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Design Collective Promotes New Principals, Senior Associates and Associates

Baltimore, MD / January 2, 2018 – Design Collective Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of two new Principals, two Senior Associates and three Associates:


Jennifer McLaughlin, CID, IIDA
A certified interior designer with over 21 years of experience, Jennifer is an exceptionally skilled interior designer and project manager specializing in complex interior projects. She works fluidly across all of Design Collective’s sectors: workplace/corporate, multi-family, institutional, student housing and civic/cultural. With a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Temple University, she brings a comprehensive understanding of interior architecture and design to every project. Most recently, Jennifer worked on the award-winning designs for Cushman & Wakefield’s Baltimore office and Nine East 33rd, a mixed-use student housing project for Johns Hopkins University.

Brian Reetz, PLA, ASLA
A professional landscape architect, Brian serves as the Director of the Landscape Architecture Studio and offers 17 years of experience providing award-winning landscape design for diverse project types including dynamic urban open spaces, campus master plans, live-learn communities, mixed-use multi-family housing, green roofs and construction intensive projects. Among his most notable projects, he led the award-winning open space design for Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus improvements in Piscataway, New Jersey. Brian received his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Senior Associates

Seonhee Kim, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
A recipient of the coveted Dean’s Thesis Award, Seonhee graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Architecture. In her 13 years of experience, her experience includes a wide variety of projects ranging from higher education and student housing to mixed-use and commercial office buildings. As Director of Sustainability, Seonhee is an expert on high performance design and an advocate for the environmental and health effects of building design.

Meredith Sullivan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Meredith brings over 17 years of experience and an impressive portfolio of academic facilities for K-12 clients. She has worked on many public elementary and secondary schools, completing projects for Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools and Howard County Public Schools. At present, she is managing the renovation/addition of Pimlico Elementary/Middle School and Arlington Elementary and the replacement of Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City.


Brady Mark, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
A registered architect with over ten years of experience, Brady received his Masters of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in architectural studies from the University of Kansas. He has been involved in many of the firm’s most complex renovations, including the recent renovation of HJ Patterson Hall Wing 1 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Brady is currently working on Towson University’s Union Renovation and Expansion.

Emily Sales, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
After earning her Masters of Architecture degree with honors from the University of Maryland in 2002, Emily joined Design Collective and has since been an invaluable team member for a variety of projects.

She has worked on several of the firm’s most notable mixed-use residential projects, including The Metropolitan in Columbia, Maryland. Currently, Emily is working on Resa, a mixed-use residential high-rise in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Dan Schultz, AIA, CCCA, LEED AP BD+C
Dan is a registered architect with over ten years of professional experience at Design Collective. He has worked on some of the firm’s most notable mixed-use, multi-family and student housing projects, including Pallas at Pike & Rose and Potomac Place at Shepherd University. Dan is now working on Stevens Institute of Technology’s new student housing and university center in Hoboken, New Jersey. Dan received his bachelor of architecture from Virginia Tech.


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L on Liberty by FILLAT+ Groundbreaking on December 21st

Baltimore, MD / December 18, 2017 – Peter Fillat, III, AIA of FILLAT+ Architecture is partnering with Justin Scruggs of HTA Development to host a groundbreaking ceremony for the L on Liberty Project on Thursday, December 21, 2017.

The L on Liberty, a CDA/LIHTC Affordable Housing Project, was first published as a solicited RFP by the Baltimore Development Corporation in 2014. Originally owned by the City of Baltimore, it has been developed by Peter Fillat and HTA Development to include 71  1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments.

The event will host honored guests to participate and speak before the ceremony:

President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation, William H. Cole
Baltimore City Mayor, Catherine E. Pugh
Baltimore City Council President, Bernard C. “Jack” Young
Baltimore City Councilman, Eric T. Costello

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FILLAT+ Architecture’s 400 East Pratt Street Addition Wins Commendation in the ICSC 2017 U.S. Design and Development Awards

Country’s most innovative properties honored at ICSC’s 2017 RetailGreen and CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, November 30, 2017

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the winners of the 2017 U.S. Design and Development Awards competition, recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in the U.S. retail real estate industry. ICSC has named FILLAT+ Architecture located in Washington, DC as a Commendation winner in the Renovations and Expansions category for their submission of the 400 East Pratt Street Addition in Baltimore, MD.

