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Glen Tipton

Renowned Designer Glen Tipton, FAIA Joins Hord Coplan Macht

  • October 10, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that Glen Tipton, FAIA has joined the firm.  Tipton is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of senior living design whose impact is wide-reaching, with projects in sixteen states and four countries. His work encompasses master planning studies, feasibility studies, new building design and renovation design of numerous continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, memory support, hospice, and nursing care facilities.  He has long been recognized for his thought leadership in the evolution of mixed-use, community-integrated and intergenerational senior living and services.


Tipton is a leader in Hord Coplan Macht’s Senior Living practice which covers independent living through skilled nursing and memory care.  His depth of experience, combined with the firm’s healthcare, multifamily, education and mixed-use design expertise yields an exciting new approach to the rapidly growing older adult marketplace.  He will provide Executive Overview, Quality Assurance and serve as Principal-in-Charge on many projects in this field.


Tipton chaired the National American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Knowledge Community for four years and in 2004, he was elevated into the elite AIA College of Fellows in recognition of his unique contributions to architecture for seniors. He is a nationally recognized speaker at a variety of conventions and seminars on the subject of design and innovative approaches to senior living. Tipton received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and is a registered architect in Maryland.

Three Hord Coplan Macht Projects Honored for Excellence in Architecture

  • September 16, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that three of its projects received design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Maryland Society.

Morgan St U CBEIS Plaza entry at dusk_june13The firm’s Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) at Morgan State University, designed in association with The FREELON Group, received the Society’s highest honor – Public Building of the Year.

The award-winning CBEIS building, which houses Morgan State’s School of Architecture and Planning as well as related engineering programs, was praised by the jury as “deftly addressing the primary issues facing public architecture – social space, environmental impact, and fiscal restraint.  Working urbanistically, extending beyond its borders with its ‘street’, the building first acts to serve its neighbors and the campus.”


Ripley Folly_HCM_plaza at duskAlso honored with Citation Awards was Ripley Street Folly, a unique kinetic installation and area of respite along the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County, MD.






Barrie School-Learning Lab_Featured ImageAs well as the Barrie School Learning Studio and Research Lab, a modular classroom solution for an independent school in Silver Spring, MD.

Hord Coplan Macht Leads the State in EDAC Designers

  • August 17, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that five team members have earned their Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).  With five EDAC designers in the Baltimore office, Hord Coplan Macht has more certified evidence-based designers than any other firm in the State of Maryland.

The EDAC program awards credentials to individuals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to apply an evidence-based process to the design and development of healthcare settings, including measuring and reporting results.

Recipients of the Certification are:

Scott Davis, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP

Eileen English, AIA, CSI, EDAC, LEED AP


Usama Hassanein, EDAC, LEED AP

Hord Coplan Macht NICU Design Wins Major National Award

  • August 1, 2013
  • HCM

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design has honored Hord Coplan Macht’s design of a new NICU at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore by naming it as one of the top three winners in its 2013 design competition.

First, second, and third place titles will be awarded during the Patient-Centered Design Reception, where the full-scale model of the Patient & Family-Centered NICU patient room, inspired by the top submissions, will be unveiled on opening night of the 2013 Healthcare Design Conference.

Throughout the duration of the conference, registered workshop participants will experience this environment from the perspectives of end users, with the opportunity to move about the space assuming the role of a family member of a NICU patient in pre-determined scenarios.

To view HCM’s winning submission visit here.

Hord Coplan Macht Announces Recent Promotions

  • July 17, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that the following team members have been promoted in recognition for their skills and leadership not only within the firm, but also throughout the community.

Promoted to Principal
John Harris, AIA, LEED AP


Promoted to Senior Associate
Scott Davis, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP

Lisa Ferretto, AIA, LEED AP

Om Khurjekar, RRA, ASLA, LEED AP

Tina Pogliani, AIA, LEED AP


Promoted to Associate

Beret Dickson, AIA, LEED AP

Kristin Etzel, AIA, LEED AP

Erica Zoren, AIA, LEED AP

“Talented and strong personnel are the backbone of excellent design,” said Hord Coplan Macht CEO Lee Coplan, AIA. “Professional development is a core focus in our firm and we believe that investing in our team members helps us to continue providing the highest level of service and care to our clients.”

