The Hanna Building 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1010 | Cleveland, OH 44115 | T 216.241.2220 | F 216.241.2221



Jill V. Akins, AIA established Van Auken Akins Architects LLC (VAA) in May 1992 with a vision to design inspiring environments while providing exceptional communication and service to clients in both the public and private sectors.  VAA is both FBE and CSB certified in the City of Cleveland and SBE certified in Cuyahoga County; the firm will be able to exceed any FBE requirements. The single employee firm, committed to providing outstanding service to clients, began with projects ranging from homes to public buildings and golf clubs. Quickly the firm grew its client base and staff, adding about one employee each year.




Today the VAA staff totals over 23, with design projects exceeding $3 billion in construction. Our services include architectural design, interior design, planning, and construction management.  We are skilled in specialized construction projects such as science and research facilities, health care centers, correctional institutions, airports and educational institutions. VAA’s staff includes ten licensed professionals: nine Registered Architects and one NCIDQ Certified Interior Designers.


Our clients, ranging from the private to public sector, are encouraged to actively participate in the design process.  We believe that this collaboration is essential to ensuring the client vision is met while staying within the prescribed timeline and budget.


As members of the Northeast Ohio chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), VAA is committed to sustainable design.  Whenever possible, we specify products and construction methods to help create a safer environment.  Currently, we have eight Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) on staff, with several more studying for the exam.


VAA is certified as a Female Business Enterprise (FBE) with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services’ Encouraging Diversity and Growth Enterprise (EDGE) program and the Ohio Unified Certification Program (UCP) that includes agencies such as the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA), Central Ohio Transit Authority, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Ohio Turnpike, the Cleveland Municipal School District, City of Cleveland, County of Cuyahoga, Ohio Department of Purchasing, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Department of Port Control and the Columbus Public Schools.





As VAA continues to excel in its twenty four years of business, we remain committed to providing quality work and exceptional service to our clients.  To do this, we consistently explore new projects to diversify our expertise and embrace new, innovative technology to help us work better, smarter and faster.  Most importantly, we will remain true to the solid business ethics on which VAA was founded; professionalism, integrity and commitment to excellence.


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