An employee-owned design firm.

Leadership

Luanne Greene

FAIA, LEED AP

Luanne Greene 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 planning strategies that address the needs of campus and community. Luanne has worked with numerous mission-driven institutions across the nation, including: Carnegie Mellon University, Smithsonian Institution, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, and Washington University in St. Louis. Her approach to planning and design has helped many institutions develop successful solutions that balance a bold vision with practical implementation issues.

In addition to her work with Ayers Saint Gross, Luanne also a member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and is active in the Baltimore community. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Virginia.

Adam Gross

FAIA

Adam Gross is a principal of Ayers Saint Gross with more than 35 years of experience in planning and architectural design. He provides the broad design direction for the firm and works in close collaboration with many of the firm’s longstanding 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.

Alice Brooks

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Alice Brooks is an associate principal with more than 15 years of experience, with work ranging from cultural institutions to student housing for higher education. In addition to her role as project manager, she spent three years as Chair of Ayers Saint Gross’s Continuing Education Program and was a key member in the re-evaluation of the firm’s professional development goals and strategic plan as it relates to advancement. Alice is a current Co-Chair of the Equity in Architecture Committee, AIA Baltimore Chapter, and was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Leadership Summit 2017 planning committee. She is a participant in the Leadership Baltimore County Class of 2017.

Allison Wilson

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Allison Wilson is an architect and serves as the firm’s Sustainability Director. In this role, she supports high-performance building and planning objectives across the firm, providing analytical support to the design process, integrating sustainability into campus master plans, and helping projects achieve LEED certification. She was the lead author of the Sustainable DC Plan, an urban sustainability strategy to transform Washington, DC into the “healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation by 2032.” She has worked extensively with Texas A&M University’s master planning efforts, and was a student leader of the U.S. Department of Energy’s winning Solar Decathlon 2011 project, WaterShed.

Alyson Goff

M.Ed, MPA

Alyson Goff’s professional background includes more than 12 years in higher education, seven of which were spent managing facilities planning and space management for a college. As a consultant, she uses analysis and planning of short- and long-term space needs to provide valuable data to institutions to inform their academic and administrative units. Alyson’s space management programming allows institutions to align academic, financial, and physical planning goals to future space reallocation. With degrees in public administration and higher education business administration, she has an in-depth knowledge of institutional operations at universities and colleges.

Amelle Schultz

ASLA, LEED AP

Amelle Schultz is an associate principal in the Landscape Architecture practice. With more than 18 years of experience, she specializes in landscape architecture, campus master planning, and landscape master planning. Her work includes the Waterfront Campus Plan for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Grinnell College Landscape Master Plan and Phase I Landscape Transformations, and numerous campus master plans, including Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Swarthmore College, and Ringling College of Art and Design. Amelle has been a speaker at the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference and the national ASLA conference. She has worked on a number of projects that earned awards at local and national levels for Society for College and University Planning, American Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Institute of Architects.

Amy Cuddy

CPSM

Amy Cuddy is a senior associate and serves as the Director of Marketing Operations. She brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing and communications for design firms, and works closely with the marketing and business development team and firm leadership to create tailored communications for our clients. Her expertise includes digital marketing, database management, public relations, corporate communications, budgeting, and operations. She has held leadership positions with the Society for Marketing Professional Services and earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

Ann Powell

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Ann Powell is an associate principal at Ayers Saint Gross, where she has been a project manager since 2008. Professionally, Ann enjoys the challenges of executing design projects that complement and build on their architectural contexts. Her recent projects include the Salisbury University Academic Commons, an addition to the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar Hazy Center, and advance planning for the renovation of the East Wing at the National Museum of American History. In addition to serving on the Board of AIA Maryland, Ann is President-Elect of AIA Baltimore and on the Board of Directors for Preservation Maryland.

Charley Greenland, Jr.

AIA, LEED AP

Charley Greenland is an associate principal at 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 colleges and universities. 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.

Christine Hurt

CPA

Christine Hurt is an associate principal and Chief Financial Officer. 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.

