EOP Architects promotes 3 to principals of firm, 1 to associate

LEXINGTON, Ky. — EOP Architects announced Tuesday the promotion of Ben Simmons (Louisville office), Daniel Ware (Lexington) and Kevin Gough (Lexington) to principal. The firm promoted Matthew Schultz (Louisville) to associate.

EOP Architects is an award-winning architecture and interior design firm with offices in Lexington and Louisville.

“We are proud to recognize the professional accomplishments of these architects who have contributed to our work through design excellence and creating valuable client relationships,” said firm co-founder Rick Ekhoff. “ They truly represent the vitality and vision of EOP’s future.”

Ben Simmons

Simmons joined EOP in 2005, executing projects ranging from office buildings to major renovations to sports venues and academic spaces.

He manages all phases of project execution, beginning with programming and concept through construction and owner occupancy. Simmons’ focus on creative and appropriate design solutions, coupled with his knowledge of logistics and execution, has contributed to award-winning projects, early project completions and numerous cost-savings for the betterment of all parties.

He moved to Louisville in 2015 to open and manage EOP’s Louisville office.

Daniel Ware

Ware joined EOP in 2006 and was the first recipient of AIA Kentucky’s Emerging Professional Award in 2010.

With over 25 years in architecture, his experience involves varied typologies including, healthcare, academic, multi-family residential, retail, fitness and recreation and workplace. A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Design, Ware serves as the acting treasurer for AIA Kentucky.

Kevin Gough

Gough joined EOP in 2017 bringing over 20 years of experience in architecture to the firm.

With a master of architecture from Cornell University and a bachelor of architecture from the University of Kentucky, he has a particularly expansive portfolio of historic rehabilitation projects and is skilled at assisting clients with the historic tax credit process. Gough has been the lead architect on a wide variety of award-winning project typologies including office, multifamily residential, retail and hospitality.

Matthew Schultz

Schultz joined EOP in 2015 after working at leading firms in Louisiana and Mississippi, and was elevated to firm associate in 2019. He is an experienced architect whose work has focused on academic, institutional, office, civic, cultural and retail. Schultz is a valuable project manager whose attention to detail and mannered approach have provided a great foundation to help navigate complex projects though each project phase.

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