Founding Partners

Co-founders, Ernie and Katie, practiced architecture in Orlando, Florida for over 10 years and recently relocated to launch Arcx Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.  For Katie, it's a return home.  She grew up in central Kentucky and attended the University of Cincinnati's DAAP Architecture program for her graduate studies before starting her career in the south.  For Ernie, it's a new adventure.  As a native Floridian, Ernie is enjoying a change in scenery and seasons.

When considering where to setup shop, Cincinnati was a no-brainer.  The revitalization and energy in Over-the-Rhine, in particular, was certainly intriguing to two architects.  With the combination of renovated historic buildings and contextual modern architecture, Katie and Ernie felt that this was not only a place worth investing, but a place to call home.

Arcx Studio, CEO

Katherine Conner

Founder & CEO

Architect, Interior Designer

Workplace Director


As CEO of Arcx Studio, Katie is focused on establishing partnerships in the local Cincinnati CRE and architecture communities.  Her design expertise includes corporate headquarters, tech / cool space, industrial and workplace strategy.

Katie is internally driven by a quiet entrepreneurial spirit.  Upon receiving her architectural license, she co-founded Walker Design in Orlando, Florida and helped mold the company for four years as Principal.  She is proud to have cultivated this award winning firm, which is a recognized design leader in the central Florida corporate design market and she looks forward to similar successes in Cincinnati with Arcx Studio.

With her initial training as an interior designer, Katie holds a unique perspective among her architect colleagues.  Understanding space at the human scale prior to studying buildings within site and city contexts has influenced her personal design outlook.  Katie has a fundamental belief that spaces can change our comfort and emotional well-being.  It is this experiential and transformative nature of architecture that sustains her passion.

Master of Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 2010

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, University of Kentucky, 2006

Arcx Studio COO

Ernest Palmer

Founder & COO


Healthcare Director


As a Project Architect Ernie guides teams of planners, designers, engineers and owners through complex projects from conceptual design through final inspections. His focus includes large scale healthcare, medical office buildings and industrial.

Ernie comes from an industry leader in healthcare design. He brings with him lean project development skills and a sustainable approach to design. Project accomplishments include LEED Gold for Healthcare and project recognition for design excellence. Ernie is passionate about the design/ construction process with end focus on the patient/ family experience. He has proven ability in completing complex expansions on multiple high-rise projects while helping clients maintain fully operational facilities.

Ernie believes in fostering incredible design while maximizing functionality. His technical skill in building systems and thorough understanding of construction methodology are key to his continued success. Ernie is proud and appreciative of the career path which brings him to Cincinnati and looks forward to contributing to the local architectural landscape.

Master of Architecture, University of Florida, 1998

Bachelor of Design, University of Florida, 1993

Captain, US Army, Aviation

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