2019 Year in Review

Happy Holidays! 2019 has been an exciting year as we come ever closer to opening the Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design with AIA Baltimore, scheduled for early 2020. It’s a big leap forward for the BAF as we move to a more visible and inviting downtown space where we can better serve the public and our mission. And how exciting is it to be at One Charles Center, designed by Mies van der Rohe? We cannot wait to open the doors.

2020 is already shaping up to be a big year. We’ll be launching a new website to coincide with the opening of the Center. And expect exciting new tours and talks that will embrace a mid-century modern theme in recognition of our new home. We’ll also be reviving City Sand, the sand castle building competition at the Inner Harbor. And would you believe that 2020 will mark the 7th Annual Doors Open Baltimore?

For now, let’s celebrate 2019. A big thank you to our staff, volunteers, and board, and everyone who contributed to the BAF throughout the year. A special thanks to 2019 BAF President Dina Markakis, who has done so much this year to advance the organization and lay the groundwork for the future. And please welcome Katherine LePage, AIA, our 2020 President!

2019 Baltimore Architecture Foundation Awards

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Morgan State was selected based on the University’s significant contribution to Baltimore’s built environment through its historic campus (designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation) and new buildings, as well as neighborhood revitalization through programs such as the Morgan Mile; and in recognition of the University’s 150thanniversary in 2017. The history and role of Morgan SA+P and CBEIS in educating the next generation of architects, and contributing to diversity in the design professions, is a very important part of this award.

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


Mr. Humphries was selected for significant contribution to Baltimore’s architecture and built environment through scholarship and publication on Baltimore architectural history; outstanding leadership with the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and key role in the restoration of the Washington Monument, as well as numerous contributions to advance the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and its mission.

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.

2019 Groundhog Day – Motown Mansion Party


Each year the BAF selects a memorable space in Baltimore to throw its Groundhog Day Party to raise funds for our many programs, from fostering the next generation of architects, to promoting the value of Baltimore’s architectural legacy to the public. On February 2, guests gathered at 1128 North Calvert Street—a grand Victorian mansion that until recently served as the headquarters for the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart—and danced through the night to soul and Motown hits spun by DJ David Koslowski.

This year’s Groundhog Day raised funds for BAF programs like Doors Open Baltimore and BAF scholarships.

Visitor Center.

2019 AIA Baltimore/BAF Spring Lecture Series

The “Edge: Harbor and City” Design Competition Exhibit travels to the Baltimore Visitor Center.

The 41st Spring Lecture Series took the theme “Edge: Harbor and City.” Local practitioners and globally recognized designers and scholars addressed “the edge”—where the land meets the water—from a variety of perspectives: health and ecology, resiliency in the face of climate change, and social equity. Inspired by the theme, AIA Baltimore organized a design competition with the architecture journal T3XTURE to envision the future of Baltimore’s waterfront. Multi-disciplinary teams of local architects, landscape architects, and planners submitted designs addressing a variety of waterfront challenges including health and ecology, resiliency in the face of rising sea levels and powerful storms, and social equity. The entries were included as part of a traveling exhibit making stops at the Architects Bookstore, Baltimore Visitor Center, and the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Future Architects Resources (FAR)/Kids in Design

The FAR committee continued to bring architecture and design into K-12 classrooms through its participation in career and STEM fairs, family-oriented workshops, and the Adopt-A-School program. During Doors Open Baltimore, the FAR committee collaborated with the Baltimore Museum of Industry on an architectural workshop for children. As part of Adopt-A-School, Design Collective designed a lesson of four classes where Patterson Park Public Charter School students envisioned a new community center in Patterson Park, taking the project from research and site analysis through site design. The students also toured Pierce’s Park.

The committee gave four FAR Scholarship Awards to community college and graduate students pursuing architecture degrees. 2019 marked the sixth year of the program.

Schamu Golf Outing, Auto Classic and Lawn Party

On July 1, AIA Baltimore members and supporters of the BAF headed to the Elkridge Club for an afternoon of golf and lawn games to support the two organizations. It was the first year AIA Baltimore and BAF hosted a joint golf event, and the first year for the lawn party, which featured a Jazz Age and Bauhaus theme with games including croquet, Bocce, bean bag toss, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, and board and card games. After the golf and lawn party, guests gathered for a cocktail reception and car show with rare vehicles from the Jazz Age to the present day.

Fellows Leadership Dinner

On Friday, March 29, AIA Baltimore’s Fellows held the 6th Annual AIA Baltimore/BAF Fellows Scholarship Dinner at the historic Engineers Club. Befitting the evening’s theme of Leadership, the event celebrated guest speakers Leon Bridges, FAIA, NOMA, and Walter Schamu, FAIA, who offered reflections and reminiscences of their distinguished careers in Baltimore.

Co-chaired by Suzanne Frasier, FAIA and Tom Liebel, FAIA, the event raised over $5,500 for the BAF/Fellows Leadership Award Scholarship to support undergraduate students at the School of Architecture + Planning at Morgan State University. Scholarships went to Courtney Souvenir, Brian Helfer, and Sumayyah Raji.

Architecture Tours

The BAF held some exciting tours this year, including a renovation of Port Discovery, a tour of the Alexander Brown Restaurant, and a tour of the new Liberty Harbor East. But perhaps the most exciting tour of all was the Boat Tour of the Baltimore Harbor led by architect David Gleason, FAIA, of David H. Gleason Associates Architect, Charlie Duff, President, Jubilee Baltimore and Doug Myers, Senior Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation.The tour covered the history, architecture, and ecology of the harbor, and was held twice in 2019, both times selling out. We hope to continue offering the tour in 2020.

