BCT @ 50 by MJ Dame

At BCT Architects, we are super excited to celebrating our 50th Anniversary. When Fred Craig and Roger Brown left the Rouse Company in 1969 to form this practice, they brought innovative ideas with them about the future of cities and towns. Although we still like to think like a “Start – Up”, our experience really does provide a perspective that gives us an advantage.

Our focus on the end-user in commercial and leisure environments has found its calling in today’s world of blended social, living, and work activities. We believe the built environment truly can shape our lives and therefore we strive to “blur the lines” between various activities, indoors and out; to encourage a sustainable mix of live, work, and play. This attitude has allowed us to move into the world of housing with a fresh and unique perspective. We look forward to the next 50 years, and promoting people places, as we continue to draw crowds.

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The new face of Senior Living! by MJ Dame

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Our goal focused on breaking the mold of current assisted living facilities with inspiring, warm, modern architecture that promotes hospitality rather than institutional health care. Contemporary design, natural materials, and clean finishes enhance the experience of its Assisted Living and Memory Care residents and their visitors a comfortable and engaging setting – both indoors and outdoors. The wide array of social spaces includes a whiskey bar, club room, salon, PT/fitness, a flexible dining and lounge area, movie theater, activity room, library, and multi-purpose room. Contemporary design, natural materials, and clean finishes enhance the experience of both residents and visitors. This is a place that someone can be proud to call home!


ULI DC Trends Conference Recap by MJ Dame

On Tuesday, April 30th, over 600 real estate professionals convened at the Ronald Reagan Building for ULI Washington's 22nd Annual Washington Real Estate Trends Conference. The conference, themed, “Urban Innovation: Expanding Possibilities” was jam-packed with high-quality content and speakers, including Janet Meyer, one of our principals and leader of our firm’s senior housing studio, who moderated the panel discussion “Silver Generation: Changing Housing Product Opportunities for our Aging Population.” Janet was joined on stage by Michael Hartman, Principal of Active Living, Capitol Seniors Housing; Philip Kroskin, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Sunrise Senior Living; Jaana Remes, Economist and Partner, McKinsey Global Institute; Gwen Wright, Planning Director, Montgomery County Planning Department.

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AIA Baltimore Chef Night by Brennan Murray

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This past Tuesday, we came, we tasted, and we had a blast. Although we didn’t place this year many enjoyed our "Blue Crab with a Twist". This appetizing event included a sampling of architect-made culinary creations and a live cooking demonstration by professional chefs, Kevin Miller – Copper Kitchen, Sergio Vitale – Aldo’s, and Zack Mills – True Chesapeake Oyster House. All proceeds from the event were donated multiple charitable funds such as AIA Baltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation scholarship programs for students of architecture at Morgan State University and Maryland community colleges and universities. Proceeds also supported Future Architects Resources/Kids in Design programs for underserved middle and high school students to encourage career opportunities in architecture, design, and construction. A great cause and a delectable night.

Thank you to our all our BCT participants Carrie Rushing, Skyler Roberts, Maria Garcia, and our very own AIA Baltimore ‘Emerging Professional Co-Chair & AIA Director’ Jonathan Cartwright.

A special thanks to our host for the night, AIA BaltimoreThe Baltimore Architecture Foundation, and B-More Kitchen.

New Talent to the BCT Team by MJ Dame

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left to right: Maria J. Garcia Environmental Graphic Designer, Ryan Janes Architectural Designer, Adam Chisholm Architectural Designer

This month, BCT Architects welcomes Maria J. Garcia to our Graphics Studio and welcomes back Ryan Janes and Adam Chisholm to our Architecture Studio.

Ryan Janes re-joins our team as Associate. Ryan has combined leadership, planning, and design skills for a wide range of mixed use, retail, hospitality, and residential projects in the US and internationally. Ryan’s unique design style utilizes the latest and greatest architectural software to provide our team with a modern approach to 3D design, planning, and presentation.

Adam Chisholm also re-joins our team as Associate. He has amassed a diverse and respected portfolio of award-winning work and has a great collaborative spirit while coordinating multiple roles. He has worked on mixed use, retail, and residential projects around the world implementing new and sustainable design ideas. His pursuit of the latest architectural software has expanded our firm’s capacity to communicate our ideas and provide impressive, well-coordinated architectural presentations.

Maria J. Garcia joins our team as an Environmental Graphic Designer. Skilled in a wide array of graphic services – brand development, wayfinding, event design, print and digital media – Maria enhances our graphics team’s capacity to deliver a powerful complimentary design service for our commercial, residential, hospitality and office projects. Maria’s design expertise is equally matched in her practical production experience and her passion for great design.

“We are very excited to welcome Maria, Ryan and Adam to our talented team of designers, architects, and planners,” says BCT Chairman and CEO, Bryce Turner. “It is our highest aspiration to continue to attract top talent and deliver award-winning solutions to our clients.”

Model Studio Services by MJ Dame

We feel that it is important for your vision to be realized, whether it has been planned and designed by BCT or not. Our highly skilled team of experienced model designers has the remarkable ability to turn a modest plan into a tactile, three dimensional showpiece. While BCT’s in-house industrial-sized laser results in straight lines and precise cuts, it is the handcrafting of our model makers that creates each unique work. From simple foam and board models to minutely detailed, complex, illuminated models with screens playing BCT-produced multimedia videos, we do it all.


Elaborate master plan models allow you to instantly share your idea with the world; the site, all buildings, amenities and scaled entourage are composed with precision. Less elaborate massing models are perfect for diagrammatic purposes while still providing an efficient and effective three-dimensional exhibit.

Physical models have proven to be the best communication tool in leasing, investment and municipality approval efforts. Allow a physical model of your project to assist you in reaching your goals.

Promotions! by MJ Dame




Senior Associate

BCT Architects has promoted Susanne Kalnajs to Associate and Brian J. Hearn to Senior Associate.

Susanne joined BCT in 2016, became a licensed architect in 2018 and has been an asset to both the housing and commercial studios. Involved in both ground-up and renovation projects, she focuses on contextualism and the details involved in seamlessly connecting the building to the surrounding community. Susanne is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and just completed the Partnership Forum’s Mentorship Program. Recent projects include the House of Ruth headquarters in Baltimore, Summit Vista senior housing in Utah, and the adaptive re-use, 2 Hopkins Plaza, in Baltimore’s Central Business District.

Brian, who joined BCT in 2014 and is a licensed architect, brings expertise in retail, hospitality and multifamily, having worked on numerous large-scale international, mixed-use projects. With an exacting attention to detail, Brian specializes in design development and construction documents, often overseeing large teams of consultants. Recent projects include King of Prussia Town Center, The Shops at Ellis Preserve, both in Pennsylvania, The Avenue at White Marsh, White Marsh, Maryland and the ICSC award-winning, Fairfax Corner in Virginia.