Our Staff

Johnson-Schmidt & Associates is a deliberately small firm. Our small size translates to two significant benefits for our clients. First, it allows our philosophies to be deeply integrated in the projects we are involved with and second, it has made it possible for us to develop close working relationships with a number of firms that provide deep-niche expertise. This enables us to ensure that our clients’ projects benefit from a depth of knowledge in the particular areas where it is needed.

Elise Johnson-Schmidt, AIA
Principal Architect and Owner

Elise is a nationally recognized leader in historic preservation and adaptive reuse; her passion for preservation, architecture, and design is apparent in the care and attention dedicated to each project she is involved with.

Elise served as Executive Director of Market Street Restoration Agency in Corning, New York from 1990 until 2001. During her tenure, Elise was instrumental in the preservation planning efforts that are visible around the downtown Corning area.  In addition to her primary focus on the design and implementation of more than 150 façade improvement projects in the nineteenth-century commercial district, she was also influential in the creation of Corning’s 600-building Southside Historic District. The district was developed out of prototypes for upper-floor housing to promote downtown revitalization. Elise was a key player in garnering the public and private support and funding needed for a wide range of community preservation and revitalization efforts.

Other architectural projects related to historic preservation and adaptive reuse include consulting on the restoration of New York’s Grand Central Terminal (for conservator Frank Welsh), Boston’s Trinity Church (as an employee of Ann Beha Associates), and other projects in Virginia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and New York. Elise continues to consult on preservation planning and provided architectural design review for Chautauqua Institution.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation and a founding board member of the New York Main Street Alliance, Elise has helped shape New York State policy and building code. As historical architect for the state of Massachusetts, she reviewed, advised, and guided historic preservation projects seeking tax credits through the federal tax incentive program.

She is frequently sought as a speaker on historic preservation, adaptive reuse, upper story housing in commercial districts, and the relationship of all of these to economic development.

In addition to historic preservation, Elise also has interest in contemporary architecture. Among her most visible contemporary projects is the redesign of the passenger lounge and restaurant at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.

Elise is a graduate of the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning, where she also undertook graduate work in historic preservation planning. She is a registered architect in New York and Pennsylvania and in 2007, was recipient of the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction Award.

David J. Anderson
Project Manager

David has played a pivotal role in all major projects with Johnson-Schmidt & Associates since 2005. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in schematic design, cost estimating, contract administration, and construction management. He has successfully managed historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects ranging from $0.5 million to $14 million. Some of these wide-ranging projects include: Bath Masonic Hall, Oneonta Development, Corning’s War Memorial Library, and major projects at hospitals, schools, and corporate manufacturing and office facilities. In addition to these large scale projects, David also provides equally careful management of smaller non-profit and residential projects.

Prior to joining Johnson-Schmidt & Associates, David held positions as Project Manager and CAD Coordinator for King and King Architects; Architectural Designer and CAD Coordinator for both Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors and Sear-Brown; and Structural Detailer for Amthor Steel.

He recently served as Communications Director for the Southern New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Ian Wood
Architectural Design Production Manager

Ian is a graduate of Temple University’s five-year architecture program. He joined Johnson-Schmidt & Associates in 2005, after spending four years in technical positions with other firms. His expertise in New York State building codes and remarkable skills in historic structure and adaptive re-use make him a tremendous asset to the Johnson-Schmidt & Associates team.

Kacie Alaga
Preservation Specialist/Interior Designer

Kacie brings a background in interior design and a proficiency in historic research and written narratives to Johnson-Schmidt & Associates. These skills are greatly beneficial to our preservation and rehabilitation projects. She holds a B.F.A. in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego and an M.A. in Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Charles Devine
Draftsman/Intern Architect

Charles graduated from SUNY Alfred State College with a B.S. in Architectural Technology. He brings strong drafting skills as well as a willingness to learn and gain experience in historic preservation and rehabilitation.

Matt Hopkins
Draftsman/Intern Architect

Matt graduated from SUNY Alfred State College with a B.S. in Architectural Technology. He brings strong drafting skills and a budding design sense.

Internal and External Resources

In order to supplement our internal capabilities, we also maintain strong relationships with a carefully selected group of external suppliers that provide services and materials to enhance the work of each project.

These external resources include a variety of engineers, paint microscopists, wallpaper conservators, and others. By utilizing many external resources, we are able to provide our clients’ projects with specialized knowledge and expert capabilities. This technique has proven to be an effective tool for enriching the outcomes for each project and is another illustration of how we pay attention to detail.