Noted Westlake Schools Architect Nick Lesko Celebrates Milestone Birthday

Much attention is being focused in Westlake on the new Westlake Schools PK-4 elementary school under construction on Center Ridge Road adjacent to Porter Public Library.

Ruth and Nick Lesko

The school replaces long-standing Westlake facilities including Holly Lane, Hilliard, Dover and Bassett Schools.

Westlake Schools welcomed the public to walk through the shuttered buildings one last time earlier this month. In the days that followed, many old photos and reminiscences are being shared on facebook sites like, “You Know You’re From Westlake if….”

In the midst of all this attention, a central figure in much of Westlake Schools’ evolution over the years celebrated a milestone birthday.

Nicholas Lesko, founder of Lesko and Associates Architects, marked his 95th birthday this month, celebrating with family members and his devoted, loving wife, Ruth. Ruth and Nick Lesko are also celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary this year.

Nicholas, along with his brother Ed, were instrumental in the design of beloved Westlake buildings like Holly Lane and Parkside Schools. Now under different ownership, Lesko and Associates is also designing the new Westlake PK-4 building.

For 66 years in northern Ohio, Lesko and Associates has been committed to the planning, design and construction of educational facilities. Through engagement and collaboration, they partner with clients to design educational facilities that accommodate current and future trends in education and learning.

Founded in 1953 by Architect Nicholas Lesko, FAIA, Lesko Architecture has remained faithful to its mission of providing the highest standard of technical excellence and customer service.  The firm’s current Owners, Robert W. Blatchford, Jr., AIA, REFP, and Seyed Moh Ayat, AIA, LEED AP BD+C have a combined 72 years of educational facilities planning and design experience and remain committed to creating learning environments that support student achievement and help to provide an environment of excellence.

The firm has assembled an impressive portfolio of service to educational communities through the years. Visit their website here:


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