Corey Chang

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Corey Chang is an associate principal with more than 22 years of experience in architecture. Throughout his career, he has focused on higher education academic and research facilities, health sciences, nursing, STEM, fine and performing arts, and on- and campus-edge student housing. Recent projects include Howard Community College’s Science, Engineering, and Technology Building and Washington University in St. Louis’ Bryan Hall Renovation and New Pedestrian Bridge. Corey is a leader in our employee-owned business structure, ensuring that our employee-owners are engaged and invested in the success of our company.

Dan Henderer

LEED AP

Dan Henderer is a senior associate with more than 17 years of architecture experience, focusing on cultural and government projects. His portfolio includes the Atturaif Living Museum and Visitor Center in Riyadh. Working for the past seven years in Saudi Arabia, he has served on the board of the AIA Middle East as Secretary and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Country representative. Dan has attended past AIA Middle East conferences in Egypt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar, as well as the KSA Leaders in Construction Summit, the Arc Middle East Conference in Muscat, Oman, and the Masonry Institute of America Masonry Camp.

Dan McKelvey

AIA, LEED AP

Dan McKelvey 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 doing so promote and encourage discussion, education, and technology exchange. Dan’s diligent, research-based architecture and QA/QC can be seen in projects such as the Rams Head Center at the University of North Carolina, the University of Baltimore’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Duke University’s School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins’ Nelson Harvey Building, and the Oxford Road Building at Emory University.

Dennis Lynch

AIA, LEED AP, CDT

Dennis Lynch 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.

Dori Landry

Assoc. AIA

Dori Landry is a senior associate and the firm’s Director of Client Relations. With more than 30 years of experience working with design firms focused on the built environment, she has a passion for working with higher education clients. Dori works closely with the marketing team, senior leaders, and next-generation leaders to develop and implement proactive business development plans that support the firm’s strategic and business plans. She is actively engaged with the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and has served on the Mid-Atlantic Council since 2012, filling roles such as Regional Conference Co-Chair, Concurrent Session Co-Chair, and Community College Liaison Chair.

Earl Purdue

AIA, LEED AP

Earl Purdue 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. In recent years, Earl has developed a nationally recognized expertise in the design of health science facilities and nursing schools, having completed facilities for Duke University, Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of West Georgia, and Missouri Baptist University. In addition to health science facilities, Earl designs science, engineering, performing arts centers, and chiller plants on university campuses.

Eric Moss

AIA, LEED AP

Eric Moss is a Vice President and Director of the Student Life practice. With more than 25 years of experience, he is dedicated to the design of residential, dining, wellness, academic, 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 the residence halls completed by the firm. Eric regularly lectures on collegiate facilities for the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International and other professional organizations.

Eric Zobrist

AIA, LEED AP

Eric Zobrist 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. Currently he is working on the Texas Tech University Experimental Sciences Building II, the University of North Texas Interdisciplinary Research and Education Building, and the Hayden Library Reimagination at Arizona State University.

Glenn Birx

FAIA, LEED AP

Glenn Birx 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.

Glenn Neighbors

AIA, LEED AP

Glenn Neighbors 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 in St. Louis.

Jack Black

AIA, LEED AP

Jack Black 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 Science Education Building and the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Phoenix and the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff.

Jason Wilcoxon

AIA, LEED AP

Jason Wilcoxon is a principal in the Washington, DC office 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.

Jim Wheeler

AIA, LEED AP

Jim Wheeler became the Chairman of Ayers Saint Gross in 2016 after serving as firm president from 2007-2015. He joined the firm in 1987 and retired from full time work at the end of 2017, but will remain Board Chair through 2019. With more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of architecture and planning, Jim has written and lectured extensively on trends in higher education. His responsibilities included business and financial management as well as community engagement. For 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 served as Board Chair from 2015-2017.

Joe Burkhardt

PLA, LEED AP

Joe Burkhardt is an associate principal with more than 25 years of experience in landscape architectural design, focusing on urban redevelopment, parks, and institutional design. His project management range includes site design from small, intricately detailed gardens and urban courtyards to large corporate facilities and college campuses. Joe’s passion is rooted in seeing built projects that directly support the well-being of individuals, provide positive experiences for users, and connect people to the outdoors. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, where he teaches grading, construction, and stormwater management.

