Fenwick Island Artist’s Folly, Fenwick Island, DE., in design

This small building is intended to be a portable studio and sleeping space for a NYC artist.  It is designed to fit on the back of a flatbed truck and be re-deployed in various settings.  Construction borrows from boat-building techniques, utilizing a cold-molded, double layer plywood shell for strength and watertightness, while also being inexpensive.

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Elliot’s Island Residence, Elliot’s Island, MD, Under construction

This residence is designed in a remote location with a beautiful water view.  Intended to feel rustic but in a modern style, it will be used primarily as a vacation home.  The forms are simple and sympathetic to the local vernacular, and all of the materials are natural.

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Habitat for Humanity Mixed-use Building, Berlin, MD, In design

This building is highly unusual in that it is the rare Habitat for Humanity building that incorporates retail space on the ground level.  There will be two condominium units above that will be sold to Habitat families.  The project is in the heart of a small downtown area, and abides by historic district zoning rules. […]

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West-O Bottle Shop, Ocean City, MD, 2014

This project involved the renovation and expansion of an existing beer and wine shop. Only minimal work was allowed on the exterior but we were able to get a large improvement through an unconventional use of materials.

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Entomological Society of America, Annapolis, MD, 2013

This is a 6000 sf tenant-improvement project for a non-profit organization representing bug scientists.

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Key Largo Condominium, Ocean City, MD, 2005

Problem: Design a 9-unit condominium building on a site one half block from the ocean with a traditional architectural language. Solution:  The building is arranges so as to have a courtyard containing a fountain and hot tub.  This courtyard allows for four of the units to have exterior walls on all four sides.  The mass […]

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South Point Residence III, Berlin, MD, 2014

This home was designed to replace a home that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The program called for an affordable, simple, peaceful home that was open to the waterviews around it but also strong, efficient, and durable.

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The Salisbury School Dormitory, Salisbury, MD, 2013

This project added a 10-student dormitory for foreign students to an existing farmhouse dormitory.

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St. Martin’s Church Visitor Center, Showell, MD, In design

This project adds restrooms, meeting space, a “bride’s room”, and a gift shop to the grounds of a historic church.  Two alternate approaches were explored:  The first uses forms that provide “sympathetic contrast” with the church, and the second uses historic forms.

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Ocean City Performing Arts Stage, Ocean City, MD 2013

This stage and restroom facility uses an innovative mechanical system. The solar chimneys passively ventilate, cool, and de-humidify the restrooms without any mechanical energy.

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Salisbury School dormitory, Salisbury, MD, 2013

This project added a 10-student dormitory for foreign students to an existing farmhouse dormitory. Project requirements were that the new building complement the existing farmhouse, 

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South Point Residence II, Berlin, MD, 2012

This home is located on a beautiful peninsula with indirect water views all around. The home design uses vernacular forms and materials, as well as ample decks, to create a regionally-appropriate image.

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Siddons Residence, Exmore, VA, 2012

This project was an addition to and renovation of a unique home. Designed by an architect who had trained with Frank Lloyd Wright, it is a classic of early modern prairie-style architecture. The design attempts to preserve the integrity of the original building while nearly doubling the space available to the owners.

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Lewes Residence I, Lewes, DE 2010

This single-family home is designed to be as sustainable as possible, utilizing passive solar design, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) with a recycled wheat-chaff core, vegetated roofing, photovoltaic and solar-thermal panels, and natural materials.

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Burley Street Residence Addition & Renovation, Berlin, MD 2008

This addition to an existing bungalow is designed for maximum energy efficiency through passive-solar design and high-efficiency mechanical systems. It blends with the dominant traditional style of the neighborhood while providing dynamic interior spaces and a strong connection to the outdoors.

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Habitat for Humanity Wicomico County, Salisbury MD 2008

This home, design pro-bono for Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County, was the first sustainably designed Habitat home on the Eastern Shore. It utilizes numerous “green” techniques to tread lightly on the environment and to ensure the new owner has affordable utility bills.