In the original Pratt Street Master Plan, all buildings were set back from the street a significant distance to provide green space as a way offsetting the industrial feel often found in urban centers. The intention was to create large landscaped berms that acted as a buffer between vehicular traffic and pedestrian promenades. This approach, however, created large empty and occasionally desolate spaces that weakened street connectivity and human interaction. The new Pratt Street Master Plan proposes to add projected Retail frontage to the existing architecture that will bring more commercial development to the area and increased pedestrian activity. 400 East Pratt was the first building addition to be built as part of the redevelopment vision set forth in the new Master Plan.

400 East Pratt Street is a mixed-use addition to an existing Class-A office building. The addition contains 44,000 square feet of retail and office space on two levels, surrounded on three sides by a two-story curtain wall. The ground floor hosts the new lobby serving the entire building as well as three fast-casual restaurants, a bank, and a convenient store. The second floor hosts a new office space and rooftop terrace that offers tenants scenic views of the city and harbor. The “jewel box” design concept was conceived to be light and transparent, not only to provide office tenants maximum visibility of the Inner Harbor during the day, but to glow in the evening with vibrant pedestrian activity. 400 East Pratt has become the design catalyst for future Pratt Street corridor redevelopments.

Professional recognition for this program was given to the following individuals:

Architect: Peter A. Fillat III, AIA LEED AP, President CEO, FILLAT+ Architecture
Owner/Developer: Peter D. Leibowits, President, PDL Investment Company

The ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards competition was open to shopping center owners, developers, management companies, architects, designers, retailers, and other professionals responsible for retail projects or retail store designs that demonstrated outstanding development or redevelopment characteristics with a high degree of creativity and uniqueness within the continental U.S. The competition focused on four general categories: Renovations and Expansions; New Developments; Sustainable Design and Retail Store Design.

For complete details on all the winners, visit ICSC’s web gallery.

In addition, all 2017 U.S. Design and Development Gold Award winners are automatically entered into ICSC’s prestigious VIVA Awards competition and are eligible to be named “The Shopping Center of the Year” or the “Best Sustainability Project.” The ICSC VIVA Awards recognize the retail real estate industry’s most cutting-edge properties, innovative solutions and creative responses to market trends throughout the world. The global awards will be presented at RECon in Las Vegas in May 2018.

FILLAT+ is a design studio headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Our practice serves both the public and private sectors with a focus on architecture, interior design, urban design, and sustainable practices. Our international portfolio encompasses hotels, resorts, multi-family residential buildings, offices, retail, restaurants and mixed-use developments.

FILLAT+ is committed to creating lasting works of architecture and designing in harmony with the environment, and is dedicated to engaging communities and individuals with the spaces we create. We create works based in permanence that delight the people they serve, are respectful of the environment, and create unity between form, function, and spirit.

About ICSC

ICSC serves the global retail real estate industry. We provide our 70,000+ member network in over 100 countries with invaluable resources, connections and industry insights, and actively work together to shape public policy. For more information about ICSC visit

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AMA/DBF Mark Milestone

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Andrews, Miller & Associates’ (AMA) addition to the firm.

Formed in 1974, AMA was quickly established in the region as a leader in marine and coastal engineering services. Their clients included individuals and municipalities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as entities such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Traveling across Delmarva, it isn’t difficult to find evidence of their expertise: the municipal marina in Cambridge, Maryland, Delaware’s Lewes boat ramps, Annapolis’s city marina, or protection of Fort Story’s shoreline in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

AMA’s array of engineering services seemed a logical addition to the already extensive list of DBF’s architecture, engineering and survey capabilities. As a result, DBF acquired the firm of AMA in 2007, and the coastal engineering specialists became known as Andrews, Miller & Associates, a Division of Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (AMA/DBF). In 2012, their Cambridge office – under the leadership of Edward T. Fulford, P.E. – relocated to Easton, Maryland.

The unparalleled skills and knowledge of AMA/DBF’s new team expanded the firm’s in-house services to create a stronger, more diversified firm which could better meet the growing requirements of clients across the region while exceeding expectations.

“The central location of our Easton office allows us to better serve clients in all regions of the Mid-Atlantic,” stated DBF principal Jason Loar. “These locations include portions of the western shore and southern Maryland, the Eastern Shore from Cecil to Somerset Counties, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, and all of Delaware.”

Since the acquisition, AMA/DBF has continued to amass an impressive catalog of projects. Brief summaries for a couple of their most recent are highlighted on this page. To learn more, please visit

Recent projects include: 64th Street Boat Ramp & Dredge and Waterview Hotel Scrap Tire Removal.