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Hord Coplan Macht Project Honored for Excellence in Landscape Architecture

  • May 16, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that its restoration of the District of Columbia War Memorial, located in the National Mall, has won the Presidential Award of Excellence in the Annual Professional Awards Program by the American Society of Landscape Architects — Maryland and Potomac Chapters.                                                                                    

Constructed in 1931 using funds donated by citizens of D.C., the District of Columbia War Memorial honors the 26,000 District residents who served in World War I.  Located on the National Mall in a wooded setting, the temple-like open air structure was designed to serve as both a memorial and a bandstand.  Original construction problems, ill-advised planting campaigns and decades of deferred maintenance caused severe deterioration of both the site and structure.

Working in collaboration with the National Park Service, Hord Coplan Macht led a team of preservation architects, conservators, cultural landscape architects and engineers in a $5 million restoration of the cultural landscape and memorial.   Now fully restored, the District of Columbia War Memorial once again stands proudly with our nation’s great monuments to liberty and freedom.


HCM Participates in Project Clean Stream

  • April 11, 2013
  • HCM

Many Hord Coplan Macht team members and their families recently spent a beautiful Saturday morning improving a stretch of the Herring Run stream in Baltimore.  Sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the crew spent the morning removing more than 50 bags of trash from one of Baltimore’s major tributaries to the Bay.




Hord Coplan Macht Wins Best of 50+ Housing Award

  • March 22, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that Brightview South River Assisted Living, located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has been awarded the Gold National Design Award in the Best of 50+ Assisted Living / Special Needs Community category by the National Association of Home Builders.

Developed by Shelter Development, LLC , the Brightview South River community is comprised of 64 assisted living units and a 26-unit Alzheimer’s wing.  The community offers a host of amenities including multiple dining options, a fitness center with adjacent spa and beauty facilities as well as activity spaces for arts & crafts and hobbies.  Outdoor living features include a patio, a gazebo and gardens with trellises and walking paths. The top floors are dedicated to assisted living residents. Their spaces include a lounge with a fireplace, brain fitness room, lounge, library and activity rooms.

The project achieved LEED Gold Certification and is Shelter’s first LEED project.  Features include many sustainable design elements such as a green roof, electric car charging stations, native landscaping, purchase of green energy, and use of recycled content building materials.

The National Association of Home Builders Best of 50+ Housing Awards recognize projects that represent innovation in design, development, lifestyle, and marketing housing to an older consumer.  The award ceremony aims to identify current trends in the 50+ housing market.

Hord Coplan Macht Project Featured in National Building Museum Exhibit

  • February 25, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that its recent project at Barrie School, in Silver Spring, MD is being included in the first-ever museum exhibition dedicated to the greening of American schools.  Featuring exemplary projects from new construction, to rehabs, to modular classrooms, the exhibition will survey the extraordinary breadth of green school design in the United States through sample building materials, photographs, video, green products and full scale building mock-ups.

HCM’s featured project is Barrie School’s Learning Studio and Research Learning Lab, two state-of-the-art buildings that embrace a new paradigm in educational delivery, where creative and analytical problem solving, complex communication, leadership and team work, digital and quantitative literacy, adaptability, integrity and most important, global perspectives are emphasized.

Contrasting the “one-size-fits-all” approach to education prevalent in the 20th century, the new, 5,800 sf facilities at Barrie physically manifest the school’s dynamic curriculum and focus on the needs of students as individuals. Through a highly flexible learning environment, the Learning Studio and Research Learning Lab support opportunities for creativity, collaboration, and communication (student-to-student, teacher-to-student, and teacher-to-teacher.) These agile and adaptable classrooms easily convert into large group learning spaces, multiple small group collaboration areas, and a large town hall lecture room. This is supported by flexible furniture; moveable wall panels; clear sight lines; acoustic control; and, ideally located exterior windows that provide optimal interior layout and meaningful student views.

In concert with Barrie School’s enduring commitment to sustainability, both buildings were designed to achieve LEED Platinum and embrace nearly every definition of environmental stewardship, energy efficiency, increased eco-awareness and healthy interiors.  Built from many post-consumer materials, these buildings incorporate cool roof technology, FSC Certified wood, rapidly renewable materials, occupancy sensors, energy efficient lighting, with cisterns irrigating an indigenous landscape.

