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Becker Morgan Group Welcomes Three New Hires

July, 2020 – Becker Morgan Group is pleased to announce the growth of its architectural department with the addition of new team members in both its Salisbury, Maryland and Wilmington, North Carolina offices. “We are excited to bring these individuals on board to uphold the exceptional customer service we strive to provide our clients,” said Brad A. Hastings, AIA, LEED AP, Principal.

Courtney Torbert joins Becker Morgan Group’s Salisbury, Maryland office with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design from Morgan State University. She is passionate about architecture and has enjoyed the collaborative culture at Becker Morgan Group since joining the firm. Courtney has played a significant role in the renovation of Somerset Regional Animal Hospital in Princess Anne, Maryland, and has been actively involved in the new Capital School District Interconnected Middle Schools in Dover, Delaware, as well as a Marina office project in the Bahamas.


Megan Kelly joined the firm full time in Salisbury, Maryland, after graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech in May. Megan brings prior experience at Becker Morgan Group after having worked as a summer and winter intern in 2018 and 2019. During her time at Virginia Tech, she was an active member of the architectural fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, where she held numerous leadership positions including, Vice President, Historian, and Chair of the fundraising committee. Since joining the firm, she has been involved in The Ross, a 13 -story apartment building in downtown Salisbury, Maryland.


Leah Stephens, LEED AP, brings over 13 years of design experience to the firm’s Wilmington, North Carolina office. She graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Architecture and is well versed in commercial design. Since joining the firm, she has played a role in the design of Polyhose, Inc’s North American Headquarters.

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GWWO Promotes Six Employees to Senior Associates and Associates

June, 2020 – GWWO’s Board of Directors has promoted Brian Eschman, Kathy Speicher Melluish, and Gretchen Wagner to Senior Associates, and Lauren Park, Courtney Horst, and Lindsay McCook to Associates.

As Senior Associates, Brian, Kathy, and Gretchen will assist in managing and directing staff members and will participate in policy discussions and decision-making operations of the firm. As Associates, Lauren, Courtney, and Lindsay will participate in decision-making operations of the firm.

Brian Eschman, AIA is a skilled Project Manager who has built a portfolio of educational and municipal projects, with a significant focus on K-12 public school facilities. Brian joined the firm in 2006 and was promoted to Associate in 2013. Since then, his work has included projects for six Maryland school systems ranging from entirely new schools and major additions to minor renovations. Projects have included the new Northern High School in Calvert County, Belle Grove Elementary School renovation and addition in Anne Arundel County, and the new Severna Park High School in Anne Arundel County. Brian also serves as a team leader within the office and is a member of the office’s Guidelines and Operations Committees. Brian holds both Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a member of the AIA and an involved community member, volunteering with the Hammond High School Boosters as their Summer Camp Organizer.

Kathy Speicher Melluish, AIA, LEED AP is an experienced Project Manager who has a passion for the design of innovative spaces, forms, and environments which sensitively respond to a project’s specific goals, site, program, users, schedule, and budget. She joined the firm in 2011 and was promoted to Associate in 2015. During her tenure at GWWO, Kathy has focused on educational projects at the primary, secondary, and collegiate levels, and has played integral roles on cultural projects at the Smithsonian Institution and Brandywine Zoo. Kathy is chair of the office’s Design Committee which endeavors to support design as it relates to the mission of GWWO through several office-wide initiatives and serves as a design resource and team leader within the office. Outside the office, Kathy completed six years of service on the Board of Directors for Penn State University’s Architecture Alumni Group and is a current member of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Kathy holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Architecture, with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Architectural History, from the Pennsylvania State University.