Joe McNamara

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Joe McNamara is an associate principal at Ayers Saint Gross, and has practiced architecture out of the Washington DC area throughout his 20-year career on projects from Boston to Miami. He specializes in the management of complex project types, clients, and teams and has a passion for carrying a concept through the final details of the design, combining his knowledge of architecture and construction to produce exceptionally crafted work.

Joel Fidler

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Joel Fidler is an associate principal with more than 20 years of experience designing and managing architectural projects. He provides clients with exceptional service, a clear architectural vision, and open communication and trust in order to discover what drives their architectural needs. Joel’s experience ranges from institutional campuses and local school systems to housing and commercial developers, including the Interdisciplinary Building for Physical Therapy and School of Nursing at Duke University and the Sagamore Spirit Distillery. Joel is a Director of AIA Maryland and is active on neighborhood boards and in coaching youth sports.

Jon Eaton

MCP, MCSA

Jon Eaton is an associate principal and the firm’s Director of IT. He is an expert in database administration and software integration. Throughout his career, Jon has accelerated the adoption of AEC software tools, including Deltek Vision, Newforma, Autodesk products, and Axomic Open Asset Image Library. He has deployed four corporate intranets and assisted in the development of multiple database platforms and custom web applications. Jon encourages a broader understanding of technology throughout the firm and strives to develop a culture of change with everyone he works with, and has lectured on change management in the AEC industry at national conferences.

Jonathan Ceci

LEED AP

Jonathan Ceci is a principal and Director of the Landscape Architecture practice. 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.

Karla Aghajanian

AICP, LEED AP

Karla Aghajanian is a principal with more than 20 years of expertise in planning, land use and development, and historic preservation. Her communication and management skills contribute 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, 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.

Katy Hunchar

Katy Hunchar 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. Katy holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Lehigh University, where she studied English, education, and art.

Kevin Johnson

AIA, LEED AP

Kevin Johnson 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 designed projects at Washington University in St. Louis, Kent State University, Howard Community College, and the Maryland School for the Blind.

Kevin Petersen

AIA, LEED AP

Kevin Petersen 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 interdisciplinary 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.

Kirsten Owings

SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Kirsten Owings is the firm’s Director of Human Resources. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management and organizational development. Kirsten oversees all areas of HR including recruiting and staffing, benefits, compensation, employee relations, performance management, leadership development, HR compliance, training and development, and organizational design. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is both SHRM-SCP and SPHR certified.

Kristen Ambrose

AIA, CSI, LEED AP BD+C

Kristen Ambrose is an associate principal with expertise in the design of sustainable academic environments that support innovative teaching and learning. She served as project architect for the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she teaches in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She loves travel and exploring cities.

Lindsay Story

Lindsay Story is the firm’s creative director with 13 years of experience in graphic design, working on projects ranging from signage and wayfinding for the Monticello Visitor Center to a pocket-sized pop-up book illustrating the firm’s student housing expertise. Recent projects include print and identity design for the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, signage and wayfinding for Ohio University and Bowie State University, and environmental graphics for the University of Maryland and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Currently, she is leading a branding and identity effort for a new higher education institution. In addition to client work, Lindsay is the keeper of the Ayers Saint Gross brand and works to promote brand consistency and design excellence firm-wide.

Linnea Kessler-Gowell

CID NCIDQ

Linnea Kessler-Gowell is an associate principal with more than 16 years of experience in interior design. She has deep expertise in multifamily projects and higher education interiors, including detailed furniture, fixtures, and equipment packages for student-centered facilities. Her recent work includes Brown Advisory and American University Spring Valley Renovation.

Lisa Keith

Lisa Keith 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 expertise includes 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.

