Programs & Events

Design Awards Celebration

The Excellence in Design Awards promotes and publicizes the work of AIA Baltimore members throughout our region and recognizes Baltimore Architecture Foundation Golden Griffin and Roger Redden Award recipients.


View our 2022 Design Awards Publication




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Meet The Jury

AIA Savannah Jury

Jury Chair
Jodie Quinter, AIA
Jodie Quinter, AIA, is an architect at FXCollaborative and co-chair of FXWomxn. Jodie is an architect by day and an avid reader by night. She operates with an old school work ethic and appreciation of her craft while also embracing the bold candor of her millennial identity. She has served on the National Associates Committee for the AIA and, in doing so, has come to deeply value providing guidance to a new generation of professionals. Jodie holds a Master of Architecture degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Miami University, and is a registered architect in Georgia.


Aaron Wilner, AIA
As an award-winning designer and principal at a globally renowned design firm, Aaron Wilner brings almost 30 years of celebrated experience to his role as Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Aaron now leverages his professional successes in shaping the environment for the next generation of design leaders and thinkers. Aaron’s commitment to architecture spans various organizations and institutions where he has taught and served as a graduate-level professor and contributed to multiple design juries, award panels, and countless studio critiques. It is Aaron’s goal to continue to foster an environment of ingenuity, innovation, and rigorous aspirational thinking at SCAD. He believes strongly that architectural education equips students not only for the intellectual design rigor and demands of the profession but to engage more broadly in the thoughtful conversations of our time.


Scott Cook, AIA
Associate Principal Scott Cook, AIA brings an advanced level of business understanding and strong team mentality to every project he manages. He understands the value of clear communication with clients and the project team in addressing the quickly changing developments of any project. Scott’s technical fluency, knowledge of construction, and creative design solutions result in projects that consistently exceed client expectations. His previous professional experience includes ten years as VP of Operations for a construction company, a role which has given him an in-depth understanding of detailing and constructability.


Akhil Hemanth, AIA
Akhil Hemanth is a Design Professional at HKS and a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. His expertise includes a wide range of building typologies ranging from multi-family & single-family residential homes, commercial mixed-use and K12 schools. Akhil is an active member of the architecture community, having served on the board of Freedom by Design(AIAS), and as past Young Architect Forum President. He is also an alum of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. He is also self-taught programmer, who is passionate about Augmented Reality/Extended Reality, Artificial Intelligence and automation in the AEC industry. He is constantly working towards democratizing the technology for active field use.



Thank You Sponsors







ISA Architectural

Price Modern

Southway Builders


CADD Microsystems

GWWO, Inc.

James Posey Associates, Inc.

North Point Builders

Potomac Valley Brick & Supply Co.

Site Resources, Inc.

Swirnow Building Systems

US Concrete Products

Vitro Architectural Glass



American Cedar & Millwork

Ames & Gough

Amstrong World Industries

Budova Engineering

Craig Gaulden Davis Architecture

DoublEdge Design

Hope Furrer Associates

MAG Lighting

Monkey in the Metal

Morabito Consultants

Moseley Architects


Schluter Systems

Tnemec Company


Residential Design Award Jury


Brian GriebBrian Grieb, AIA, Grid Architects and Morgan State University
Brian Grieb is an award-winning architect and tenured professor at Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning.   His work over the last 20 years has been broad; covering various sectors including educational, residential, mixed-use, institutional, hospitality and commercial projects – all of which reflecting his passion to embrace a holistic approach to the design and build process. A hands-on professional by nature, Brian relishes in seeing his projects from inception through construction, working closely with craftsman to interpret and fully realize the client’s vision, every step of the way. A recognized expert in the field, he routinely is invited to speak to national audiences on topics ranging from sustainable design, materiality, and design/build.


Gavin LehrlGavin Lehrl, KLR Construction
Gavin Lehrl brings eleven years of construction management experience in the MD/DC/VA market with involvement in new construction, residential renovation and historic renovation. Previous experience includes custom home building, sales and finance.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.