Manufacturer:  Modular Genius

Modular Genius, Inc. is an award winning Turn Key, General Contractor Offering Permanent and Temporary Use Commercial Modular Buildings. Modular Genius, Inc. is a member of the Modular Building Institute and US Green Build Council constructing projects for public and private sector use groups including Education, Business, Assembly, Healthcare and is a US Federal Government contractor. The firm completes the project from Design to Occupancy with a mission to consistently provide, and continually improve the method of eco-friendly modular construction. Our employees and subcontractors are committed to reliability in everything they do, adding value to our customers’ goals, while sustaining the environment in which we live. For more information about Modular Genius, Inc. visit us at

Project Manager:  Kramer Consulting Services, PC

Kramer Consulting Services, PC (“KRAMER”) is a multifaceted organization that provides owner representation/project management for all phases of new construction and renovation projects. Established in 1994, KRAMER provides unbiased advice resulting in added value to clients who range from public and private institutions to business enterprises, encompassing the full spectrum of end-user markets. KRAMER is a certified CBE in the District of Columbia and offers services nationwide. Our mission is to provide clients with a single resource to manage all aspects of their construction project, obtaining on-time delivery and maximum value for every dollar spent. Follow us on Twitter: @KramerDC or visit our web site:

Owner:  Barrie School

Barrie School is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school, serving approximately 350 students from age 2 through grade 12. Barrie provides a nurturing and accepting atmosphere and a curriculum that challenges students to reach beyond their current grasp. They recognize that education is a journey that should respond to the needs of students as they develop from concrete, multi-sensory learners into abstract thinkers with increasing capacities for critical analysis, collaboration and effective communication. Barrie believes that education should strike a balance between theoretical and practical learning. We strive to instill in our students a continuing desire for personal excellence in a complex and ever-changing world.

About The National Building Museum

The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, web content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit Connect with us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook.

Morgan State University, CBEIS

Hord Coplan Macht Wins Wintergreen Award

  • February 7, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that The Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) at Morgan State University, for which the firm served as the lead architect in association with The Freelon Group, has been honored with a Wintergreen Award by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Maryland Chapter.

By jury selection, the award recognizes distinction, innovation and leadership in green building design throughout the state of Maryland.

At the forefront of the campus, the 126,000 square foot, $67 million building highlights Morgan State University’s commitment to sustainability. CBEIS houses the School of Architecture and Planning and the School of Engineering’s Civil Engineering, Transportation Studies, and the National Transportation Center.

Pursuing LEED Gold Certification, sustainable features of the building include photovoltaic cells on the roof and in the curtainwall, a greywater and rainwater harvesting system in the lower level, and highly efficient heating and cooling systems, and extensive daylighting.

Projects for the Wintergreen Awards must be located within the state of Maryland and be registered under any third party green building rating system. USGBC states, “Nominations are judged on a series of sustainable measures including, but not limited to innovation in sustainable design, environmental impact, social benefit, community involvement, and achievement within green building rating systems.”


Tim Barnhill

Hord Coplan Macht’s Timothy Barnhill Earns Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification

  • February 5, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht, a leading multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm, is pleased to announce that Tim Barnhill has recently earned his Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) from The Center for Health Design.  EDAC was developed to educate architects about healthcare design decisions based on credible research evidence.

Barnhill is a principal in the healthcare studio at Hord Coplan Macht.  With over fifteen years of architectural experience, he has spent a large portion of his career focusing on project development and assisting healthcare and corporate clients with space planning and design.  Barnhill’s experience includes master planning and the design of complex healthcare and corporate facilities.  Recent projects include Levindale Geriatric Hospital – the Households at Levindale, and the Renewal and Infrastructure upgrades at the Shock Trauma Center located at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification is a program that has established new standards for individuals using an evidence-based design process for healthcare building projects. An EDAC-certified individual can help make design decisions and recommendations based upon the best available research information. Using this process has been proven to produce measurable improvements in healthcare facility clinical outcomes, economic performance, productivity, customer satisfaction and cultural measures, among others.

Barnhill’s accreditation is one of the many ways Hord Coplan Macht provides clients with future-focused and expert-led services.  Barnhill is one of only a dozen EDAC-certified professionals in the State of Maryland.

About The Center for Health Design

The Center for Health Design (CHD) is a nonprofit organization that engages and supports professionals and organizations in the healthcare, construction, and design industry to improve the quality of healthcare facilities and create new environments for healthy aging. CHD’s mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education, and advocacy. For more information, visit

Harford Community College Opens 3,200-seat APG Federal Credit Union Arena

  • January 5, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new 3,200 seat arena at Harford Community College.  The $26.7 million athletic complex includes team locker rooms and a training suite. It will be used for a variety of sports and events, including basketball, volleyball, Harford County high school graduations, concerts, trade shows, and even the circus.  The project also included the renovation of the existing Susquehanna Center into a new fitness center, auxiliary gym, elderly-accessible swimming pool, dance studio, multi-purpose labs, classrooms, and locker rooms.

