IN THIS ISSUE:
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Stanley J. Botts, Commissioner
Harry Loleas, Deputy Commissioner
Daniel Parr, Executive Director
Pamela Edwards, Assistant Executive Director
Shannon Davis, Outreach Coordinator & By Design Editor
YOUR BOARD MEMBERS
State Board of Architects
Stephen L. Parker, Architect, Montgomery County
Gary A. Bowden, Architect, Baltimore City
R. Glen Stephens, Architect, Howard County
Paul R. Edmeades, Architect, Harford County
Gary Ey, Consumer Member, Harford County
Vacant, Consumer Member
Terry White, Executive Secretary
State Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
Michael Fisher, Chair, Landscape Architect, Harford County
Ralph E. Reisler, Consumer Member, Cecil County
Lisa Keir, Consumer Member, Baltimore County
Jeanette Stern-Tansey, Landscape Architect, Baltimore
Christopher Schein, Landscape Architect, Anne Arundel County
Mrs. Deborah Evans, Executive Secretary
State Board for Professional Land Surveyors
Charles Maloy Ed.D, Chair, Consumer Member, Baltimore County
Daniel P. Lavelle, Land Surveyor, Frederick County
Joan G. Dunne, Consumer Member, Baltimore County
John V. Mettee, III, Land Surveyor, Harford County
Thomas M. Orisich, Land Surveyor, Baltimore County
Donald J. Ocker, Property Line Surveyor, St. Mary's County
Mrs. Deborah Evans, Executive Secretary
State Board for Professional Engineers
Howard (Skip) Harclerode, P.E., Chair, Chemical Engineer Member, Baltimore County
Steven A. Arndt, P.E., Vice Chair, Mechanical Engineer Member, Montgomery County
Eugene C. Harvey, P.E., Civil Engineer Member, Anne Arundel County
Pastor Farinas, P.E., Electrical Engineer Member, Montgomery County
Sandra J. Murphy, Consumer Member, Prince George's County
Sallye E. Perrin, P.E., Civil Engineer Member, Baltimore City
Rosalind L. Yee, Consumer Member, Anne Arundel County
Dorothy Matricciani, Executive Secretary
State Board for Certified Interior Designers
Diane Gordy, Chair, Certified Interior Designer, Montgomery County
Teri Bennett, Certified Interior Designer, Baltimore
H. Christine Pirrung, Consumer Member, Anne Arundel County
Barbara Portnoy, Certified Interior Designer, Baltimore County
Carla K. Viar, Certified Interior Designer, Washington County
David Watts, Architect, Baltimore County
Karen Zopf, Certified Interior Designer, Baltimore County
Janis Daniels, Executive Secretary
Pamela J. Edwards, Acting Executive Director
We’re pleased to bring you the newest issue of By Design, the Professional Design Boards’ quarterly e-newsletter. We’ve been busy during our hiatus, and we have a lot to catch up on. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Shannon Davis, our new Outreach Coordinator and editor of By Design. In this issue, we welcome new Board members and thank retiring ones for their dedication. Several regulatory changes have taken effect, so it’s in your best interest to apprise yourself of them. We also mark the passing of two well-known members of our Boards, and remember their years of tireless service. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’d like to see in future issues—you’re sure to find something interesting in By Design.
We are pleased to welcome industry members Charlie Adams, Christopher Schein and Jeanette Stern-Tansey and consumer member Lisa Keir to the Board. We also bid farewell to Chairman Michael Fisher as well as consumer member Ralph Reisler and industry member Liling Tien, thanking them for their years of dedicated service.
Charlie Adams is recently retired from his role as Director of the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Office of Environmental Design. During his tenure, he directed programs in wetland management; landscape architectural design; reforestation; community and gateway landscaping; and noise abatement, among many others. He was instrumental in developing state recreational trail and scenic byways programs as well as the Watershed Enhancement Initiative, which strives to restore 250 acres of wetlands and five miles of streams by 2010. Throughout his long career with the Highway Administration, Mr. Adams also served as Chief of the Landscape Architecture Division and held several positions with the MSHA’s Bureau of Landscape Architecture. Recent accolades include the ASLA Maryland Chapter’s Merit Award for his work on the Scenic Byways Program and the Governor’s Citation for Leadership on the Wetlands Restoration Steering Committee. In 2006, he was invested as an ASLA Fellow.
Lisa Keir is the Director of Development and Communications for the Maryland Humanities Council, where she sustains relations among various government agencies, corporations, and nonprofits as well as supervises annual giving and public relations/marketing efforts. She has previously worked on special projects for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and served as Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Cultural District. As founder of Lisa S. Keir Associates, she managed projects for various nonprofit organizations, including the renewal of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement (for which she authored the final report to Congress). Ms. Keir’s other affiliations have included the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks and Landscapes, Valleys Planning Council, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
As a principal and partner of Hord Coplan Macht, Christopher Schein has over 25 years of landscape architecture and land planning experience. Mr. Schein is currently leading an interdisciplinary design team working with the National Park Service on the DC War Memorial restoration on the National Mall in Washington DC. Campus projects include Washington College, Loyola College in Maryland, the University of Virginia, St. Mary’s College and the United States Naval Academy. He has also designed landscapes at the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Treasury, the Pennsylvania State Capitol, and West Shore Park in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. His accomplishments have been recognized by two ASLA Honor Awards and several Merit Awards from the Maryland and Potomac Chapters. Mr. Schein previously served as President of the Maryland Chapter of ASLA.
