Adam Wisler grew up in downtown Flint, Michigan and earned an academic scholarship to The
University of Arizona College of Architecture, in Tucson, Arizona.
While at The University of Arizona, he was an active and outspoken executive board member of
many student groups and academic organizations, while maintaining his academic scholarship
and Dean’s List status. He learned watercolors, while on scholarship on the College of
Architecture’s Study Abroad Program in Italy and Greece. He graduated with his Professional
Bachelors of Architecture degree in May of 1993.
Upon graduation, Adam moved to Portland, Oregon and began his architectural internship with
William Church Architect, gaining invaluable small firm experience in all areas of the firm. In
1996 he broke off on his own as Adam Wisler Design & CADD, providing consulting services to
many Portland firms and designers. Many retail, restaurant and bar designs were executed,
including the Bad Animals recording studio in Seattle, for the Wilson Sisters from Heart. He
produced all the shop drawings for the largest glass manufacturing company in the region,
Culver Glass. His work with Culver Glass included the technical shop drawings for nearly every
commercial building and high-rise in the region during that time, and the Control Tower at
Portland International Airport.
This consultant work culminated in working with Architropolis, the design firm lead by the
world-famous Michael Czysz. This experience had Adam traveling and working across the
country on the bar and restaurant projects of the Midnight Oil Company, gaining invaluable bar
and restaurant, and entertainment design experience working with the leaders in the industry.
These projects include the Whiskey Park in Boston, The Whiskey Sunset in Los Angeles, the W
Hotel in Miami, Lenny Kravitz’s Miami home recording studio, and the residence of Cindy
Crawford and Rande Gerber on Malibu Beach.
In 2001 Adam moved to Cashiers, North Carolina to work with the world-famous Dan Duckham
Architect. While working with Dan, he executed many mountaintop and lakeside homes in the
organic style of Frank Lloyd Wright. This led to an opportunity to create what has become the
Crest Mountain Conference and Entertainment complex. This project moved the architect to
Asheville, North Carolina in 2004, and his work continued on this site, a renovation of an
abandoned and historic school campus, creating many custom homes, and through the
construction of the Cirrus Condominiums, a stunning twelve-unit mountaintop structure inspired
by his travels to the Swiss Alps. Other commercial projects in Asheville include the renovation
of historic structures into bars such as the Rocket Club, and The Bywater.
In 2010, the architect moved to the Cincinnati area and began pursuit of his Masters of
Architecture degree from the esteemed University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art,
Architecture, and Planning. After receiving his Certificate in Historic Preservation, he began
pursuing projects such as Goodfellas Pizzeria and Bar in the Over-The-Rhine Historic District.
Other projects include historic preservation rehabilitation projects throughout Cincinnati’s turn
of the 20th century building stock, including single and multi-family housing, salons, and bars
and restaurants. Across the river from Cincinnati in Covington, Kentucky, his work includes
food service locations such as Peppe Cucina and Bean Haus Bakery. He is also the architect on
the rehabilitation of the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, a campus of historic mansions for
assembly spaces and modernist educational buildings with new additions and improvements.
His masterwork in the region is the Lincoln Grant Scholar House, a rehabilitation of a 1930
school campus. His Masters of Architecture thesis “Great places have great stories-rehabilitation
of the Lincoln Grant School and Randolph Park as a multi-use community asset”, is being
implemented into the rehabilitation of Randolph Park.
Upon earning his Masters of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, the architect moved
to the New Jersey shore in 2019 where he is pursuing residential, commercial, and historic
preservation projects throughout the tri-state area, and generating watercolors of the rich fabric
of the scenes of shore culture.