Morgan State University, CBEIS

Morgan State University’s New School of Architecture and Engineering Building Opens

  • September 21, 2012
  • HCM

Contemporary design of landmark facility at Morgan State provides a host of amenities and green elements and links urban and natural landscapes on campus in Baltimore City.

BALTIMORE– September 21, 2012 – The new Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) at Morgan State University opened its doors yesterday to great acclaim from students, staff and the community.  Hord Coplan Macht is the architect, in association with design architect The Freelon Group of Durham, NC, of the 126,000 sf, $67 million building.  The Center will house research and instructional programs in Architecture and Planning, Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies, and, Civil Engineering in a highly cooperative and collaborative setting.

“Hord Coplan Macht was honored to play a lead role in the creation of this important new component on the Morgan State Campus,” said Tom Spies, Principal-in-Charge from Hord Coplan Macht. “It was inspiring for our team to provide space for students learning about subjects we are all knowledgeable and passionate about. We are confident CBEIS will serve as an incubator for new ideas and an inspiring environment for the next generation of leaders in architecture and engineering.”

Planned as a landmark building to house one of only two Schools of Architecture in the State, CBEIS (pronounced see-bis) is located at the north end of the University, and is designed to interact with and provide a link between two very different environments: the urban context along Perring Parkway and the natural landscape of the Herring Run Watershed.  A contemporary, light-weight, exterior metal skin appropriately complements this building for design and engineering disciplines. The project includes an architecturally compatible 396-car parking structure to minimize the need for students to park in the adjacent residential neighborhood.  The building also houses a state-of-the art earthquake simulator, one of only two of its kind on the East Coast.

The building’s form is defined by two, three-story bars; one containing classrooms and labs, the other offices. The two bars are connected by a sky-lit atrium which runs the entire length of the building, creating an internal “street” where students and faculty can gather and learn outside the classroom. The “street” features: lounges, an information kiosk, departmental “store fronts,” access to academic studio spaces, and a gallery space for display of student work.

As a school of design, CBEIS demonstrates the University’s commitment to sustainability. Extensive day-lighting studies were conducted resulting in all regularly occupied spaces being naturally illuminated during the day. The project is planned to receive LEED Gold Certification. Photovoltaic cells on the roof and in the curtainwall, a greywater and rainwater harvesting system in the lower level, and highly efficient heating and cooling systems are only a few of the sustainable features.

Hord Coplan Macht Announces Promotions

  • June 28, 2012
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that the following team members have been promoted:

To Senior Associate:

Matthew DeWolfe, AIA, LEED AP

Jeff Hagan, AIA


To Associate:

Phyllis Biagi

Wei-Chung Chang, AIA, LEED AP+

Matthew Fitzsimmons, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Scott Geczi, AIA

Om Khurjekar, ASLA, LEED AP+

David Lopez, AIA, LEED AP

Toygun Mar, AIA, LEED AP

Leah Wettstein, CID, IIDA


“Talented and strong personnel are the backbone of excellent design,” said Hord Coplan Macht CEO Lee Coplan, AIA. “Professional development is a core focus in our firm and we believe that investing in our team members helps us to continue providing the highest level of service and care to our clients.”

Rick Abbott

Healthcare Design and Operations Executive Richard S. Abbott, AIA NCARB Joins Hord Coplan Macht Healthcare Team

  • June 8, 2012
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht, a leading multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Abbott, AIA, NCARB, as a principal in its healthcare studio. Mr. Abbott brings more than three decades of national and international high-level healthcare planning, design and operations experience to the firm and will play a key role in expanding its presence regionally and nationally.

Mr. Abbott has been instrumental in developing new facilities for many major healthcare institutions.  His project portfolio includes work for:

  • Yale Medical Group / Yale School of Medicine
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell and Columbia campuses
  • King Hussein Medical City in Jordan
  • Franklin Square Hospital Center
  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Medical Center


 “The depth of Richard Abbott’s experience gives him a thorough understanding of, and an innovative approach to, the unique and ever-changing needs of the healthcare industry,” said Hord Coplan Macht CEO Lee Coplan. “Adding him to our team provides a tremendous asset to our healthcare practice and will allow us to facilitate our plans for strategic, managed growth on a regional, national and international level.”

Mr. Abbott’s national and international experience lends itself to such growth. He has an extensive history of developing business in new markets and cultivating key strategic relationships internationally.