AMA/DBF provided design for a two lane, ADA accessible boat ramp facility in Ocean City, Maryland. The newly constructed ramp improvements included vinyl wingwalls and jetties to assist boaters in launching and retrieving their vessels. The firm also provided wetland creation and mitigation services.

Parking for the facility was divided with thirty-one spaces for vehicles using the ramp, and a channel, approximately 1,750’ L x 40’ W was mechanically dredged to provide adequate access to the boat ramp from the Assawoman Bay. A dredged material placement (DMP) site was designed to accept the excavated material from this project.

The shoreline along the former Waterview Hotel site near Nanticoke, Maryland consisted of scrap tires that had been placed for shoreline stabilization since the 1970s. Over the years, the tires failed to protect the shoreline and erosion occurred.

In 2006, the Maryland Dept. of Environment secured the necessary funds through its Maryland State Used Tire Recycling Fund to discard the tires and transform the eroded coastline into a living shoreline.

AMA/DBF was contracted as the lead engineer for this project with design services including topographical and bathymetric surveying, permit procurement, design development, and construction administration.

Final design included placing sand fill material behind the stone sill to establish tidal wetlands growth areas. A 5,000sf area was filled with roughly 150cy of clean sand and placed in areas where tidal wetlands did not previously exist.


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George Holback, AIA to Retire from Cho Benn Holback, a Quinn Evans Company

Baltimore, MD / November 13, 2017 – George Holback, AIA, LEED AP, a principal and co-founder of Cho Benn Holback + Associates, recently acquired by Quinn Evans Architects, has announced his retirement from professional practice. An architect with dozens of award-winning historic preservation, restoration, and renovation projects to his credit, Holback has practiced throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for 35 years.

Together with Diane Cho, AIA, and David Benn, AIA, LEED AP, Holback helped launch one of Baltimore’s most successful and critically acclaimed architectural studios. Founded in 1979, Cho Benn Holback has been recognized with more than 200 design awards, including eight Grand Design awards from the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and five Public Building of the Year awards from AIA-Maryland. The firm was acquired by Quinn Evans Architects in May 2017, and continues to operate from its location on N. Charles Street in downtown Baltimore.

Notable projects under Holback’s design leadership include the renovation of the American Brewery in Baltimore, which transformed a circa-1887 industrial building into a community training center and corporate headquarters; the renovation of a circa-1914 building near Union Station in Washington, D.C., to create the Smithsonian Institution’s new home for the National Postal Museum; the transformation of the historic Mercantile Bank building into Baltimore’s new Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater; the conversion of an early 20th-century fraternal lodge and movie theater into the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Md., and restoration of the historic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Long active in professional and community-based endeavors, Holback has served for many years as a leader and volunteer with the Neighborhood Design Center, which assists under-served communities in Baltimore and Prince George’s County, Md. He holds a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech (1983) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1974). He is a LEED-accredited practitioner through the U.S. Green Building Council and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

“George Holback has been an inspiration not only to our firm, but to design professionals throughout this region,” says Diane Cho. “He leads by example, and has consistently demonstrated the transformative impact that design can have on our community. His remarkable gift is his vision. George has an ability to see the promise of neglected structures and neighborhoods, and to deliver on that promise with beautiful, economically viable buildings that bring communities back to life.”

Quinn Evans Architects staff, along with Holback’s family, friends, and colleagues, celebrated his career at a reception held on November 8 at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Fred Lazarus IV Center in Baltimore. Among Holback’s most notable revitalization projects, the center was created through the adaptive use of a circa-1915 warehouse in an economically depressed neighborhood. The building, home to numerous cultural events, now anchors the city’s vibrant Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Holback has credited his experience as a student at MICA with inspiring his own art and career.

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Architectural Record Ranks Becker Morgan Group Among Top Design Firms

Salisbury, MD / November 15, 2017 – Becker Morgan Group ranked #206 among the 2017 Top 300 Architecture Firms nationwide in Architectural Record Magazine, the #1 source for architecture news in the nation. The firm also received recognition in Engineering News-Record (ENR) as a 2017 MidAtlantic Top Design Firm, ranking #68 and by Building Design + Construction magazine, ranking #70, on the Giants 300 list of the Top Architecture/Engineering Firms. “We are honored by our client’s trust, and applaud the talents of our devoted staff,” noted W. Ronald Morgan, AIA, President.

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

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