Kevin Hengst, AIA, is a graduate of Kent State University School of Architecture and Environmental Design where he earned both a Bachelor of Science Degree, and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. He studied at Kent’s northeast Ohio campus and in Florence, Italy with Kent’s study abroad program. He graduated top of his class in 1982, worked at a couple Cleveland Area architectural firms, became a Registered Architect in 1986, and started his own firm in 1988.
In 1990 Kevin joined James Streff in founding Hengst Streff Architects which later became Hengst Streff Bajko. His client history at HSB includes KeyBank, CMHA, Marcus Thomas, PolyOne, MCI WorldCom, PNC, and Invacare, as well as numerous on-going relationships with developers, brokers, and builders. Kevin’s awards include an AIA Honor Award, a Partner of the Year Award with CMHA, a NAIOP Interior Design of the Year Award, and an AIA Volunteer of the Year Award. Design Competitions Kevin has contributed to include Storefront for Art and Architecture’s adaptive re-use of America’s NIKE nuclear missile sites, a submission to the Martin Luther King Memorial Design Competition, and an entry in the World Trade Center Memorial Design Competition. A winner, with James Streff, of the Falls Mower Barn Design Charrette, saving a small town barn and repurposing it as a proposed Community Arts Center; and an honored invitee designing an architectural holiday ornament for the White House Christmas Tree.
A member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Kevin is a licensed Architect in all 50 states, and a long standing member of the American Institute of Architects. Kevin’s community involvement includes being a past Board Member of the Home Repair Resource Center in Cleveland Heights, an ‘Ask an Architect’ volunteer at the Cleveland Heights Home Remodeling Fair, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and an active donor to Volunteers of America, and Trinity Cathedral’s homeless shelter outreach programs. Kevin lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife Susan, their two daughters Maddie and Sophia, and their two dogs Ella and Archie.