2016 Year in Review

Under the leadership of Co-Presidents Meg Fielding and Tracey Clark, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation continued to expand its programming in 2016 with tours, talks, Baltimore Architecture Month, and Doors Open Baltimore, which in its third year attracted an estimated 9,000 visits. We look forward to continued growth in the new year with the leadership of 2017 BAF President Rob Brennan, AIA.

Here are some highlights from 2016.

Park(ing) Day 2016

Parking Day show

Image courtesy Ken Wyner photographer

With the support of BOPA’s MECU Neighborhood Grant, the BAF held the fourth Park(ing) Day event on Chase Street outside the AIABaltimore/BAF offices. Local design firms, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses came together to transform metered parking spaces into community-oriented parklets. See more photos on Facebook.

Doors Open Baltimore

Illustration of Baltimore skyline

Doors Open Baltimore expanded in its third year to include sixty-two sites across Baltimore: from Morrell Park to Mount Washington, and from Lafayette Square to Highlandtown. We estimate that the event had 9,000 visits in total. It also included broad collaboration with organizations and community groups across Baltimore and the volunteer work of many AIABaltimore committees and members, and the many people who who dedicated their time to sharing their love for Baltimore’s built environment. See photos of the event on Instagram.

7th Annual Schamu Golf and Auto Classic

birds-eye view of classic car show

The BAF returned to the sylvan tees, fairways and greens of the Elkridge Club for the annual Schamu Golf and Auto Classic. After hitting the links, everyone joined outside the clubhouse for barbecue and refreshments, while enjoying a classic car show, featuring one-of-a-kind treasures dating from the Jazz Age to present day. See more photos on Facebook.

Early Women of Architecture in Maryland Traveling Exhibit

women of architecture in maryland group photo

The Early Women of Architecture in Maryland Exhibit,supported by BAF and organized by the Equity committee of AIABaltimore, continued to make its way around the state and beyond this year. A highlight was having it up at the 2016 AIA Convention, where it was seen by thousands of people from across the country. Follow the project on Facebook to see more photos and to stay up to date on its travels.

DOCOMOMO US Tour Day: Coldspring Newtown

group shot of Coldspring Newtown tour

As part of DOCOMOMO US Tour Day we toured Coldspring Newtown, designed by AIA Gold Medal winner Moshe Safdie and led by those who worked on the project or lived there including Ed Hord, FAIA, and Jay Brodie, FAIA (Emeritus).

Dixon’s Hill Tour

interior of Dixon house


We partnered with Baltimore Heritage to tour the historic 1856 Victorian home in Mount Washington designed by architect Thomas Dixon, founding member of the American Institute of Architects, Baltimore Chapter.

St. Mary’s Seminary Tour

black and white photo of the seminary exterior

Image courtesy Forsaken Fotos (Flickr)

Rarely open to the public, the BAF brought 50 visitors to the massive Beaux Arts St. Mary’s Seminary near Northern Parkway. Architect David Gaudreau, AIA, gave a presentation followed by a tour of the building.

Love Letters to Baltimore Buildings

love letters graphic The Belvedere

Love Letters to Baltimore Buildings began in early 2015 and submissions continue to stream in. Take a look at the archive on our website and consider submitting a love letter yourself!

Welcome New BAF Board Members

  • Dave Ditman
  • Anthony Gill, AIA
  • Morris Murray

Welcome New BAF Board Officers

  • President – Rob Brennan, AIA
  • Vice President – Dina Markakis, Assoc. AIA
  • Secretary – Katherine LePage, AIA
  • AIABaltimore Past President – Anthony Consoli, AIA

Thank you to our 2016 Board of Directors for a fantastic year!