history

Robert P. Madison opened an office for the practice of architecture in Cleveland, Ohio on July 17, 1954.  This was the first African American owned architecture firm in the State of Ohio and only the tenth in the United States.

On March 18, 2016, Sandra Madison, AIA, (after working 27 years at Robert P Madison Int., Inc.) became majority owner and the firms new CEO & Chairperson. Along with her two business co-owners, husband R. Kevin Madison, AIA, President, and Robert Klann, AIA, CFO, the firm embarks on a new chapter of the Robert P Madison International, Inc. story. Today, the firm is the largest black female owned architecture firm in the State of Ohio. It should be noted that only 2% of all licensed architects are black and only 18% of all licensed architects are female.

During the last 20 years, RPMI has continuously been involved with major projects including the Cleveland Public Library, the Downtown Hilton Hotel, Cleveland Jack (Horseshoe) Casino, Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, GCRTA Euclid Corridor Health Line, Cleveland Museum of Art, Upper Chester Housing, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Great Lakes Science Center, GCRTA Waterfront Line, Willard Park Garage, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Concourses C and D, and the North Coast Harbor Master Plan.

Today, organized as an ‘S’ Corporation, the firm, Robert P Madison International, Inc. (RPMI) is certified as an Woman Owned Business, EDGE Firm and a Small Business Enterprise and Minority Business Enterprise by the State of Ohio, Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

The projects designed by RPMI are sensitive to the fabric of each city and specific to the neighborhood in which it is constructed.

RPMI utilizes Building Information Modeling Software (BIM) to produce realistic renderings, both interior and exterior, to assist the Owner and stakeholders to better visualize the final design.

The firm has significant experience in working in several types of project delivery methods including Design-Build (DB) Design-Bid-Build (DBB), and Construction Manager at Risk (CMR). Over the last 5 years, the project delivery method has been weighted toward both Design-Build and CMR.

The firm presently has a staff of 14 professionals of which 5 are Registered Architects, four have been with the firm 22-61 years and the other for eighteen years; 7 Intern Architects/ Interior Designers - two have been with the firm 10-20 years and the other five have been with the firm 1-10 years and 2 Administrative Assistants who has been with the firm for 10 years.