The firm was established in 1997 by architects Steve Hurtt and Dean Berlon to focus on their interest in architectural design and historic preservation and reuse. Over the years the firm has specialized in designing projects with the character and quality of the past while accommodating today's lifestyle. The firm's philosophy is that each project should reflect the personality of the client and that every detail is important.
The firm works out of two offices. Both offices exemplify the partners' work ethic and strive to create unique solutions for every project. The firm's original studio, urbanorder architecture, is located in the heart of the Short North neighborhood, a National Historic District just north of downtown Columbus, Ohio. It focuses on residential and commercial properties around central Ohio. The firms' other studio, Berlon/Hurtt Architects, is located in the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley, just south of Philadelphia. It focuses on the residential and historic properties of the surrounding Pennsylvania area.
DEAN O. BERLON
Mr. Berlon graduated from The Ohio State University in 1987 with a BS in Architecture, cum laude. Part of his education included a summer program in England where he learned techniques of preservation of historic buildings through Oxford University. He has been a Registered Architect in the State of Ohio since 1992.
From 1987 to 1991 he worked at George Parker & Associates, an Architectural and Development Company that bought land, subdivided it, created design guidelines and designed homes.
From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Berlon worked at Stock & Stone Architects, an Architectural Design firm in Columbus. The firm specialized in the design and construction supervision of new homes, renovations and additions. Projects include a national competition winner for site plan design of a cluster-housing site in New Albany, Ohio.
Mr. Berlon is past President of the Short North Business Association and past Chair of its Development Committee. He was involved in the Italian Village Society over the years as President, Chair of its Historic Preservation Committee and Editor of its Newsletter. He was appointed to the City of Columbus Advisory Panel for redevelopment of the Whittier Peninsula into a downtown park and is currently a judge for the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.
STEVEN A. HURTT
Mr. Hurtt received a degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University in 1986. He has been a Registered Architect in the State of Ohio since 1991.
From 1985 to 1993, he worked for UMA Architecture specializing in rehabilitation of historic buildings. Projects under his supervision ranged from single family homes, multiple site housing for The Community Housing Network, and restructuring warehouse space into luxury condominiums at the Rich Street Lofts.
From 1993 to December 1996, Mr. Hurtt worked at Artemis Design & Construction as Vice President. His responsibilities while at Artemis included architectural design work, production management and on site supervision. Projects included whole house renovations, additions, kitchen & bath remodeling.
Mr. Hurtt spent over 10 years as the Chairperson for the Italian Village Commission, an historic design review of The Italian Village National District and is currently Chair of its Parks Redevelopment Committee. He was a founding member and past president of Camp Sunrise, a not-for-profit agency set up to provide a summer camp for HIV impacted children. He is currently President of the Board of the Short North Foundation.