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Sechler Named Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc.’s Newest Principal

Salisbury, MD/May 8, 2019 – Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF) is pleased to announce Jamie L. Sechler, P.E. has been promoted to principal. Sechler joins Michael R. Wigley, AIA, LEED AP; Jason P. Loar, P.E., Michael E. Wheedledon, AIA, LEED Green Associate; Ring W. Lardner, P.E. and W. Zachary Crouch, P.E. in leading the firm.

Sechler, a senior civil engineer at DBF has been with the firm for 14 years, advancing to Associate in 2014. In addition to new firm management duties, he will continue to design and manage site design and civil engineering projects throughout Delaware. “This is a new chapter in Jamie’s life, as well as a new chapter for the firm. He’s demonstrated the ability to not only lead successfully, but to lead with great passion for what he does. We are fortunate to have someone as accomplished as Jamie on our team and look forward to seeing him continue to grow with the firm,” said Ring W. Lardner, principal at DBF.

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Sechler obtained his professional engineering licenses in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. He has demonstrated experience in the civil design and engineering of multiple major subdivision developments, site grading plans, new roadway design, stormwater management design and the design and coordination of on-site utilities. Some of Sechler’s on-going and completed projects include civil design and engineering for various residential developments as well as the Dagsboro Water Treatment Plant and the Hyatt Hotel.  “I’ve had the pleasure of working at DBF for over a decade, so I’m excited for the opportunity to transition into this new role,” said Jamie L. Sechler, P.E.

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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Becker Morgan Group Announces 2019 Promotions

Salisbury, MD / April, 2019 – Becker Morgan Group is pleased to announce the following employee promotions:

Bryan L. Hutchison, Jr, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB has been promoted to Senior Associate. With a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic State University, he is a registered architect in the state of Delaware, a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and serves on the Delaware Board of Architects. Bryan has been with the firm for 15 years and leads the architectural staff in the Dover, DE office. Bryan has served as project manager on many projects including Rittenhouse Station Mixed-Use Development in Newark, DE, Linden Corner a 2-story medical office building in New Castle, DE, Wesley College Johnston Hall in Dover, DE, DuPont Broadnox Corporate Retreat in Chestertown, MD, and most recently for the new DSWA Administration Building in Dover, DE.


Craig Williams, AIA has been with the firm for 16 years and has been named Senior Associate. Craig graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and is a registered architect in Maryland. Craig is a member of the firm’s library and educational design studios, and is currently working on the new Somerset County Technical High School in Westover, MD, Queen Anne’s County Kent Island Branch Library, and Rehoboth Beach Public Library Needs Assessment. Craig brings virtual design expertise to each project and was instrumental in incorporating 3D visualization tools into the firm’s daily practice. He has received international awards from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators & KROB for 3D Visualization.


Michael J. Henry, LEED AP has been promoted to Senior Associate. Michael has been with the firm for 22 years in the civil engineering department in the Dover office. Michael is a graduate of Delaware Technical Community College, was formerly an ambassador for the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Leadership Central Delaware Class of 2018. Michael has extensive experience with site and subdivision design, construction administration and project management. He has completed several major projects at Delaware State University, including the current new Housing and Dining Facility on-campus, as well as Beebe Healthcare’s Rehoboth Health Campus, and the Centre at Love Creek Shopping Center in Lewes, DE.

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

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Becker Morgan Group Leaders Named ENR MidAtlantic Top Young Professionals

Salisbury, MD / April, 2019 – Becker Morgan Group is pleased to announce J. Michael Riemann, P.E. and Brenden D. Frederick, AIA, LEED AP were named to the Engineering-News Record (ENR) MidAtlantic 2019 Top Young Professionals list. This award recognizes 20 design and construction professionals from across the region under the age of 40 who are leaders in their industry and communities. A panel of industry judges considered criteria including experience, education, career and industry leadership, as well as community service.

Michael Riemann, P.E., Principal first joined the firm as an intern while in high school. Upon graduating from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Michael joined the firm full-time. Demonstrating strong technical competency and leadership skills, Michael was named a Principal in 2018. He played a vital role in the opening of Becker Morgan Group’s Newark, DE office, strengthening the firm’s statewide presence, experience and diversity. Michael is an active member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Delaware where he has served a multitude of roles, including serving as President, and is currently the National Director, representing the state of Delaware. Michael’s peer attests to his leadership, “Professional Engineers are expected to practice ethically and competently and keep in mind the protection of the public in all that they do and represent. Michael exhibits these characteristics every day in the time and energy he gives to the technical and professional groups he so proudly serves.”

