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AIA Announces New Fellows

Annapolis, MD / March 4, 2019 – The American Institute of Architects recently announced the members elevated to Fellow for 2019. AIA Maryland is excited to have member, Tom Jester, FAIA, among the 2019 class of Fellows. Our thanks to Quinn Evans Architects for sharing the following:

Tom Jester, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, a principal with Quinn Evans Architects, has been named a fellow with The American Institute of Architects (AIA). A national leader in historic preservation with particular expertise in the restoration of Modern-era architecture, Jester’s fellowship recognizes his design achievements in the renewal of aging buildings using advanced technology and pioneering methods in preservation science.

Jester joined Quinn Evans Architects in 2006. He has contributed to the design of many of the firm’s signature projects throughout the U.S., including the award-winning modernization of the National Academy of Sciences on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the renovation of the iconic Old City Hall in Richmond, Va.; the renovation of the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia (site of the iconic ghost structure designed by Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown); and the modernization of the Mid-Century Modern Southeast Library in Hennepin County, Minnesota. He was instrumental in developing a sustainability and stewardship framework as part of a master plan for the renewal of the national AIA headquarters building in Washington, D.C., and recently developed a conservation management plan for the Wellesley College Science Center in Massachusetts.

Jester is also a key member of the firm’s multidisciplinary team to modernize the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, one of the largest museum renovation projects in history. His work has focused on the design of the stone building envelope, a technical and aesthetic challenge requiring extensive evaluation, analysis, and creativity to meet modern performance requirements and the Smithsonian’s sustainability mandates in a historically sensitive setting.

Jester is the author of Twentieth-Century Building Materials: History and Conservation. He is also the co-founder of the Association for Preservation Technology’s Technical Committee on Modern Heritage and the founder and president of Docomomo DC, an advocacy organization dedicated to preserving Modern architecture in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

“Tom is a thought and practice leader, a prolific author, and an invaluable resource for the architectural and preservation communities,” states David N. Fixler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED, founder and principal of David Fixler Architecture Planning Preservation. “He has clearly advanced the practice of historic preservation across this country and internationally.”

“Tom has been a tireless advocate for the stewardship and sustainability of historic and significant buildings, including our nation’s trove of Mid-Century Modern landmarks,” says Larry Barr, FAIA, president of Quinn Evans Architects. “He has combined groundbreaking scholarship with challenging design work to preserve and protect vital architectural resources across the country.”

Jester is also a Fellow in the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI). He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland (1999), a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania (1991), and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Colby College (1988). In addition to the AIA, APTI, and Docomomo, he is a member of Preservation Maryland.

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Purple Cherry Architects Welcomes Kelly & Cait

Annapolis, MD / February 27, 2019 – We’re delighted to share that the Purple Cherry team continues to grow and would like to welcome Kelly North as our newest Project Manager and Cait Walls as our Interiors Associate.

A graduate of UVA’s Master of Architecture school, Kelly is a talented Architect with 12 years of high-end residential experience. Kelly is most passionate about residential design, because to her, it is a personal process and is paramount in both incorporating the client’s needs while balancing the design with proper flow, proportion, and harmony. Kelly knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue architecture, as her family vacations always involved visiting historic and unique structures, which further compelled her towards architecture.

Cait, a native of Maryland, had a desire at a young age to create. As such, she began to pursue this passion more seriously in college, and received a degree in fine arts with a concentration in product design from Towson University and later received her degree in interior design. What does Cait enjoy most when working on projects? “From construction to décor, I’m driven to inspire clients by helping their style and story be seen through the form and function of their home”. Cait is working toward becoming a certified ASID professional by completing the NCIDQ requirements.

Please help us in extending a warm welcome to both Kelly & Cait!

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Davis, Bowen & Fridel, Inc. Welcomes New Hires

Salisbury, MD / February 25, 2019 – Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF) welcomes its newest employees, Kevin, M. Shertz, AIA and Shawneil L. Jackson to the DBF office in Salisbury, Maryland.

Kevin M. Shertz, AIA, brings more than a decade of experience designing residential and commercial properties. Shertz received his degree in Interior and Environmental Design from the Pennsylvania School of Art and his Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies from Lebanon Valley College. He is a registered architect in the state of Maryland and was the 2007 recipient of an AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter Citation Award for Architectural Excellence for a custom home he designed on the Elk River while sole proprietor of his firm in Chestertown, MD.