Megan ElcratMegan Elcrat, AIA, Present Company
Megan Elcrat holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kansas State University. She began practicing in 2005, and is a licensed architect, and Legacy LEED AP. Megan founded Present Company, a full-service architecture and design firm, in 2010. Present Company focuses on historic renovation and adaptive reuse, as well as new commercial and residential work. Clients include small business owners, real estate developers, and non-profit institutions that are working to build a better Baltimore.



Social Equity Award Jury


Briony Hynson, NDCBriony Hynson, Neighborhood Design Center
As Deputy Director, Briony leads development, design leadership and engagement initiatives at NDC. Briony started in her role at NDC in 2013, after completion of the Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellowship at Maryland Institute College of Art. The lynchpin of her work is understanding community and the shared built environment to leverage positive social change. Previously, as the founding creative director of Honfleur Gallery, Briony employed varied approaches to build creative capacity via revitalization efforts in Washington DC’s Ward 8. Hynson holds a BFA in Sculpture from Alfred University and an MA in Social Design from MICA.


Ariana ParrishAriana Parrish, AIA, Gensler
Ariana Parrish is a Baltimore-Based Architect with a passion for creating innovative and social equity through design. With over 10 years of experience in Commercial, Affordable Housing, K-12, Higher Education, Recreational design, Strategy and Community Revitalization, she has made a significant impact on the architectural landscape, in her home base of Baltimore, across the United States and abroad. Beyond her professional achievements. Ariana is deeply committed to making a positive impact on society through various initiatives. She founded Nosreme Baltimore focused on bringing food and art to underserved communities, currently on leadership team for a Middle-East-Baltimore based community organization and served as a mentor to Morgan State University Urban Design Studio in 2023.


Chelsea Thomas, AIAChelsea Thomas, AIA, Moseley Architects
Chelsea Thomas, AIA, was born and raised in North East, Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2004, then moved to Baltimore to work for Gant Brunnett Architects. After two years at GBA, she moved to the Denver Metropolitan area and worked for six years at a small firm in Golden, Colorado. As the economy rebounded post-recession, she decided to return home to Maryland. Back in Baltimore, she became the first chair of the Doors Open Baltimore planning committee and has continued to serve on the committee since. In 2022, Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) named Chelsea Thomas the recipient of the Roger D. Redden Award for her lifelong dedication to architecture and to furthering its understanding in Baltimore. She is currently an Associate at Moseley Architects, where she designs affordable housing for clients throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Good Design = Good Business Jury


Nichole BattleNichole Battle, Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
Since June 2013, Nichole Battle has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO). She originally started her career with GEDCO in 2006 as the Director of Real Estate Development. As CEO, Nichole oversees the senior services, community services, and homeless and supportive services lines of business. Ms. Battle holds an MBA from Loyola University of Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business, a Master in City and Regional Planning, a Master in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University.


Samia KirchnerSamia Kirchner, Intl. Assoc. AIA, Morgan State University
Samia Rab Kirchner makes, studies, and analyzes architecture that contributes to urban civic identity. She is currently tenured Associate Professor of Urban Design and Interim Chair of the Undergraduate Design Department at Morgan State University in Baltimore City. She has taught architecture, urban design, historic preservation and urban heritage management at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Kirchner’s research and practice focus on the (trans)formative role of water in City Design, Urban Regeneration and Redevelopment. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture selected her as Area Coordinator for the Arabian Peninsula and she has chaired two cycles of the Kenneth F. Brown Culture and Architecture Design Award.


Chrissy SchifkovitzChrissy Schifkovitz, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Chrissy Schifkovitz is the Director of Business Development at the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. She is a Jersey Girl but has called Baltimore home for the last ten years, currently residing in Hampden. She has experience with event management, fundraising, business development, community relations and social media marketing. She collaborates with Downtown Baltimore businesses, connecting them to resources to succeed. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors- camping, hiking, kayaking, traveling and going to concerts.

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