Jeanette Stern-Tansey is the Chief of Capital Planning and Development for the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, where her team has been involved in overseeing the planning and execution of hundreds of park development projects. She has managed numerous award-winning projects, including the design and development of Meadowood, Reisterstown and Northwest Regional Parks, Overlook Park, Marshy Point Park and Nature Center, Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum as well as extensive improvements to County athletic fields, courts and playgrounds. Ms. Stern-Tansey currently serves as President of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association and is a member of the Maryland Association of Counties, the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Sports Turf Managers Association. In her free time, she is an avid golfer.
The Board extends a warm welcome to consumer member H. Christine Pirrung and industry members Barbara Portnoy and Karen Zopf.
H. Christine Pirrung is the owner of Christie Pirrung Stationery & Gifts in Annapolis, where she has lived since 2000. Beginning in 1994, she has also worked as a wedding coordinator in Maryland, Virginia, D.C., and Winter Park, FL. She has extensive stationery, management, and fundraising experience; she has also been involved with the Junior Leagues of St. Louis, Talllahassee, Greater Orlando and Annapolis. Ms. Pirrung was a member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors, Christchurch School’s (Urbana, VA) Parent’s Council, All Saints Episcopal Church’s (Winter Park, FL) Wedding Guild and Flower Guild, and currently, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (Annapolis) Altar Guild.
Barbara Portnoy, CID, IIDA, LEED AP is the founding partner of PLDA Inc., a Baltimore-based interior design/interior architecture firm with a decade of experience in the development of design strategies for businesses and institutions. PLDA’s professional practice is targeted towards corporate, education and healthcare projects; the most recently completed include the 120,000 SF headquarters for KCI in Sparks, MD and the new Campus Center for the University of Maryland’s professional schools in downtown Baltimore. In 2007, Ms. Portnoy received Maryland's Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award and in 2008 she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. She is a past president of the Maryland chapter of IBD (currently IIDA), a trustee for the Contemporary Museum and chair of Grantee Connect for the Baltimore Community Foundation’s women’s giving circle.
Karen Zopf brings to the Board over 30 years of experience in interior design and project management. Since 2006, she has been the Assistant Director of Interior Design for Erickson Retirement Communities, where she manages two million square feet of campus-style, mixed-used projects (multi-family housing, skilled nursing and hospitality spaces). Previously, she has taught interior design courses at Anne Arundel Community College and, during her tenure with Hyde, Inc., she specialized in management of healthcare and corporate projects. Several highlights of her career include designing a line of carpeting for Masland and serving as an international consultant on renovations to Cairo’s Dar Al Fouad Hospital. She has been published for her work on the North Bay Environmental Camp and renovations at Holy Cross Hospital. In her free time, Ms. Zopf enjoys cinema, traveling, and gardening.
To Sign or Not to Sign?
Mentorship Program Launches
The Portfolio Building Program allows an applicant to establish a file with the DLLR for the purpose of compiling credentials as they are acquired. This way, an applicant does not have to wait until formally applying for the exam to try and accumulate Reports of Professional Experience (RPEs) from each past employer. He or she may simply submit a copy of each RPE to his or her portfolio as it is granted. By the time he or she applies for the exam, the portfolio is complete and ready for review. For more information on the Mentoring and Portfolio Building Programs, email email@example.com or visit the Maryland Society of Surveyors website.
Ethics CPC Requirement
Welcome, New Christie Society Members!
How Green is Your CEU?
“[T]he design process that utilizes an integrated approach aimed at:
Your green design course must be approved by both IDCEC and the U.S. Green Building Council. This is a hot topic in the CID world, and the growing popularity of sustainable design practices is exciting. Click here for a list of approved CEU courses.
The Board has also voted to accept CEU approved by IDCEC, with the view that such courses will satisfy the Board’s requirements. Rest assured that if the course you’re taking is either offered or sponsored by IDCEC, it will count towards your CEU.
The Board for Professional Engineers, the Board of Architects and the Board for Professional Land Surveyors have each adopted regulations that would require a licensee to respond in writing to a written communication from his or her respective Board. A licensee has 20 days in which to respond to the Board or else face the possibility of being in violation of the Board’s laws and regulations.
Click on the respective link below to read the text of the regulations:
The Joint Chairs have been meeting on a regular basis to discuss issues of common interest and concern. Topics covered have ranged from discussion of the Boards’ budgets and the possibility of outsourcing the administration of licensing exams to the consideration of common legislative initiatives. If you have a concern, feel free to share it with your Board Chair.
Donald Burns Ratcliffe
Frederick Yates Ward
The Professional Design Boards extend their sympathies to the families and friends of Mr. Ratcliffe and Mr. Ward. Their professions have been immeasurably enriched by their contributions.