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Hord Coplan Macht Pledges Annual Scholarship to Morgan State University Design Programs

Baltimore, MD / April 17, 2018 – Hord Coplan Macht is excited to announce the establishment of the Hord Coplan Macht Scholarship Fund at Morgan State University. The annual commitment will help offset educational costs for two students in the School of Architecture and Planning, one majoring in Architecture and one in Landscape Architecture.

This fund celebrates Hord Coplan Macht’s 40th anniversary and the company’s long-standing relationship with Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning. Together, the two entities have formed a successful mentorship and internship program offering numerous students internships, employment and growth opportunities since its inception.

“Our relationship with Morgan State University has been incredibly meaningful. The students we’ve met though the program have shown us that inspiration travels both ways, from mentor to mentee and vice versa. We are delighted to offer this opportunity and look forward to helping develop the next generation of design talent,” Hord Coplan Macht founder and Principal, Carol Macht said of the scholarship fund.

Scholarships will be awarded to qualified students based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

“HCM is a true advocate for educating and preparing young students to lead the built environment professions. They have supported initiatives and have volunteered valuable time to ensure diversity and inclusion in practice. Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning is very grateful to HCM for their impact on students’ lives”, said Morgan State University Architecture and Planning School Dean Maryanne Akers.

About Hord Coplan Macht
Hord Coplan Macht is an architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm.  Specializing in healthcare, education, mixed-use, parks, office and institutional facilities, the firm has offices in Baltimore, MD, Alexandria, VA, and Denver, CO. 

 About Morgan State University
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit


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Becker Morgan Group Announces Employee Promotions

Salisbury, MD / April 4, 2018 – Becker Morgan Group is pleased to announce the following employee promotions:

Brenden Frederick, AIA, LEED AP has been promoted to Associate Principal. He has been with the firm for 14 years, is a registered architect in Maryland and Delaware, holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certification, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He has extensive experience in educational, public safety, healthcare, manufacturing, and multi-family projects, including serving as Project Manager on the Johnson Controls / Middletown Distribution Center and the new Datwyler Pharmaceutical plant, both located in Middletown, DE, and numerous projects with Nanticoke Health Services in Seaford, DE and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. Brenden holds a Master and Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) including service as the 2017 AIA Maryland Chapter President and Chesapeake Bay Chapter Director. He also serves as a member of the Salisbury Historic District Commission, and is President Elect of the Rotary Club of Wicomico County.

Jack Mumford, III, AIA, LEED AP has been with Becker Morgan Group for 28 years, and is now an Associate Principal. Jack is a registered architect in Maryland and Texas and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He studied architectural design and building technology at Delaware Technical Community College and holds two professional certificates, Construction Practices and Construction Estimating, from San Diego State University. His responsibilities include project management, architectural design, and specifications with vast experience in hotel, restaurant, recreation, commercial/retail, and multi-family residential projects. He is currently serving as Project Manager on the Ocean City Convention Center Phase 3 expansion, numerous new hotel projects in Philadelphia, PA, White Marsh, MD, Newark, DE and Rehoboth Beach, DE, as well as the recently completed new Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront in Wilmington, NC.

Jon Lipka, AIA, CSI, CCCA has been promoted to Senior Associate. With a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa School of Architecture, he is a registered architect in Maryland, holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certification, and is a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) and Construction Documents Technologist (CDT). Jon has been with the firm for 14 years and serves as the firm’s Building Information Management (BIM) manager and lead Quality Control professional. He lends his expertise primarily in educational and public safety projects while taking an active role serving as a mentor for new employees, providing training on software standards. Jon has served as project manager on multiple educational projects in both Maryland and Delaware, and is an Assistant Pastor at Saint Thomas the Disciple in Salisbury, Maryland.

Bill Sieg, AIA has been with the firm for 19 years, and is now a Senior Associate. Bill is a registered architect in Maryland and holds a Master of Architecture from Morgan State University and Bachelor of Arts from University of Delaware. He is on the Board of Directors for the Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) and is also active with the Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association (OCHMRA) and AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter. Bill brings unique expertise in land planning, form-based code creation and implementation, and master planning. He has participated with civic affiliations to create and administer design guidelines, standards and zoning codes that encourage attractive buildings that reflect contextual design and character appropriate to their local region.

Mike Riemann, P.E., Civil Engineer, has been promoted to Principal, demonstrating strong technical competency and leadership skills throughout his tenure with Becker Morgan Group. Mike started as an intern in 1997, joined full time as a Civil Designer in 2001, advanced to Associate in 2006, named Senior Associate in 2009, promoted to Associate Principal in 2016 and became a Principal in 2018. Mike is a graduate of University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science / Civil Engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer in Delaware. Mike played a vital role in the opening and expansion of the firm’s newest office in Newark, DE. His extensive experience spans statewide across Delaware, with expertise in various market sectors including, commercial, retail, education, institutional, residential subdivision and more. Mike is actively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations, including his current role serving as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Delaware, and has been recognized as the 2015 Delaware Council of Engineering Societies Young Engineer of the Year, 2014 Rotarian of the Year from the Dover Downtown Rotary, and 2013 Associate Member of the Year from the Home Builders Association of Delaware.