Brenden D. Frederick, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal joined the firm after graduating from Tulane University with a Master and Bachelor of Architecture. He serves as project manager for a multitude of projects including educational, public safety, healthcare, commercial and multi-family residential. Brenden helped establish the intern development program and enjoys providing valuable hands on experiences for each intern. He has impacted all levels of the firm with his inclusive leadership style, mentorship, and enthusiasm for his work. Brenden serves on numerous civic and professional boards, including being an appointed member of the Salisbury Historic District Commission, President of the Rotary Club of Wicomico County and has served in numerous leadership roles for AIA Maryland and AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter. He is currently serving as the AIA National Strategic Council Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Brenden’s peer attests to his dedication, “I admire Brenden’s willingness to take on any role or responsibility, small or large, to make a meaningful contribution to our organization.”

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

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ASG Announces Promotions

Baltimore, MD / April 11, 2019 – Join us as we congratulate these outstanding individuals on their well-deserved promotions. As an employee-owned firm, our people are our greatest strength. We are thrilled to recognize the following leaders who engage people and places to create designs that enrich our world.


Corey Chang, Architecture

Throughout his career, Corey has led an array of higher education projects, including academic and research facilities with a focus on health sciences, nursing, and STEM. He delivers the highest caliber of service with his attentiveness to an institution’s needs coupled with responsive designs and execution of the details. Corey is a leader in our employee-owned business structure, ensuring that everyone is engaged and invested in the success of the firm.

Joel Fidler, Architecture

Joel leads with a clear architectural vision and open communication to discover what drives clients’ needs. His experience ranges from college and university campuses and local school systems to housing and commercial development. Joel is the President of AIA Maryland and has served on its Board of Directors since 2016.

Christine Hurt, Finance

Christine is Chief Financial Officer of Ayers Saint Gross. Her expertise includes corporate accounting, financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, audit requirements, regulatory reporting, treasury management, tax compliance, and risk management. Christine is on the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and recently held leadership positions at her church and with Boy Scouts of America.

Linnea Kessler-Gowell, Interiors

Linnea has deep expertise as an interior designer for higher education and multifamily projects with significant experience on interior renovations, including detailed furniture, fixtures, and equipment packages. Bringing valuable knowledge from work on the client side, she understands how to best design vibrant and integrated interior environments for flexible learning and living, keeping maintenance and costs in mind.


Sally Chinnis, Planning

A campus planner and urban designer, Sally helps institutions create dynamic mixed-use precincts, enhance the student and residential experience, expand open space networks, and develop phased implementation plans to realize their vision. Her projects span strategic planning, programming, and physical planning for university campuses and individual schools, colleges, and administrative units.

Alyson Goff, Space Analytics

With practical knowledge at the governing board and campus levels, Alyson understands the inner workings of higher education and possesses deep understanding of institutional operations. Through analysis and planning of short- and long-term space needs, she provides valuable insight to institutions to inform their space planning and management strategies, allowing institutions to align academic, financial, and physical planning goals.

Hans Graf, Architecture

Hans has dedicated his career to the design of student life buildings, with a particular focus on residence halls that elevate the living-learning experience. Working closely with residence life departments, the office of facilities, and other stakeholders at colleges and universities to verify their programming needs and then translate them into built forms, Hans envisions and executes innovative and creative designs.

Katy Hunchar, Marketing and Business Development

Katy is the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. With more than 12 years of experience working with design firms, she leads strategic marketing and business development efforts across all disciplines for higher education, cultural institutions, and other mission-driven clients.

Jessica Leonard, Planning and Architecture

Jessica brings comprehensive programming, space planning, strategic planning, and design skills to the firm. She leads large, complex master planning efforts and is passionate about engaging stakeholders to guide decisions that shape the character of an institution and its vision for the future. Jessica is a member of SCUP and received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal and a University Fellowship from the University of Maryland. She is a founder of the SHARPkids program in Baltimore City, where she also serves as a youth mentor.

Cooper Melton, Architecture

Cooper has devoted his design practice to housing and higher education, steering successful and award-winning projects to completion. Cooper’s extensive background in both market-rate and student housing allows him to find inventive solutions that bridge the goals of the private sector with the ideals of academic institutions. Cooper has spoken at national and regional conferences, including ACUHO-I and SEAHO.


Erin Estep, Architecture

Laura Hall, Architecture

Cormac Phalen, Architecture

Angelo Pirali, Architecture

William Story, Planning

Michael Taylor, Architecture

Amber Wendland, Planning


Bohdan Baida, Space Analytics

Matthew Doeller, Architecture

Igor Hercegovac, Architecture

John Kucia, Architecture

Olivia Law, Architecture

Beresford Pratt, Architecture

Tim Smiroldo, Architecture

Stephen Turk, Marketing and Business Development


Margaret Zivkovich, Graphic Design

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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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