Gretchen Wagner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a talented Project Manager who has spent the majority of her career focusing on K-12 school projects ranging from new schools and major additions to minor renovations, working with numerous Maryland public school clients on the design of facilities that are contextually appropriate within their site. Gretchen joined the firm in 2014 and was promoted to Associate in 2017. Since joining the firm, she has managed and seen to fruition the new Crofton High School in Anne Arundel County and Swansfield Elementary School renovation and addition in Howard County, and was heavily involved in the design of the new Northern High School in Calvert County. She is also a member of GWWO’s Design and Sustainability Committees and serves as a firm resource for LEED certification. Gretchen holds a Master of Architecture degree with a focus on historic preservation from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in landscape architecture from Miami University. She is also a member of the AIA and USGBC Maryland.

Lauren Park, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP joined GWWO in 2013 and today serves as a Project Manager and the firm’s Sustainability Specialist. In this role she helps clients and project teams decide which sustainable design strategies and rating systems are the best fit. Lauren is highly knowledgeable of sustainable design techniques, technologies, and the various certification processes. Her early and consistent work with design teams allows for a smooth certification process. Lauren is co-chair of the office’s Sustainability Committee, as well as a member of the office’s Design and Guidelines Committees. In addition, her talents as a Project Manager have benefited GWWO projects large and small, including renovation and new construction projects for K-12, higher education, and cultural clients. Projects include the St. Mary’s College of Maryland new LEED Silver (anticipated) Academic Building & Auditorium, new LEED Gold Wheaton Woods Elementary School in Montgomery County, and the LEED Gold renovation and addition of Towson University’s Burdick Hall Recreation Center. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is also a member of the AIA and USGBC Maryland.

Courtney Horst, AIA brings strong design, technical, and communication skills to her work at GWWO. In particular, her commitment to quality control and thorough documentation is unwavering. With GWWO since 2015, her experience has included planning and design for higher education and K-12 campuses, as well as cultural and community institutions. Projects include the Community College of Baltimore County’s new Carol Diane Eustis Center for Health Professions at the Essex Campus, the new Arnold Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, and multiple projects for the Smithsonian Institution. She also serves on the firm’s BIM and Guidelines Committees. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech University and is a member of the AIA and Construction Owners Association of America (COAA).

Lindsay McCook, AIA, LEED AP BD+C joined GWWO in 2015 and has focused her career on the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic structures. She has been instrumental in significant projects for the National Park Service and Smithsonian institution, among other clients. Projects have included the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Roof Restoration, Smithsonian Institution Education Space Study, and the new National World War I Memorial. She is also a member of the office’s Historic Resources Committee, Design Committee, and Guidelines Committee. Outside the office she is an active member and committed supporter of organizations within the architecture and historic preservation communities, including serving on the AIA’s historic resources committee, the Association for Preservation Technology DC Chapter’s events committee, and as a member of the Docomomo-US.


GWWO Architects is a full-service architectural firm that specializes in the planning and design of cultural and educational facilities, with an emphasis on responsible design that is inspirational, evocative, and progressive. Current projects include the new Pikes Peak Visitor Center in Colorado Springs, CO; the new Morgan State University Calvin & Tina Tyler Hall in Baltimore, MD; the Johns Hopkins University O’Connor Recreation Center in Baltimore, MD; and the new National WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.

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Two New VPs at Bates Architects LLC

January 21, 2020 – Bates Architects, LLC is pleased to announce that both Ben Bates and Jennifer Litchfield have been added as partners in the firm and promoted to the title of Vice President, effective January 1, 2020. Marty Bates will remain in the same role as President of BA. Their contributions to the firm and the talent and leadership they provide, along with the growing number of other talented individuals here at BA bodes well for the firm’s continued growth.

Since graduating from The University of Maryland with a Bachelor or Science in Architecture in 2008, Ben has been working full time in the field of architecture with exception of the two years he spent at The University of Maryland (2011-2013) earning his Masters in Architecture. Ben rejoined Bates Architects in January, 2018 and brought with him his expertise in residential design which has been added to the list of services BA provides. He contributes in all aspects of design, project documentation and project management by utilizing his CAD and 3D modeling skills.

