Designing Experiences for Seniors by MJ Dame

 Our expertise in the retail and food + beverage industry is an asset to the of our senior communities.

Our expertise in the retail and food + beverage industry is an asset to the of our senior communities.

BCT understands that good design has a measurable impact on experiences. Places that are authentic, unique, beautiful, and comfortable, foster the best experiences. With 20+ plus years working in the senior housing arena, (and even more working with Boomers and placemaking) and a comprehensive knowledge of all care requirements, BCT plans and designs memorable multi-generational communities.

Design Trends: The Woonerf by MJ Dame

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Woonerf (pronounced VONE-erf; and roughly translated as “living streets”) is the Dutch term for a special kind of street (or group of streets) that functions as shared public space — for pedestrians, cyclists, children and, in some cases, slow-moving, cautiously driven cars as well. It is intended to function without traffic lights, stop signs, lane dividers or even sidewalks. Indeed, the whole point is to encourage human interaction, and those who use the space are forced to be aware of both others and the environment around them (i.e. – making eye contact and engaging in person-to-person interactions). People have recognized that many residential streets are unattractive to live on, as well as unsafe for children to play in, because they are designed for little more than motor vehicle access and parking. Along with “complete streets”, urban design is trending towards these types of considerations to make the pedestrian environment more welcoming. In the appropriate location, these are great places for artisans, co-working, retail and food!

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Some common design elements include: shared and paved space that is intended for all street users; use of physical barriers, like curves, to maintain slow vehicular speeds; accommodation of landscaping and street furniture. At BCT we see opportunities to study incorporation of programmatic elements like retail, residential dwellings, creative / artisan uses, and public/private open spaces so as to make these types of urban design elements more engaging for both users and visitors alike.

BCT announces new interiors studio director by MJ Dame

  LAUREN REISER  Studio Director, Interiors  laurenr@bctarchitects.com   

LAUREN REISER
Studio Director, Interiors
laurenr@bctarchitects.com  

BCT, the US-based architecture, planning, design and graphics firm, announces new leadership of their Interior Design Studio. Lauren Reiser, a graduate of Eastern Carolina University and a LEED Accredited Professional with 14 years of experience, joined the firm August 6. BCT’s interior design studio is known for its creativity and focus on the end user’s experience. The studio’s collaborative efforts with architects, both within and outside of BCT, and their clients, create high-quality, custom-tailored interior spaces for living, working and playing.

“We are very excited to have Lauren join the Interiors Studio,” Bob Gehrman, Senior Principal, said. “She brings an extensive portfolio working with corporate, multi-family, senior and assisted living, hospitality, restaurant, and retail clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Her experience in workplace design is especially important to our future growth. Lauren will play a leadership role with the goal of expanding the studio and offering greater services to our clients.”

Prior to joining BCT, Lauren served clients throughout the region including COPT, BGE and JLL. She has also had the opportunity to provide design services for Exelon and several Erickson Living communities throughout the US.

BCT announces new graphics studio director by MJ Dame

  BRENNAN MURRAY  Studio Director, Graphics  brennanm@bctarchitects.com   

BRENNAN MURRAY
Studio Director, Graphics
brennanm@bctarchitects.com  

BCT, the US-based architecture, planning and design firm, announces Brennan Murray as the Studio Director of Graphics.

“Graphics has been a core service in our firm since our founding nearly 50 years ago, and we are excited to build on that history by welcoming Brennan back to our family, after several years away working in the DC market,” Bob Northfield, Senior Director of Architecture + Design said. “In addition to creating comprehensive environmental graphics packages for our architectural projects, Brennan’s creative skills will enhance our offering with developers, other design firms and real estate consulting firms around the globe.”

Throughout his career, Brennan has produced graphic design solutions for a variety of projects, from mixed-use town centers to large-scale, international planning projects. “His approach to design thinking is both collaborative and in-depth,” according to Northfield, “and it reflects an extensive knowledge of marketable place making solutions within mixed-use environments.”

With a strong background in identity + branding, print, exhibit, environmental signage + graphics and place making, Brennan has experience in mixed-use, retail, entertainment, hospitality, residential, and waterfront developments at any scale. Specific projects include: The Collection in Chevy Chase, Maryland; Stonebridge in Woodbridge, Virginia; Westfield Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida; Bahçeşehir Park and Mall of Istanbul in Turkey; and Airia Mall in Gurgaon, India.

Designing the Waterfront! by MJ Dame

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Our waterfront experience crosses the spectrum – from single-family custom-designed houses in Florida, to an exclusive resort on Kuta Bay in Bali, to waterfront redevelopment on Wardie Bay in Edinburgh, Scotland, and of course, the design of several waterfront mixed-use developments around our inner harbor in Baltimore. The diversity of projects, both in region and in magnitude, has given us the unique opportunity to provide developers with creative designs that are both distinctive and efficient functionally. We are not a “formula-driven” firm – rather, we strive to create designs that re-think and re-shape the old rules into innovative and bold works that are at the cutting edge of design. It is this perspective, that every project presents a fresh challenge – a new possibility – to re-shape the way we experience architecture, that is the foundation of our award-winning success.

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