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

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JMT Architecture Adds Three Newly Licensed Architects

Baltimore, MD / April 3, 2018 – JMT Architecture – the architecture and design division of JMT, Inc. – has announced that three of its professionals have now become licensed architects. Those professionals are: Michael A. Grabenstein, AIA, LEED AP, Susan Q. Cunningham, AIA, LEED AP, and Ashley P. Liss, AIA.

With 15 years of experience for commercial, education, institutional, retail, and residential projects for public entities and private clients, Grabenstein has a broad range of experience, from designing systemic renovations to schools to new corporate office buildings to interior fit-outs. He has lead project teams and managed documentation for LEED building certification. In addition, he has a thorough knowledge and experience managing of all phases of design including initial programming, design documentation, bidding, and construction administration. Grabenstein is registered in Maryland.

Cunningham began her professional career more than 20 years ago on construction sites as an intern with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. Cunningham joined the firm in 2000 after graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.  Since her first day Susie has been involved in a variety of notable projects that include: the LEED Silver Randallstown Community Center; the 72,000 square foot addition to Glenelg Country School for upper school science, library, and field house; interior enhancements and reconfiguration to the historic Brown Memorial Church; and the 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art health club, Atlantic Coast Athletic Club, in eastern Pennsylvania. Susie enjoys getting her hands around what is required for her projects. She knows the outcome is directly related to her ability.  Her experience, knowledge and designs incorporate our passion for enhancing the quality of life. Susie is registered in Florida.

Ashley Liss has six years of experience working in the industry. Liss’ work emphasizes the importance of collaboration, teamwork, and strong communication. Liss’ involvement includes illustrative drawings, renderings, and planning for programming and schematic design through technical construction documentation. She is also a strong advocate for Building Information Modeling (BIM) and has experience in office standardization and coordination of the software and training. To aid in sharing her passion for design, she is a proud volunteer for the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania. She is based out of JMT’s Philadelphia office and now registered in Pennsylvania.

“It is an exciting time here at JMT Architecture,” says Al Rubeling, FAIA, JMT Senior Vice President and JMT Architecture Practice Leader. “We are all very proud of Mike, Susie, and Ashley’s hard work to get where they are today. Keep in mind, they had to earn these licenses while also maintaining their full client workload. ”

Continues Rubeling, “With today’s news on our new registered architects, JMT Architecture launch in February, and recent additions to our higher education team, we are excited for the future.”

In February, JMT, Inc. launched JMT Architecture and consolidated architecture and interior design groups in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Columbus.  JMT Architecture strategically focuses planning and design projects in the K-12, higher education, cultural, government, healthcare, and community markets.

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NIKA Takes Top Honors in Design Competition

Rockville, MD / March 16, 2018 – AIA Maryland members Tae Jung, AIA and Pauline Sipin, Assoc. AIA are part of the team from NIKA Creative Lab to win first prize in the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge . Read more

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Grimm + Parker Recognizing Leadership

Calverton, MD / March 14, 2018 – Please join us in congratulating Grimm + Parker’s recently promoted team members for their outstanding achievements. We thank them for their continued commitment to our core values.

Grimm + Parker is pleased to announce our new vice presidents providing firm-wide leadership in design, construction, and client services.
Julia Crawford, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Director of Interior Design
Jonathan Hill, AIA, LEED AP
Bruce Mongrain, AIA, CSI
Antonio Rebelo, AIA, IDA, Director of Design

Grimm + Parker’s senior associates and associates are rising leaders within the firm and will ensure our continued success in the future.
Senior Associates
Kerry Hill, LEED AP
Annette McDaniels, AIA, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP BD+C

William Abrahamson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Michael Berry, LEED Green Assoc
Robert Gilp, LEED AP
Carter Grant, Financial Controller
Kelly Malloy, Business Manager
Megan Kiel, RA, LEED Green Assoc.
Laura Smyles, AIA
Michael Smyles, AIA

More here including studio awards.

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Rubeling & Associates Becomes JMT Architecture

Baltimore, MD / February 27, 2018 – Rubeling & Associates, a JMT Division, is changing its name to JMT Architecture on March 1, 2018.  Founded in 1981 and acquired in 2014 by Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. (JMT), a 1500-person multi-disciplinary planning, design, technology, and construction management consulting firm, the name change supports consolidation of the JMT architecture and interior design groups in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Columbus.

The name transition and launch of JMT Architecture strategically focuses planning and design projects in the K-12, higher education, cultural, government, healthcare, and community markets.

“We are pleased to transition over to JMT Architecture,” says Al Rubeling, FAIA, JMT Senior Vice President and JMT Architecture Practice Leader. “With recent additions to our higher education team, along with market growth projected in our Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Columbus locations, we are excited for the future.”

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