Doors Open Baltimore

On October 5 and 6, BAF and AIA Baltimore hosted the sixth annual Doors Open Baltimore, the citywide celebration of neighborhoods and architecture. The program featured a kick-off lecture by BAF board member Jerome Gray, AIA, about his phenomenal watercolors and knowledge of Baltimore’s underappreciated buildings. The 56 open house sites across the city had a total of just over 10,000 visits, and nearly 800 people registered for guided tours. Special thanks to the 160 volunteers who made the weekend possible and to all our sponsors. It was a beautiful weekend and the most successful Doors Open to date! Here is what our survey of attendees showed:

88% Learned something new about Baltimore architecture
52% Changed their opinion of Baltimore for the better because of Doors Open
49% Visited a neighborhood they were previously unfamiliar with
73% Are likely or very likely to return to a site they visited during Doors Open

Baltimore Architecture Month

Laura Penza, AIA and Paulina Beeche, AIA at the AIA Baltimore and BAF Excellence in Design Awards Celebration.

Each October we celebrate Baltimore Architecture Month, including some of our biggest programs and events organized by allied organizations around the city. This year featured over 30 programs, from the Homewood Museum Architecture Lecture Series to our Design Awards Celebration.

Bookstore and Gallery

We had another successful season of art exhibitions at the chapter house bookstore and gallery. We are proud to showcase works of art by our members, as well as local artists whose artistic interest reveal a penchant for architecture and the built environment. Look for more exhibits next year as we expand into the new Center for Architecture and Design!

Welcome 2020 BAF President

Katherine LePage, AIA

Welcome New 2020 BAF Board Members

Brian Grieb, AIA
Jackson Gilman-Forlini
Tracy Steedman

Thank you to our 2019 Board of Directors

President   Dina Markakis

Vice President  Olivia Jacobson

Vice President  Katherine LePage, AIA

Secretary   Jerome Gray, AIA

Treasurer   Jackie Browning

Past President   Rob Brennan, AIA


Luis Cardona
Joe Cellucci, AIA
Anthony Consoli, AIA
David Ditman
Anthony Gill, AIA
Matthew Grant
Tom Liebel, FAIA
J. Eric Lowe, AIA
James Markakis
Mary Weiss, AIA

Emeritus Directors

Charlie Brickbauer, AIA
Tracey Clark
Meg Fairfax Fielding
David Gleason, FAIA
Janet Heller
Walter G. Schamu, FAIA
Jillian Storms, AIA
James T. Wollon,Jr., AIA


Johns Hopkins Baltimore Heritage
Ann Powell, AIA AIA Baltimore Past President

Executive Director   Kathleen Lane, AIA

Thank You to Outgoing BAF Board Members

Rob Brennan, AIA

Ann Powell, AIA

Thank you to our 2019 Event Sponsors

Dave Ditman, Abell Foundation, AJ’s on Hanover, Alexander Design Studio, Ames & Gough, Ammon Heisler Sachs Architects, Andrew Nagl Photography, Anova Furnishings, APA Maryland, Ashton Design, ASLA Maryland, Baltimore Masonry Supply Center – A Division of the Glen Glery Corporation, Baltimore National Heritage Area, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, BCT Architects, Belair Road Supply, Biohabitats, BKM, Blue Pit BBQ, brennan+company architects, Century Engineering, David and Dads, Delbert Adams Construction Group, Design Collective, Forbes Design Center, Geotourist, Goodier Builders, Gutierrez Studios, Haworth, Hillis Carnes Engineering Associates, Hord Coplan Macht, Investment Counselors of Maryland, JC Porter Construction, Jerome C Gray Architect, Kimley-Horn, Klein Agency, LLC, Lewis Contractors, Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc., Maharam, Maryland Heritage Area Authority, Maryland Public Television, Mechosystems, Michael J Walkley PA, Miles & Stockbridge, Morgan Keller Construction, Morris & Ritchie Associates, Moseley Architects, Mt. Washington Tavern, Mt. Vernon Marketplace, Mule-Hide Products, Murphy Dittenhafer Architects, Penza Bailey Architects, Porter Buckley Construction Group, Quinn Evans Architects, Rohrer Studio, Ruff Roofers, Shaw Floors, Site Resources Inc., SM+P Architects, Smithouse Construction, Structura, Inc., Suzanne Frasier FAIA, Swirnow Building Systems, T3XTURE, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, TJPhoenyx, Tower Hill Development, Twopoint Studio, Visit Baltimore, Waldon Studio, WBCM, Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani, LLC, WYPR, Younts Design Inc.

Thank you to our 2019 Contributors

Makana Alcain, Rob Brennan, Dennis Brown, Jackie Browning, Joseph Cellucci, Judy Dobbs, Janet Felsten, Mary Frederick, Jackson Gilman-Forlini, Amy Gould, Elizabeth Ketzner, Edward Kohls, Kathleen Lechleiter, Dina Markakis, Eileen McKuckian, Bruce Payne, Daniel Ramos, Daniel Reck, Evan Richardson, Ted Rouse, Hal Sachs, Walter Schamu, Christine Simeone, Claire Smith, Damie Stillman, Louise Thomas, Mary Weiss, Amy Wunderlin