About Buildipedia

Buildipedia was created by AEC professionals to fill their unmet need for a site to share knowledge, promote best practices, and advance their understanding of building processes.

Since its public launch in 2010, Buildipedia has established itself as an invaluable resource for the home improvement and DIY crowd, in addition to the professionals who frequent Buildipedia looking for the latest in design and construction.

With new videos, articles, and photo galleries coming every week, Buildipedia is poised for explosive growth as an increasing audience of professionals, students, and consumers go online seeking answers, solutions, and the right products.

Buildipedia's operations, including editorial, marketing, sales, web & video production, are based in Columbus, Ohio

Meet the Team

 
Jennifer Randle

Jennifer Randle

Managing Editor

Jennifer served as an editor-at-large for Buildipedia since it began, basically, and decided to expand her role because she loves the site so profoundly. Before joining the team at Buildipedia, she worked as an editor for various publications, including scientific journals, newspapers, and magazines. She graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in journalism and is an experienced reporter as well. As Buildipedia's managing editor, Jennifer enjoys knowing that readers can expect thoughtful and relevant content, written by an eclectic assortment of bloggers, reporters, and AEC professionals around the world.

 
Suzanne Graham

Fernando Pagés Ruiz

Associate Editor

Homebuilder, developer and author Fernando Pagés Ruiz builds in the Midwest and Mountain States and consults internationally on how to build high-quality, affordable and energy-efficient homes. As a builder, his projects have numerous awards including the 2008 “Green Building Single Family House of the Year” and the 2007 “Workforce Housing Award” from the National Association of Home Builders. In 2006, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's PATH project chose him to build America's first PATH Concept Home, a home that is affordable to purchase and to maintain while meeting the criteria of LEED for Homes, ENERGY STAR, MASCO Environments for Living, and the NAHB's Green Building standards. A frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding and EcoHome magazines, Pagés is also the author of two books published by the Taunton Press: Building an Affordable House: A high-value, low-cost approach to building (2005) and Affordable Remodel: How to get custom results on any budget (2007).

Contact Fernando on facebook or by way of his website buildingaffordable.com.

 
Suzanne Graham

Suzanne Graham

Associate Editor

Suzanne lives and breathes search engine optimization. As the Associate Editor, Suzanne is responsible for bringing Buildipedia's quality content to the forefront of Internet searches. Prior to joining the Buildipedia team in 2008, she enjoyed a decade of experience in legal and engineering research. Suzanne uses this experience to help ensure the quality of Buildipedia's editorial content. Suzanne holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University.

 
Ray Thimmes

Ray Thimmes

Web Designer

Ray has been Buildipedia's web designer since 2011. He handles day to day article layout and assists in administrative management of the site. He has worked on national campaigns for brands such as Chase Bank, Nestle, and the Columbus Crew. He has also served as a designer for the State of Ohio and the Columbus College or Art & Design. He graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2011 with a BFA in Advertising/Graphic Design.

 
Mark Vuchenich

Mark Vuchenich

Marketing Manager

Mark comes to Buildipedia with experience in multiple marketing disciplines. In addition to advertising partnerships and special event promotions, Mark has been a strategic brand-building and visual communications consultant to a variety of clients over the past seven years. He holds a Master’s degree in Global Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College and a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Bethany College.

 
David Gardner

David Gardner

Lead Designer & Webmaster

David has been building websites of all sizes since his teenage years. David is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Buildipedia.com while also serving as the principal graphic designer. He has worked on projects for small businesses, national political campaigns, and global brands alike. David studied visual communication design at The Ohio State University before joining Kinopicz American during its founding in 2009.

 
Damian Wohrer

Damian Wohrer

Director of Photography

Damian, a director of photography and film producer, shoots and directs many of Buildipedia's original HD productions. After high school, Damian hit the road – traveling and perfecting his photography around the United States. Soon after, he began exhibiting and selling his original prints. Damian studied filmmaking in New York City and photography at The Ohio State University. He then moved west, where he worked in props and as an apprentice on Hollywood feature films. In 2009, he co-founded Kinopicz American with Francesco Lazzaro. His downtime is spent cooking, watching movies, and farming.

 
Francesco Lazzaro

Francesco Lazzaro

Director of Operations

Francesco has been thinking about Buildipedia continuously since Ryan Carpico first wouldn’t stop talking about it back in the fall of 2008. As Director of Operations for Buildipedia, Francesco brings over a decade of experience in operational management, process analysis, and systems architecture. As co-founder of Kinopicz American with Damian Wohrer, Francesco supervises the editing and post-production of all Buildipedia original HD programming. Francesco is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English.

 
Mark Leatherwood

Mark Leatherwood

Founding Partner

Mark graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor's degree in 1973 and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, from which he graduated with honors in 1985. Mark served for over five years as a nuclear-qualified submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Upon exiting the Navy, Mark founded a franchising business that he sold to Chemlawn Corporation after establishing franchises over a multi-state area. He then became a founder and principal of LW Associates in 1986. LW Associates and its affiliated companies provide real estate development, financial underwriting, and construction and property management services throughout Ohio. With total value of the projects exceeding $300 million, LW Associates has completed more than 70 commercial and residential developments in Ohio. Mark co-founded Buildipedia along with business partner David Skomorowski in 2009.

 
David Skomorowski

David Skomorowski

Founding Partner

David graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor's degree in 1970 and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to founding LW in 1988, he was president of Huntington Leasing Company, a subsidiary of Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio.