An employee-owned design firm.

Leadership

Luanne Greene

FAIA, LEED AP

Luanne is President of Ayers Saint Gross, with more than 30 years of design and planning experience. She is a strong advocate for smart and sustainable campus planning strategies that address the needs of campus and community. Luanne has worked with numerous colleges and universities across the nation, including: Johns Hopkins University; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Wake Forest University; the University of Georgia; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the University of Delaware; and Washington University in St. Louis.

Adam Gross

FAIA

Adam is a principal of Ayers Saint Gross with more than 35 years of experience in planning and architectural design of various building types. He provides the broad design direction for the firm, and works in close collaboration with many of the firm’s long-standing clients. In addition, he has written and lectured extensively on urban design, collegiate architecture and master planning. He has taught at several architectural schools, most recently as the Fay Jones Chair in Architecture at the University of Arkansas and the Kea Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland. Adam was a visiting scholar at The American Academy in Rome in 2014.

Jim Wheeler

AIA, LEED AP

Jim became the Chairman of Ayers Saint Gross in 2016 after serving as firm president from 2007-2015. He has more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of architecture and planning and has written and lectured extensively on trends in higher education. His responsibilities include business and financial management as well as community engagement. For the past 17 years he has spearheaded the firm’s engagement with Beechfield Elementary/Middle school in west Baltimore. He has been an active volunteer for the United Way of Central Maryland for 25 years and is currently Chairman of the Board.

Glenn Birx

FAIA, LEED AP

Glenn is a principal and vice president of Ayers Saint Gross with more than 35 years of experience. He leads the technical and management side of the firm, overseeing contracts, quality control, construction documents and administration. Glenn is a nationally recognized expert in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and has written, lectured and consulted on the benefits of the software. His longstanding contributions to the profession include serving as president and board member of the Maryland and Baltimore AIA. He helped steer a recent revision of the Architects’ Handbook of Professional Practice and wrote the chapter on defining project services.

Eric Moss

AIA, LEED AP

Eric is a vice president and director of the student life studio at Ayers Saint Gross. With more than 25 years of experience, he is dedicated to the design and management of residential, dining, fitness and student union facilities on campuses. Eric has worked with numerous colleges and universities across the nation, including Emory University and the universities of Miami, Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia. In addition to design, he undertakes strategic planning and programming for most of the residence halls completed by the firm. Eric regularly lectures on student life facilities for the Association of College and University Housing Officers and other professional organizations.

Stephen Wright

AIA

Stephen Wright is a principal at Ayers Saint Gross, based in the firm’s D.C. office. He is a design architect with more than 35 years’ experience creating academic spaces that solve clients’ complex programmatic needs. Stephen specializes in student spaces that enable social and intellectual interaction, artistic expression, and inter-disciplinary cross-learning. His portfolio includes acclaimed campus planning and design projects for academic building, libraries, student centers, graphic and performing arts centers. He current serves as Vice President of the board of the Washington Bach Consort and on the Washington Architecture Foundation board of directors.

Christine Hurt

CPA

Christine is an associate principal and the Chief Financial Officer of Ayers Saint Gross. She has more than 20 years of diverse experience managing accounting, HR, and IT. Her expertise includes corporate accounting, financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, audit requirements, regulatory reporting, treasury management, and tax compliance, as well as financial oversight for annual insurance and bonding program administration. She has held leadership positions with Troop 742 of the Boy Scouts of America and Ten Thousand Villages US.

Jack Black

AIA, LEED AP

Jack is a vice president who runs the Tempe, Arizona office of Ayers Saint Gross. He has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of architecture, from planning to design and construction. Jack has worked with clients from various sectors, including higher education, government, cultural and commercial, on a wide range of building types. Among his Arizona projects are the University of Arizona’s health sciences education and biomedical building in Phoenix and the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff.

Earl Purdue

AIA, LEED AP

Earl is a principal at Ayers Saint Gross with more than 30 years of experience in all phases of architectural practice. He specializes in the programming and design of academic teaching facilities, including business and law schools, and science centers. In recent years, Earl has developed a nationally recognized expertise in the design of nursing schools, having completed such facilities for Duke University, the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of West Georgia and Missouri Baptist University. In addition to teaching facilities, he has designed performing arts centers and chiller plants on university campuses.

Lisa Keith

Lisa is a principal with more than 25 years of experience in planning for K-12 schools, colleges and universities. She specializes in helping organizations maximize their potential by providing them with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions about allocating their resources. Her skills include conducting space needs analyses; creating facilities inventories; analyzing classroom and laboratory utilization; developing space guidelines; assessing educational adequacy; pre-design programming; and programming software applications for planning, facilities inventory management and capital project prioritization. Lisa has worked on more than 250 campuses nationally and internationally.

Dennis Lynch

AIA, LEED AP, CDT

Dennis is a principal with more than 20 years of experience in all phases of architecture. His dedication to project management and sustainability has contributed to the success of academic buildings and student housing at several universities. Among his LEED-certified projects are award-winning freshman residence halls at Emory University and the Teacher Education and Technology Center at Salisbury University. Dennis has shared his expertise at numerous conferences and workshops, and written on sustainable design for the Journal of Green Building.

Karla Aghajanian

AICP, LEED AP

Karla is a principal with more than 20 years of expertise in planning, land use and development, and historic preservation. Her communication and management skills have contributed to interdisciplinary team-building and the successful implementation of master plans. Karla’s experience includes building long-term relationships with clients at academic and cultural institutions, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Park Service. She is a member of the American Planning Association and serves on the board of the 1000 Friends of Maryland.

Jonathan Ceci

PLA, LEED AP

Jonathan is a principal and director of the landscape architecture studio at Ayers Saint Gross. He is responsible for creating vibrant landscapes on former industrial sites, historic properties and the campuses of colleges and universities across the country. His work demonstrates an appreciation of regional distinctions through native materials, site-specific plant palettes and local landscape typologies. He is committed to sustainability and design excellence in every type of setting, from historic to contemporary.

Jason Wilcoxon

AIA, LEED AP

Jason is a principal in the Washington, DC office of Ayers Saint Gross and has more than 15 years of experience in design, renovation and project management. As a leader, he actively mentors staff, supervises internal planning and develops business for the firm. His wide range of experience focuses on architectural design, renovation, preservation and interior fit-out for commercial, retail, residential and cultural facilities. He leads Ayers Saint Gross’ commercial interior design team working with multiple clients in the Washington, DC region.

Kevin Petersen

AIA, LEED AP

Kevin is a principal who focuses on developing creative planning solutions and realistic implementation strategies. He engages clients through a hands-on process integrating graphic and data analyses, comprehensive problem-solving and design excellence. Kevin has helped educational institutions to make better use of space to leverage inter-disciplinary collaboration, improve efficiency and strengthen their campuses. Over the past decade, he has led strategic facility planning, space use analysis and programming, campus master planning and architectural design efforts on campuses throughout the United States and internationally.

Kevin Johnson

AIA, LEED AP

Kevin is a principal and senior design architect with more than 20 years of broad project experience ranging from academic and research science buildings, healthcare, residential, commercial and planning projects. As the lead designer on his projects, he has a collaborative process that is guided by clear intent and decision-making. He is a firm believer that effective communication is grounded in detailed visuals in all forms of media – blocking / stacking / massing diagrams, precedent images, sketches, computer models, physical models, and others. Recently he has been working on designing projects at Washington University in St. Louis, Kent State University, Howard Community College, and the Maryland School for the Blind.

Glenn Neighbors

AIA, LEED AP

Glenn is an associate principal at Ayers Saint Gross with more than 30 years of experience in architecture and planning. He is a versatile designer who has worked on a myriad of projects, from campus master plans to visitor centers and libraries. One of his specialties is creating plans and building designs for college and university art schools, including the Maryland Institute, College of Art; Ringling College of Art and Design; and Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University.

Mike Barber

AIA, LEED AP

Mike is an associate principal at Ayers Saint Gross and has more than 30 years of experience in all phases of architecture, with an expertise in project management of academic buildings. He is an exceptional project manager who has a proven track record in supervising multiple projects with complex requirements, tight deadlines and significant budgetary constraints. Among his successes are the John & Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore, the first LEED platinum-certified law school in the nation; the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management for Morgan State University; and the School of Nursing at Duke University. Mike is currently working on the new Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons for Salisbury University and the historic Enoch Pratt Central Library renovation.

Charley Greenland, Jr.

AIA, LEED AP

Charley is an associate principal of Ayers Saint Gross with more than 40 years of experience in architecture. He has earned a reputation for delivering projects on time and within budget, leading him to focus on project management of academic and student life projects for universities and colleges. With his encyclopedic knowledge of professional standards and building types, Charley is a regular speaker at local and national conferences and a recognized expert in project management.

Eric Zobrist

AIA, LEED AP

Eric is an associate principal with more than 20 years of experience in planning, designing and managing large-scale higher education, corporate, retail and mixed-use residential projects. Since joining Ayers Saint Gross, he has honed his expertise in the delivery of developer-driven student housing projects with significant developments at the University of South Carolina, University of Southern California and adjacent to Arizona State University’s Main and Downtown Campuses. Eric is an integral part of the leadership in the Tempe, Arizona office. He led the Ayers Saint Gross team on two high-profile and complex projects in downtown Phoenix – the University of Arizona Health Sciences Education Building and Roosevelt Point Housing Development.

Daniel McKelvey

AIA, LEED AP

Dan is an associate principal with more than 30 years of experience in all phases of architecture on college and university campuses. Because of his passion for best practices in the design and construction industry, he co-founded the Building Enclosure Council – Baltimore. The members of this organization meet about ten times a year to bring building professionals together to share ideas and experiences on building design and science. Members delve into the complexities of technical design and in so doing promote and encourage discussion, education, and technology exchange. Dan’s diligent, research-based architecture and QA/QC can be seen in projects such as Rams Head at UNC Chapel Hill, University of Baltimore's Law School, Duke University’s School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins’ Nelson Harvey, and Oxford Road Building at Emory University.
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Staff Spotlight

Stephen Wright, AIA

Stephen Wright is a principal at Ayers Saint Gross, based in the firm’s D.C. office. He is a design architect with more than 35 years’ experience creating academic spaces that solve clients’ complex programmatic needs. Stephen specializes in student spaces that enable social and intellectual interaction, artistic expression, and inter-disciplinary cross-learning. His portfolio includes acclaimed campus planning and design projects for academic building, libraries, student centers, graphic and performing arts centers. He current serves as Vice President of the board of the Washington Bach Consort and on the Washington Architecture Foundation board of directors.

160
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People employed by Ayers Saint Gross in three offices

74
%

Of our technical staff now holds LEED accreditation

Marie McKenna passed her LEED Green Associates exam in April 2017.

Join us as we congratulate Linsey Graff, winner of a 2017 AIA Associates Award!

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Recent Promotions

Join us in congratulating these outstanding individuals!

Katarina Carlin

AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
Senior Associate

Sally Chinnis

AICP, LEED ND
Senior Associate

Dana Dixon

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Senior Associate

Dana Perzynski

AICP, EDAC, LEED AP
Senior Associate

Peter Baker

AIA, PLA, LEED AP
Associate

Anne Dutton

AIA, LEED AP
Associate

Silvia Hasty

LEED AP
Associate

Andrew Lindberg

AIA, LEED AP
Associate

Phillip Raguindin

LEED AP
Associate

Christian Schoewe

AIA, LEED AP
Associate

Jasmine Shah

AIA, LEED AP
Associate

Michael Taylor

LEED AP
Associate

Amber Wendland

LEED GA
Associate

Lex Schwartz Collaboration Award

Glenn Neighbors

Glenn never deviates from his friendly demeanor, patience, willingness to teach, and willingness to learn. He inspires the people around him to be better individuals and better team members. He travels from one studio to the next and offers his full engagement, down to the smallest detail. He is exemplary as a member of a project team, as a design resource to other studios and offices, as a mentor to young professionals within the firm, and as a keen listener to our clients. He approaches each design problem with a fresh perspective which allows him to innovate and adapt to each project’s needs. Congratulations, Glenn!