On-Site Doors Open Baltimore Tours with the Architect

During Doors Open Baltimore 2015 on October 24, visit any of the below sites at the listed hours and meet the architect! No registration required.

Sam Rajamanickam, AIA at The Fitzgerald
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sam Rajamanickam, AIA is a Senior Associate at Design Collective. In his 21 years with the firm, he has led many of the firm’s national and international projects including the Fitzgerald, which received the 2012 AIABaltimore Grand Design Award. Tour the transit-oriented mixed-use building with Sam from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm!


Steve Kelly, PLA at The Fitzgerald
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Kelly is an Associate Principal at Mahan Rykiel Associates with 21 years of experience with award-winning projects. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation.  He will be at The Fitzgerald to discuss the landscape design. Mahan Rykiel Associates designed two distinct courtyards for the building and a cohesive streetscape plan for the site which connects to Penn Station, Light Rail and the adjacent Arts District.


Jennifer Saunier at Union Wharf
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saunier is a landscape designer with Mahan Rykiel Associates and will be explaining the landscape design for the award-winning Union Wharf.  The landscape design is based on the historic shipping industry, and the forced perspective at the pool area makes the space seem larger.


Walter Schamu, FAIA at the Peale Museum
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Walter Schamu, FAIA, is President of SM+P Architects, founding it in 1982. Schamu has special expertise in historic preservation and adaptive use projects. He is also the founder of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF), a non-profit, public-oriented education and outreach organization that promotes appreciation for Baltimore’s built environment. The Peale Museum, designed by Robert Cary Long Sr. in 1814, is a National Historic Landmark building. Tour the building with Schamu any time from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm to discuss the building’s past significance and future revitalization.


David Gleason, FAIA at Robert Long House
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
David Gleason, FAIA, established his firm, David H. Gleason Associates, Inc. in 1976. Over the past quarter century, he has designed hundreds of projects in the Baltimore-Washington region ranging from small-scale house renovations to the redevelopment of entire city blocks. Gleason works closely with clients to develop initial concepts for designs through detailing their aesthetic qualities as in the Robert Long House. As one of the oldest domestic structures in the Baltimore area, Gleason restored the 18th century home of a merchant to its former glory. Tour the home with Gleason any time from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. to see the detailed process of historic restoration!


Al Rubeling, FAIA at Brown Memorial Church
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Al Rubeling, FAIA formed his own architectural firm, Rubeling and Associates, in 1981. In 1993, the AIA elevated him to one of its highest honors in the College of Fellows. He has served on the National Board of Directors and as a Trustee of the National AIA Trust. He is the 2007 recipient of The Leslie N. Boney Spirit of Fellowship Award. Rubeling provided interior renovations for the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. These included renovations to the north and south transepts, as well as carpet and cork flooring to complement the Tiffany stained glass. Take a tour of the historic Church with Rubeling to get a behind-the-scenes look at how architects operate!


Donald Sickler at Highfield House
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
(Note: registration is included, but is now not required)
Mies Van Der Rohe’s Highfield House brought modern condo living to Baltimore. It was Mies’s second project in Baltimore, following One Charles Center downtown. Architect Donald Sickler worked in Mies’s Chicago office and supervised the construction of both Baltimore projects. He started his own firm in Baltimore in 1964, following a decade working with the modernist master. Sickler’s career spans 60 years, with projects including the Glass Pavilion at Johns Hopkins and the adaptive re-use conversion of the Maryland Casualty Company to the Rotunda in Hampden. Sickler will be at Highfield House to discuss its design and his work with Mies Van Der Rohe.


Darlene Watson at 520 Park Apartments
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
As the Head of Interiors at Marks, Thomas Architects Darlene has worked on a wide variety of projects. She has a special interest in multi-family housing particularly as it pertains to adaptive reuse and historic preservation. In conjunction with the architecture team Darlene was instrumental in transforming the former Hochschild, Kohn & Co warehouse into the award winning 520 Park Apartments. Meet the interior designer and take a tour of the contemporary building interior.


Tom Liebel, FAIA at 520 Park Apartments
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
As one of the first 25 LEED Accredited Professionals in the country, Tom Liebel, FAIA, LEED Fellow has been involved in integrating sustainable design principles into a variety of ground-breaking adaptive use and historic preservation projects over the past twenty years. Principal at Marks, Thomas Architects, Liebel currently serves as Chair of Baltimore City’s Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP). Marks, Thomas Architects transformed the former Hochschild, Kohn & Co. warehouse (1942) into an apartment building.


John Brunnett, AIA at Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Principal at Gant Brunnett Architects, Inc., John Brunnett, AIA became a licensed architect in 1993. Brunnett earned the AIA Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the Neighborhood Design Center’s Hall of Fame. Brunnett led a historic interior restoration of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum that included adapting it to the infrastructure required for a modern museum space. Meet the architect and tour the museum named for the famous Civil Rights activist!


Anath Ranon, AIA at the American Brewery
Time: TBD
at American Brewery- Principal at Cho Benn Holback & Associates, Inc., Anath Ranon, AIA has a keen interest in historic preservation as well as adaptive reuse projects. She is the founder of the AIA Baltimore Chapter Historic Resources Committee, serves on Baltimore’s preservation commission (CHAP), and has lectured and published on preservation issues. At Cho Benn Holback + Associates, she has been involved in a diverse range of award winning projects including Humanim’s American Brewery adaptive reuse project and the Coppin State University Quad renovation.