We’ve been fortunate to design and deliver projects in urban contexts from Washington, DC, to Detroit, concentrating not just on the projects themselves, but on the larger picture: Who is making things happen? How can projects be realized? And most importantly, how can we help revive this neighborhood for the next generation and beyond? In Baltimore, our friends at Cho Benn Holback + Associates have followed a similar path. One of the Mid-Atlantic region’s top design firms, with expertise in cultural, civic, residential, and educational projects, Cho Benn Holback has consistently designed uplifting, transformative projects that help renew neighborhoods and rebuild economies. The hallmark of this pioneering firm, acclaimed for its insightful and collaborative approach, is the exceptional caliber of design showcased in the dozens of complex renovations and signature new buildings completed since its founding in 1979. Cho Benn Holback has received more than 200 awards, including eight Grand Design awards from AIA-Baltimore and five Public Building of the Year awards from AIA-Maryland.
Today, I am pleased to announce that Cho Benn Holback will become part of Quinn Evans Architects, as of May 1. This exciting acquisition represents a strong step forward for all of our professionals, creating new opportunities with combined resources, expertise, and geographic reach. The firm will operate under the name Cho Benn Holback, a Quinn Evans Company, and management and staff will remain in place at the firm’s N. Charles Street location in Baltimore. This 30-person office will become Quinn Evans Architects’ fifth location, creating a total staff complement of more than 140. I have long admired Cho Benn Holback’s visionary founders—Diane Cho, David Benn, and George Holback—along with the firm’s outstanding second generation principals: Mark Nook, Brian Oster, Anath Ranon, and Brandon Schultz. I believe that our combined staff represents the gold standard in the architecture, planning, interior design, and preservation fields. In many ways, our studio cultures, portfolios, skills, and aspirations as designers are closely aligned, along with the high value we place on our client relationships. We see many new opportunities ahead to serve our clients with fresh energy, resourceful talent, diverse expertise, and clear purpose. I look forward to sharing more about our team and our work together in the months to come. Sincerely,
LARRY BARR, AIA PRESIDENT Quinn Evans Architects