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Get to know EOP Architects

We’re taking a look at the work of EOP Architects — a Lexington-based firm that has several notable designs across the city.

a rendering of Rupp Arena

The redesign of Rupp had to pay respect to its history while welcoming it into a new era. | Rendering courtesy of EOP Architects

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Today, Mon., Oct. 3, is world architecture day + we’re taking a look at some work from a local firm that has some pretty recognizable buildings across the Bluegrass.

Say hello to EOP Architects. 👋


  • EOP has a central office here in Lexington at 201 W. Short St., Ste. 700, right across from Zim’s Cafe.
  • Both the founders and the principal — Rick Ekhoff, Paul Ochenkoski + Richard Polk — graduated from the University of Kentucky.
  • EOP has projects in 30+ states across the US and has won 20+ national and regional awards since 2005.


Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center | This may be the firm’s most prominent + recognizable piece of work in Lexington. What an undertaking — Rupp is basically hallowed ground.

  • Design: The large transparent windows throughout were designed to extend the energy of the arena into downtown.
  • Need to know: Before the redesign, Rupp Arena didn’t meet the standards to host NCAA tournaments.
  • Fun fact: Swish. EOP designed the glass front of Rupp to look like a swishing basketball net. Go, Cats.
the exterior of a hotel

Touches of color + creativity can be found throughout the hotel with no detail being overlooked. | Photo by LEXtoday

The Elwood Hotel and Suites | This boutique hotel showcases the vibrancy of our city + welcomes guests to the Bluegrass State.

  • Design: Named after the first female-owned horse to win the Kentucky Derby — the warm, upbeat design is meant to reflect the spirit of Kentucky women.
  • Need to know: A large front porch with rocking chairs was added to the entrance + the interior flooring was reclaimed from Kentucky barns. Talk about replicating my old Kentucky home.
  • Fun fact: The Elwood is the world’s first plant-friendly hotel.
the interior of a restaurant

Modern design meets Kentucky tradition at Honeywood. | Photo by EOP Architects

Honeywood | This restaurant is owned by local chef Ouita Michel.

  • Design: The restaurant is located in a relatively new outdoor shopping center, but features reclaimed wood tables and floors.
  • Need to know: The food mirrors the design — creative and modern with a nod to Kentucky tradition.
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