Mike Barber

AIA, LEED AP

Mike Barber 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 with a proven track record in supervising multiple projects with complex requirements, tight deadlines, and significant budgetary constraints. Among his successes are the John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore, the first LEED Platinum law school in the nation; the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University; and the School of Nursing at Duke University. Mike is currently working on the Baltimore Convention Center and the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

Nakia Neves

CPSM

Nakia Neves is a marketing and business development specialist and Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). She brings 15 years of experience working in the AEC industry, and currently serves as the firm’s Western Regional Director, Marketing and Business Development. Nakia is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to position the firm as a national leader in the planning and design of campuses and communities for mission-driven institutions. After being introduced to the work performed by the American Institute of Architects’ Equity in Architecture Commission, Nakia’s professional passion has been to adapt the mission for marketing professionals in the broader AEC industry. Just as her role in architecture unites her passion for design with her talent in marketing, her new focus to promote Equitable Practice within the AEC community marries her passion for social equity and community service with the industry she deeply reveres.

Rhiannon Rudolph

PHR

Rhiannon Rudolph is an HR Generalist with more than six years of experience in human resources and recruiting. At Ayers Saint Gross, she has updated the Employee Handbook, developed a new paid leave policy, and implemented a new payroll system. She is currently working on a leadership development program and workplace wellbeing initiative. Rhiannon is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and earned her Professional in Human Resources certification in 2017.

Stephen Wright

AIA

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

Tim Burkett

Tim Burkett is the firm’s Director of Operations and brings more than 25 years of experience in the architecture and engineering industry with interests in leadership development, project partnering, and risk management. Tim focuses on operational leverage, cohesion, and process optimization to improve client experience and project deliverables. Tim is a member of Chesapeake and Potomac Chapters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Board of Directors. Serving in an advocacy role, he educates members of Congress on issues of importance to Type 1 Diabetes.

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Staff Spotlight

Karla Aghajanian, AICP, LEED AP

Karla Aghajanian is a principal with more than 20 years of expertise in planning, land use and development, and historic preservation. Her communication and management skills contribute 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, 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.

160
+

People employed by Ayers Saint Gross in three offices

74
%

Of our technical staff now holds LEED accreditation

Beresford Pratt passed his final ARE and became a registered architect in the state of Maryland in December 2017.

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

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Andrew Casavant

Andrew Casavant

Associate

Jonathan Catania

Jon Catania

AIA LEED Green Associate
Senior Associate

Blair Davenport

Blair Davenport

AIA
Associate

David Duxbury

David Duxbury

Associate

Linsey Graff

Linsey Graff

Associate AIA
Associate

Laura Hall

Laura Hall

RA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate

Jordan Hawse

Jordan Hawes

CID NCIDQ
Associate

Jack Hulme

Jack Hulme

LEED Green Associate
Senior Associate

Nathan Korkki

Nathan Korkki

AIA, LEED Green Associate
Associate

Jessica Leonard

Jessica Leonard

AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate

Cooper Melton

Cooper Melton

AIA, LEED Green Associate
Senior Associate

Sandy Michael

Sandy Michael

Senior Associate

Cormac Phelan

Cormac Phelan

Associate AIA
Associate

Tarek Saleh

Tarek Saleh

AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate

Fred Satchell

Fred Satchell

Senior Associate

Doug Satteson

Doug Satteson

AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT
Associate

Rosalie Tilghman

Rosalie Tilghman

AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT
Senior Associate

Chip Young

Chip Young

CID NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
Senior Associate

Allison Wilson

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Alyson Goff

M.Ed, MPA

Amy Cuddy

CPSM

Katy Hunchar

Lindsay Story

Nakia Neves

CPSM

Rhiannon Rudolph

PHR

Lex Schwartz Collaboration Award

Dan McKelvey

Dan is the personification of collaboration, making countless contributions to the firm. It is not uncommon to wait in line to talk to Dan. There always seems to be a colleague eager to ask him a question. His experience and love for details touches every office and even crosses disciplines. Furthermore, Dan’s relationship with the Johns Hopkins Hospital has helped open the door for marketing opportunities as the Nelson Harvey case study is being taken on the road to many conferences.