This week we interview #62: Bill Baker, one of three owners at MSA Design about legacy, finding the right team for the right situations.
About Bill Baker:
Bill is an Architect, Principal, and one of three Owners at MSA Design – a national architecture, interiors, and graphic design firm headquartered in Downtown Cincinnati with offices in Central Ohio and Florida. In addition to his role on the Executive Board of MSA, one of his key professional passions is MSA Sport, the athletic design practice of the firm and a “Top Twenty” Sports Architecture firm in the United States. Bill has over two decades of experience on the design of indoor and outdoor athletic venues for colleges, cities, high schools, and professional teams. Bill led the MSA Sport team on the recently completed FC Cincinnati Mercy Health Training Center – hailed as the “premier soccer training complex in North America.”
Bill is actively working on sports projects at multiple NCAA institutions including The Ohio State University, Centre College, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati. In addition to current MSA Sport work, he serves clients in the K-12, Higher Education, Community, and Mixed Use/Commercial markets. Bill’s passion for community is evident in his current and past involvement with multiple community boards and organizations including the Cincinnati 2026 World Cup Local Organizing Committee, Cincinnati USA Sports Commission, Blue Ash YMCA Advisory Board, Ball State University Department of Architecture Professional Advisory Board, Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, Charter Committee of Cincinnati, and the Pleasant Ridge Community Council. He is a native of the small Central Ohio town of Sparta, a 10+ year cancer survivor, and passionate about the ability of architects to leave a civic legacy in the communities they serve.
Bill graduated with Honors from the Ball State University Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning in Muncie, Indiana where he earned the Alpha Rho Chi Service Medal from the Department of Architecture. Bill and his wife Amanda are raising three children and reside in Cincinnati’s Mount Lookout neighborhood.