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South Point Residence I

This home was designed to solve some interesting problems. The owners had a high desire for privacy, but the home is located close to the street. The owners wanted have a high exposure to the views to the Northeast, which is also the direction strong storms come from. And the owners wanted an open, spacious […]

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Schwalbach Residence, Ocean City, MD, 2007

This home was designed in two phases, for an owner who loved modern architecture.  The original home is two stories over pilings, cantilevered over the marsh.  The project restored nearly two-acres of wetlands by removing fill and creating a rain-garden.  The addition takes a tower form, and is connected the original home with a mostly […]

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Chandler Drive Residence, Berlin, MD, 2006

Many of the lessons learned in the evolution of a traditional Eastern Shore farmhouse are applicable today, and are incorporated into this home. Narrow rooms for ventilation and daylight penetration, natural and local materials, and simple, extruded forms are all ideas that drove the massing of the home. On the inside, however, the rooms are […]

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1111 Edgewater Condominium, Ocean City, MD, 2004 (unbuilt)

Problem:  Design a 16 unit condominium building using sustainable design strategies and maximizing views over the bay. Solution:  Each unit has a unique plan, orienting it towards the views and protecting privacy from other units.  Exposed post and beam construction and extensive built-ins are used on the interiors to define space.  The roof is a […]

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Paradise Beach Townhomes, Ocean City, MD, 2004

This 5-unit townhouse building is on a difficult lot.  The resulting design scoops in southern light and provides the best views possible.  The use of color modulates the repetition and adds playfulness to the forms.

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New Jersey 911 Memorial Competition, New Jersey, Unbuilt

Two large depressions form the heart of the memorial. They take the form of the shadow, or impact, of the Twin Towers, but are approximately one quarter the size (reflecting the proportion of victims from New Jersey). The depressions slice across the sight, and the Liberty Walk, extending into the river. They are aligned with […]

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Schwalbach Residence, Ocean City, MD, 2004 (unbuilt)

This residence focused views out to the water while screening adjacent neighbors.  Constructed of post-tensioned concrete, it has dramatic cantilevers and “floats” above its marshy site.

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Solara Condominium, Ocean City, 2003

This condominium project was designed to maximize views of the ocean from every unit, a challenging task given the number of other buildings between it and the beach.

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Patriots Peace Memorial, Louisville, KY, 2003, Honor Award, 2003 Maryland State AIA Design Awards

This project was the result of a national competition. It is a National Memorial to military personnel who have died in service during peacetime. The walls are composed of solid blocks which are replaced with a glass block with the name of the deceased inscribed on it as these losses occur. During the day sunlight […]

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Lighthouse Sound Residence, Bishopville, MD, 2002

This residence was designed to reflect the local “farmhouse” vernacular on its public side, while opening up to the light, the views, and the summer breezes on its private side.  

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Moore, Warfield & Glick Office Building, Ocean City, 2002

Problem:  Design a 10,000 sf office building on previously laid out rectangular footprint, while giving the building a curb appeal that would represent the business.  Make the building as sustainable as possible while also giving it a traditional feel. Solution:  By dividing the massing of the building into three modules through the use of “reveals”, […]

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Richardson Residence, Ocean City, MD, 2002

This residence was designed to reflect its coastal location, as well as to create quiet outdoor space — in the midst of a crowded neighborhood — by shaping a courtyard in the center of the house that is open to the water.

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Quillin Residence, Berlin, MD, 2000

This residence was designed to reflect the local vernacular architecture and complement the low, marshy site.

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Siler Place Residence, Oakland, California, 1998

This project was designed and built as a speculative home in the Oakland hills and thus had the opportunity to make a statement about appropriate design for the area free from any specific client requirements. Given the beautifully wooded site, wood was a big part of that statement both as an exposed structural material and […]

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