About Us

Respecting Old & New

Attention to detail is crucial for every project's success. It demonstrates a respect for people, buildings, and budgets, forming the foundation for positive relationships with customers, suppliers, users, and the spaces themselves.

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Our Staff

Elise Johnson-Schmidt

Principal Architect & 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 of her projects.

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 visible around the downtown 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.


NYS Senate Woman of Distinction Award, 2016

Erik Lundberg

Senior Project Manager

Erik Lundberg is a senior project manager and designer involved in each phase of the architectural process. Beginning with the client’s expectation and vision, he applies his knowledge, research, planning, and critical design sense to every project. Motivated by purpose-driven quality design, Erik is inspired to create sustainable, multi-layered environments grounded in historical context. He believes that being willing to learn from the past is essential in approaching the built environment's future.

Erik received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the Wentworth Institute of Technology and his master's degree in Historic Preservation from the Pratt Institute, and he has over 18 years of industry experience. Erik has worked in many areas of architecture and construction and projects ranging from temporary art installations to corporate campus master planning; he specializes in boutique residential developments, bespoke homes, and thoughtful cultural and commercial renovation projects.

Erik is enrolled in the Architectural Experience Program as he moves toward Architectural Licensure.


Charles Devine

Architectural Design Production Manager

Charles "Chuck" Devine joined the Johnson-Schmidt team in 2012 after graduating from SUNY Alfred State College with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology. He has  ample experience in Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation projects, as well as conformance with New York State Building Code.

As Architectural Design Production Manager, Chuck provides direction to our team, preparing construction documents and executing project requirements. Chuck also brings strong drafting and 3D modeling skills, cross-project communication, and a willingness to explore and develop new efficiency models.

Chuck is enrolled in the Architectural Experience Program as he moves toward Architectural Licensure.


Alex Whydell

Historic Preservationist

Alex Whydell received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Michigan Technological University and went on to receive a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University.

Through this background, he has gained experiences in archaeology, vernacular architecture, historical research, and interpreting historic sites. Alex joined Johnson-Schmidt in January of 2022. He uses his knowledge of architectural styles and history to serve as the lead on Historic Tax Credit applications and National Register nominations.


Courtney Page

Architectural Designer I

Courtney Page is a graduate of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Architectural Studies and Studio Art.

As a member of the Johnson-Schmidt studio, Courtney brings an array of talents to the table. She is a skilled designer, Revit modeler, Lumion 3D renderer, and is gifted in the realms of arrangement and color.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including The American Institute of Architects of Central New York (which includes the A.I.A. - Academy, the A.I.A. - Small Firm Exchange, and the A.I.A. - Young Architects Forum), The Association of Preservation Technologies International as an Emerging Professional, The United States Green Building Council, The Green Business Certification Inc., The American Planning Society of New York - Upstate, and the American Society of Interior Designers.

Courtney is enrolled in the Architectural Experience Program as she moves toward Architectural Licensure.


K.M. Hollingsworth


K.M. Hollingsworth is a graduate of UNC Charlotte with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Architecture, English, and History. She has an eclectic background focused on Victorian art, decoration, and buildings.

"Miniver Cheevy" has always been one of her favorite poems.


Awards & Recognition

Historic Ithaca

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Preservation Action

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National Trust Community Investment Corporation

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Corning Southside Neighborhood Association

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NYS Senate: Women of Distinction Certificate of Recognition

Elise Johnson-Schmidt
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NYS Excellence in Historic Preservation: Corning Enterprises

Elise Johnson-Schmidt & Associates Architects
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Harvard University: Recognition of Care and Feeding of Older Buildings

Elise Johnson-Schmidt
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Corning Southside Neighborhood Association: Architectural Preservation Award

Elise Johnson-Schmidt
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Historic Ithaca Award of Merit: Cayuga Flats Scattered Site

Johnson-Schmidt Architecture
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Historic Ithaca Award of Merit: CFCU Transformation Center

Johnson-Schmidt & Associates Architects
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NYS Excellence in Historic Preservation: Hawkes Glass Apartments

David Anderson, Project Manager, Johnson-Schmidt, Architect P.C. for Hawkes Glass Apartment Building
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NYS Parks & Recreation Historic Preservation Award

Johnson-Schmidt Architecture for Klugo's Parkview Place
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NYS Excellence in Preservation Architecture: Hawkes Building

Elise Johnson-Schmidt
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NYS Jefferson Award for Public Service

Elise Johnson-Schmidt
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NY State Office of Parks & Recreation: Historic Preservation Award

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Press & Publications

Excellence Award Spotlight: Olean's First National Bank restoration
Silver Bay’s Historic Fisher Gymnasium rehabilitation project moving forward
$2 million grant for Crowley Factory Lofts
New York Preservation League honors eight advocates and historic projects across the Empire State
CMTS obtains historically relevant furniture for Quarry Farm porch
Common Council talks downtown revitalization
Quarry Farm Family Retreat with 1631 lightning rods
Revitalization discussed in Sayre
Excellence Award Winner: Arbor Gerard Block & Carroll Street Warehouse
Elmira rehabilitation wins Excellence in Historic Preservation award
New look, attractions coming to Salamanca Rail Museum
WENY: Historic Werdenberg reposition completed
FL Times: Luxury apartments ready at One Franklin Square
Massive makeover project underway in downtown Elmira
Corning's Gaffer District: Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation and Renovation
Star Gazette: Corning developers honored for preservation
OTH: Marra Buildings renovation
Urban Corning: Academy Place feature
Corning architect helps make the old new again
Klugo’s Parkview Place wins 2014 NY Preservation Award
Wall Street Journal: Masonic Temple reborn as luxury condos
NY State: Bath Masonic Temple restoration
Bath Masonic Temple project spotlight
Johnson-Schmidt & Associates Architects
Design Crucial: Masonic Temple renovation underway
Life in the Finger Lakes: Angel in the Grave
Morning Call: Spotlight on Corning