2017 Year in Review

2017 marked the BAF’s 30th anniversary, a milestone that presented the board of directors under the leadership of Rob Brennan, AIA, a great opportunity to look to the past and lay the groundwork for the future, as the foundation expands its programs and audience. 2017 also marked the largest Baltimore Architecture Month to date and the BAF hosted a wealth of memorable tours and programs, from a tour of a modernist Alexander Cochran home to a lecture about Maryland’s early African American architects.



BAF’s Golden Griffin Award is presented to an organization that has demonstrated a dedication to Architecture and to furthering its understanding in Baltimore.


The Roger D. Redden Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong dedication to Architecture and to furthering its understanding in Baltimore.


The Fellows Leadership Award was established in 2014 by the Fellows’ Committee of AIABaltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation to support Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) undergraduate degree program. Recipients of the award are among the best students in the Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design program and demonstrate leadership and service in their academic program at the SA+P.

2017 BAF Groundhog Day Celebration & Fundraiser

The BAF held its annual Groundhog Day party at the Elephant this year, located in a beautiful house adorned with Tiffany glass and Lockwood de Forest woodwork. Each year the BAF seeks out an architectural gem to play host to the party. Save the date for the 2018 Groundhog Day Celebration on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Baltimore Architecture Month

Each October, Baltimore Architecture Month is celebrated with architectural events around the city hosted by the BAF, AIABaltimore and our many partners. This year, the BAF partnered with sixteen organizations on programs from the Homewood Museum’s 2017 Baltimore’s Great Architecture Lectures to Bolton Square’s 50th Anniversary celebrated on DoCoMoMo Tour Day. As part of Baltimore Architecture Month, the BAF hosted a panel on the design of the Parkway Theatre in partnership with AIGA Baltimore, Ziger/Snead, and Post Typography.

Doors Open Baltimore

Schuler School of Fine Arts. Photo courtesy Mark Luthringer.

The largest event of Baltimore Architecture Month was Doors Open Baltimore, now in its 4th year. Granting access to 50 buildings across the city, the event expanded to the full weekend with over 20 guided tours and special events. Survey results from attendees revealed that 90% of visitors learned something new about Baltimore architecture and 53% of people changed their opinion of Baltimore for the better as a result of participating in the event. The 2017 Doors Open Baltimore Kick-Off Lecture, presented by Morgan State professor Dale Green, uncovered the lives of Maryland’s early African American architects for the first time to a large public audience. The AIABaltimore Emerging Professionals committee organized the  Instagram photo contest and the Future Architects Resources (FAR) organized a scavenger hunt for kids. See photos from the event on Facebook and read stories from the event on our website. A big thank you to our sponsors!


The Wilmot Sanz team took home Best Design, Best Use of Labels, and People’s Choice

CANstruction is a unique design competition and charity event that supports local hunger relief organizations. Each year this global event gathers teams of architects, engineers, contractors and students to design one-of-a-kind structures made entirely out of canned foods. This year, the BAF and AIABaltimore organized CANstruction at the BWI Airport. All cans were donated then donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

Future Architects Resources (FAR)/Kids in Design

Cannon Designers man their stations as fourth grade STEAM Scholars percolate into the room. Images courtesy Richard Chou

The Future Architects Resources (FAR) committee continued its work educating K-12 students about architecture and design through a number of initiatives. FAR volunteers manned booths at numerous STEM fairs and hosted a spaghetti and marshmallow workshop at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The Adopt-A-School program expanded with the addition of CannonDesign working alongside Brehms Lane Elementary. The committee continued its support of the next generation of architects through its scholarship programs.

8th Annual Schamu Golf and Auto Classic

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100 golfers hit the links of the Elkridge Club for the 8th Annual Schamu Golf and Auto Classic. Guests arrived later in the evening for the cocktail reception and auto classic where they enjoyed a car show, savored Caribbean-themed roast and cocktails from the open bar, featuring the Elkridge Club’s famous Southsides, and listened to the sounds of the Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra. The program raised $18,000 for BAF programs, including architectural tours, lectures, exhibitions, research, awards, and public outreach and education programs. See photos from the event on Facebook.

Early Women of Architecture in Maryland Exhibit

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At The Architecture of Victorine Du Pont Homsey, FAIA, in Maryland talk with Victorine’s daughter and granddaughters

The Early Women of Architecture in Maryland exhibit continued to travel across the state, introducing new audiences to the work of the state’s pioneering women architects. The exhibit traveled to the Howard County Applications and Research Laboratory, Open Works in Baltimore City, the Greenbelt Community Center, and AIA National Headquarters in Washington DC, coinciding with the Women’s Leadership Summit.

BAF Tours

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The BAF hosted a variety of tours in 2017, including a tour of Laurence Hall Fowler homes in North Baltimore, a tour of historic skyscrapers Downtown, and a special tour of an Alexander Smith Cochran home in Baltimore County. The tours were a showcase of the work of some of Baltimore’s most notable architects from the early- to mid-twentieth century.

Love Letters to Baltimore Buildings

The BAF’s collection of Love Letters to Baltimore Buildings grew this year with fabulous pieces about the Carroll Mansion, Zion Lutheran Church, the Elephant, the Bromo Seltzer Tower and Baltimore’s courthouses. The BAF accepts love letters from all lovers of Baltimore architecture. Take a look at the love letter archive and submit your own!

Welcome New Baltimore Architecture Foundation Board Members

Jackie Browning, American Cedar & Millwork

Matthew Grant, Miles & Stockbridge

Jerome Gray, AIA, Jerome C. Gray Architect

Olivia Jacobson, Lewis Contractors

Thank you to our 2017 Board of Directors

President Rob Brennan, AIA

Vice President Dina Markakis, Assoc. AIA

Secretary Katherine LePage, AIA

Treasurer Morris Murray


Luis Cardona

Joe Cellucci, AIA

David Ditman

Meg Fairfax Fielding

Anthony Gill, AIA

Dale Green

Ed Gunts

Peter Hoffberger

Steve Kelly

Tom Liebel, FAIA

Eric Lowe, AIA

James Markakis

Kelly Quinn

Walter Schamu, FAIA

Scott Vieth, AIA

Executive Director Kathleen Lane, Assoc. AIA


Charles Brickbauer, AIA

James Dilts

Tracey Clark Gill

David Gleason, FAIA

Janet Heller

Ex Officio
Anthony Consoli, AIA, Past AIABaltimore President

Johns Hopkins, Baltimore Heritage

Thank you to our 2017 Contributors

Harold Adams
Monk Askew
Deborah Barr
Luis Bernardo
Rob Brennan
Charles Brickbauer
Stephen Broache
Joseph Cellucci
Anthony Consoli
Timothy Cooper
Thomas Crain
Richard Croke
Gwen Davidson
Judy Dobbs
Dominik Eckenstein
Mary Frederick
Hope Furrer
Michael Gill
Amy Gould
Luanne Greene
Peter Hoffberger
Nancy Horst
John Jewell
Agnieszka Kardasz
Lisa Keir
Sara Lesser
Lenore Lucey
Eileen Manchester
Bruce Manger
Dina Markakis
Mitchell Nelson
Jeff and Laura Penza
Christopher Pfund
Myrna Poirier
Dawn Sangley
Michael Secrist
Laura Smyles
David Thompson
Henry & Barbara Valeri
Kaitlyn Wagner
Larry Whitman
Lynn Wintriss
David Wright
Baltimore Community Foundation
Hoffberger Foundation