“Joining the architecture team at DBF marks an exciting new phase in my career and professional development. I’ve always believed being an active listener is at the heart of any client relationship, and the best ideas come from collaboration. Now, being in a multi-disciplinary environment means providing clients with an even better project experience and having an impact on projects I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to participate on in the past,” said Shertz.

Shawneil L. Jackson joined DBF’s survey department as a land surveyor in August. “The knowledge I gain from just being out in the field helps me understand the depth of owning property,” said Jackson. He works with the Salisbury survey team to provide assistance conducting physical site surveys and collecting and analyzing field data on various job sites throughout the Delmarva region. Jackson recently completed surveys for Coastal Club, Truitt Homestead and Beaver Run Elementary.

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Becker Morgan Group Announces New Team Members

Salisbury, MD / February 8, 2019 – Becker Morgan Group welcomes three to its Salisbury, Maryland staff. “We are thrilled to welcome these new team members to help support our firm’s growth, while continuing to provide outstanding service to our clients” said Brad A. Hastings, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President of Becker Morgan Group.

Kelsey Segraves, with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Business from Marywood University, joins the firm as an architectural designer in the Salisbury, Maryland office. Kelsey was drawn to Becker Morgan Group due to the collaborative work environment and has enjoyed the firm’s wide range of project types. Since joining the firm Kelsey has worked on several projects including the Rock Creek School in Frederick, MD and the Kent Island Public Library.

Joseph Kott joins Becker Morgan Group as an architectural designer and brings four years of experience with him. Joseph graduated from Temple University with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management. Since joining Becker Morgan Group, he has supported the team on various projects including The City Center in downtown Salisbury, Maryland and renovations to Pittsville Elementary in Pittsville, Maryland.  Outside the office Joe is an adjunct profession at Delaware Technical Community College where he teaches a course on Contracts and Specifications.

Rebecca Hall joins the Salisbury staff as a project accountant and will provide support across the firm’s four offices. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Information Systems and brings with her over 20 years of accounting management experience including roles as assistant controller, accounting manager and services administration director. Rebecca is an avid sweep rower and foodie who recently moved back to eastern shore.

Becker Morgan Group provides comprehensive Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina. For more information, visit

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New Brace Place in Easton

Salisbury, MD / February 5, 2019 – With a growing practice in Salisbury, Maryland, Dr. James Crouse of The Brace Place saw an opportunity to expand their operations with an office in Easton, Maryland. Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF) was hired to provide architectural services for their new 2,400 SF orthodontist office located in the Easton Medical Center at 598 Cynwood Drive.

Working with the equipment supplier, Design Ergonomics, Inc., DBF assisted with the final floor plan. The plan consisted of a waiting area, children’s play area, brushing station, open plan treatment area, X-ray room, consulting rooms, lab spaces, and a business office. Storage space was of high importance, so discreet storage areas were designed under the family bench seating, located in the treatment area and brushing station. Additional treatment supply storage was built into the dividing partitions between the treatment chairs.

Whayland Company served as the general contractor for the project, which was completed and open for business in June of 2018. Chris Cullen, AIA, Project Architect noted, “Having previously worked with The Brace Place on their Salisbury office location, it was great to assist with this new location as they expanded their business to better serve their customers on the Delmarva peninsula.”

For additional information about The Brace Place, call or text 410-749-2933 or visit Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, planning and surveying firm with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and in Milford, Delaware. For additional information about DBF, visit

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FILLAT + Architecture announces completion of The Emblem

Baltimore, MD / February 1, 2019 – Peter Fillat and FILLAT+ Architecture are pleased to announce the completion of The Emblem at Barracks Row, a 20-unit luxury condominium project, located at 801 Virginia Ave SE, adjacent to the Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, DC.

Designed by FILLAT+ Architecture and developed and constructed by Bozzuto Homes, the 24,864 square foot project finished construction in December of 2018, and has recently finished receiving tenants. The Emblem hosts two first-floor retail opportunities, three floors of residential spaces and showcases many top floor loft units with outdoor patios. Each unit has a individually-designed interior layouts with well-appointed features and finish levels, including such amenities as an island kitchen and in-unit laundry. A rare find in Washington, DC, private, off-street parking for residents is also available.

This being the first new construction in the area in quite some time, it has become the ‘connector’ of the established Barracks row stretch and the newly emerging Navy Yard district. With bike storage, quick access to local bus routes, and resting a short distance to the Southeast Freeway I-695, The Emblem is designed to serve the transit-minded millennials that the DC Metro area continues to draw.

The Emblem boasts a Walk Score of 98, a Transit Score of 82, and a Bike Score of 96.

Find out more information at our website,

Photo credit: Paul Burk

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