 Prior to joining Hord Coplan Macht, Mr. Abbott was a vice president and healthcare principal with HDR Architecture in Alexandria, Va. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, and received a Master of Architecture degree from Pennsylvania State University.  A registered architect in Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina, he has received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects for his work on the King Hussein Medical Center and an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for his work on St. Mary’s Health System in Knoxville, Texas.

Hord Coplan Macht Project Honored for Excellence in Landscape Architecture

  • April 30, 2012
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that it’s Woodvalley Residence project has won an Honor Award in the 19th Annual Professional Awards Program by the American Society of Landscape Architects Maryland and Potomac Chapters. 

The Woodvalley Residence is a new residence and garden located in a 1960’s suburb of Baltimore County, MD.  Hord Coplan Macht, as landscape architect, created upper level garden spaces on the north side of the home, and, to make the best use of the sloping rear yard, the team designed a series of terraces on the south. The contemporary design language of architecture and landscape are tightly integrated through a clear minimalist approach and shared use of stone and wood materials in the interior and exterior spaces. Planting is arranged in simple, formal and informal patterns as an overlay to the structure of the site’s organization. The plant palette consists predominantly of natives and provides habitat for butterflies, birds, and pollinators. 


Children's Hospital at Sinai, LifeBridge Health designed by Hord

Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai Opens

  • March 21, 2012
  • HCM


The new Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai opens its doors to patients this week. Designed by Hord Coplan Macht, the $29.5 million, 57,200 sf facility features 26 private rooms that support Sinai Hospital’s philosophy of family-centered care.

“I am proud to have such a modern, beautiful space that gives us enhanced patient care capabilities for our children and young adults,” said Sinai Hospital President and Chief Operating Officer Neil M. Meltzer. “This project would not have been possible without the strong design acumen and aesthetic of the Hord Coplan Macht team.”

The design creates a new and distinct physical presence for Sinai’s pediatric center of excellence.   It frames the campus and provides a new lobby which serves the new Samuelson Children’s Hospital and the Blaustein Women’s Health Center, as well as the Labor and Delivery Department.

The full continuum of care in this single inpatient unit includes medical surgery (med/surg), oncology specialty care, and universal inpatient rooms which can provide intensive care. The next phase of the project will add an adjoining outpatient children’s diagnostic unit.

With the input of families and staff, the unit is designed to keep children comfortable and entertained.  Large expanses of glass bring natural light into both patient rooms and central areas. Medical equipment and technology has been integrated into the patient rooms to be unobtrusive to the child. Using bold color as a guide for orientation and accent, the unit maintains a playful feel with oversized room numbers and custom-designed, extra large elevator buttons.  The space is defined by clean lines that accent the artwork and focus the patient experience on the joyful elements. The nursing stations, located at both ends of a central core to provide faster response times to patients, glow and change color, creating visual interest at the scale of the child.

Family Centered Care (FCC), the core concept this expansion is based upon, recognizes that family is the constant in a child’s life and that integrating family into patient care improves medical outcomes. Patient rooms are designed to create distinct zones for caregivers, patients, and family.  They have ample space for the movement of wheelchairs, beds, and equipment while also providing a lounge and sleep space for parents who stay with their children overnight throughout their stay.


HCM’s Brightview South River Earns LEED Gold

  • March 9, 2012
  • HCM

We are pleased to announce that our new, $8.3 million senior living facility in Anne Arundel County has achieved LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  The 90-unit complex, developed by the Shelter Development Group, includes sustainable design elements such as a green roof, electric car charging stations, native landscaping, purchase of green energy, and use of recycled content building materials.  The community comprises 64 assisted living units and a 26-unit Alzheimer’s wing with secure outdoor spaces and dining.

Hord Coplan Macht Adds Principal to Leadership Team

  • March 1, 2012
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that a new Principal has been added to their expanding Northern Virginia regional Office.  Joe Schneider, AIA, brings 20 years of mixed-use design experience to HCM’s multi-family studio, where he will focus on mid- and high-rise urban developments. 

Joe Schneider

Schneider holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his portfolio includes a broad range of projects in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC markets.  Working from HCM’s new Alexandria, VA office, he will spearhead the multi-family studio’s continued growth in the DC area.  Schneider was most recently employed by Niles Bolton Associates. 

Jim Determan

Jim Determan Named AIA Fellow

  • February 23, 2012
  • HCM

HCM is pleased to announce that Jim Determan has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.  Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Jim has passionately served the profession as an award-winning designer and advocate for education facilities for more than 25 years.  His dedication to design that enhances education for students and faculty alike has improved learning environments throughout the country.