Jennifer has been with Bates Architects since 2006. She is the Operations Manager utilizing her well-developed managerial, accounting and organizational skills ensuring smooth day to day operations. In addition, Jennifer also handles the commercial interior finish selections at BA. She has a practical and efficient approach to interior design, with an emphasis on aesthetics that responds to a client’s needs and desires.

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Hord Coplan Macht Adds Veteran Senior Living Principal & Opens Office in Charlotte

October 24, 2019 – David Segmiller has joined Hord Coplan Macht at Principal. He has 30 years of senior living experience and has taught and lectured extensively on the topic at both national and local conferences, including Johns Hopkins University. He will serve all of HCM’s offices with his expertise, including Baltimore, Charlotte, DC Metro and Denver.

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Lion Brothers Building Transformation Wins Baltimore ULI WaveMaker Award

October 16, 2019 – The renovation and adaptive use of the historic Lion Brothers Building, one of the oldest buildings in Baltimore’s Hollins Market neighborhood, has been recognized with a 2019 WaveMaker Award from the Baltimore chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The annual WaveMakers Awards recognize outstanding achievements in local real estate development projects.

Designed by Quinn Evans, the rehabilitation of the Lion Brothers Building transformed the long-abandoned, three-story structure into Class A office, studio, and retail space. The circa-1885 building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally constructed as a livery stable and was then occupied for several decades by the Lion Brothers embroidery company. Developer Cross Street Partners saw promise in the boarded-up building as a modern workspace that could play an instrumental role in revitalizing the community.

Based on careful research into the building’s original construction and past use, Quinn Evans created a flexible design for a contemporary workplace setting while preserving many of the building’s original features. Misaligned floors and multiple interventions from a variety of architectural eras challenged the development and design team to create a cohesive, efficient plan allowing for multiple tenants and uses. The interior features a new central core with an open stair, exposed brick walls and duct work, refinished concrete and wood floors, and the original sliding, steel-clad fire doors. Vibrant colors and environmental graphics enliven the tenant spaces, inspired by the terra cotta medallions along the exterior that depict embroidered patches once made in the factory.

The building offers a variety of workplace environments, including traditional office, open concept, and cutting-edge co-working spaces, all benefiting from abundant natural light. The historic factory windows were restored and the stable building windows were replicated. The project included all new building systems, a new elevator, and extensive exterior upgrades. In addition to Quinn Evans, consultant team members included Kovacs, Whitney & Associates, Inc., for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering; and Skarda and Associates, Inc., for structural engineering.

The Lion Brothers building is fully leased and now serves as a home to a dynamic mix of tenants, including programs at the University of Maryland, Enterprise Homes, and several other businesses and organizations.

All new photos by Patrick Ross Photography

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Nakita Reed Joins Quinn Evans in Baltimore

October 15, 2019 – Nakita Reed, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NOMA, GGP, has joined the Baltimore office of Quinn Evans as an associate. An award-winning architect with experience throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Reed is skilled in the preservation, restoration, and adaptive use of historic buildings, with a focus on sustainable strategies in design and construction.

Reed has served as an architect and sustainability consultant on numerous projects, including new construction and existing building rehabilitations. She has been involved in design projects for private-sector clients as well as the U.S. General Services Administration, the Veterans Affairs Administration, the U.S. Navy, and public-sector agencies at the local level.

Reed is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the Association of Preservation Technology (APT), and Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Building Committee. Additionally, she is on the boards of Preservation Maryland, the Benjamin Banneker Development Corporation, and serves as chair of the Maryland Green Building Council, a governor-appointed position. Reed was the 2018 recipient of AIA/DC’s Emerging Architect Award.

Reed holds a Master of Architecture (2010) and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation (2010) for the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2006) from the University of Virginia. She is a registered architect, a LEED®-Accredited Professional, and a Green Globes Professional™.

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