PCA Architecture now Emboss: Newport firm rebrands to usher in new era of leadership

Kenton Hornbeck
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After over 40 years in business, Newport-based PCA Architecture has rebranded to better represent the firm’s leadership and culture moving into the future, according to a press release.

Founded in 1980 by Andrew Piaskowy and Ralph Cooper, PCA Architecture designed some of the most recognizable buildings in Northern Kentucky, like the The DBL Law Monarch Building.

In January 2022, PCA employee Emma Adkisson assumed the role of CEO and sole owner of the firm. She started at the firm in 2017.

Adkisson’s promotion ushered in a new era for the firm. Now, it’s accompanied by a full rebranding complete with a name change. Going forward, PCA Architecture will be known as Emboss. Their mantra? Create designs that make a mark.

The new Emboss logo. Photo provided | Emboss

“In a way, we’ve always been Emboss,” Adkisson said in the release. “Andrew Piaskowy and Ralph Cooper started this firm more than 40 years ago with the same values and the same aspirations that we still live by today. Their names mean something in this community, and we are truly proud to uphold the legacy they’ve left to us. Today we’re just putting on a different outfit that better tells the story of who we are and where we’re heading.”

Decked out in orange and white, Adkisson said that under her leadership, Emboss promises to “be bold” while remaining committed to the firm’s longstanding traditions.

“We are bold, we are playful, we are quirky, and sometimes silly,” Adkisson said. “But most of all, we’re a cadre of talented creatives who are going to continue to serve our clients at the highest standards and do what we do best: make a mark in this community through designing beautiful, polished, imaginative structures and spaces.”

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The firm now has a new website: embossdesign.com. Both the Emboss brand and website were designed by Dewhaus, a Covington-based design agency led by Nick and Peta Dew.

Adkisson joined PCA, now Emboss, in 2017. She started her career in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, working on designs for both rural and urban settings. Adkisson went on to win design awards and participate in leadership programs such as Leadership Northern Kentucky and the American Institute of Architects Cincinnati Vision Program.

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