTURE: We manage our projects on a “horizontal,” team-based method. There is no separation of functions in our process. The same team handles the design, production and construction aspects of the project. This approach has been proven to provide more continuity through the project and a more fluid follow through in the execution of the work. Furthermore, there will always be someone heading the team and in direct contact with the client.

DESIGN AND PROBLEM SOLVING: Bass Studio Architects has become known for its culture of innovation. We have always welcomed projects of every type and size. With a focus on creative problem solving as the core of our practice, we have been called upon by repeat clients for the explicit purpose of a new analysis or to help learn something new about themselves through the creative process.

LEADERSHIP: Every project ultimately embodies a different process for moving through design and execution. Bass Studio Architects has a solid track record of managing the various processes, whether public or private projects, large stakeholder committees or individual representatives, community design review, or a single owner.

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BSA by the Numbers

Based in Columbus in the heart of Ohio, Bass Studio Architects has also completed architectural design projects in eight other states throughout the Midwest and eastern United States (see map below).

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