Trailblazing Architects: Barbara Wilks & Kathleen Sherrill
Friday, March 26 • 1-1:30pm
presented by AIA Baltimore
To cap off Women’s History Month, we are highlighting two trailblazers who rose to leadership in the community and the profession.
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As part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), we are hosting conversations with trailblazing architects in Baltimore, discussing their impact on the profession and our communities. To cap off Women’s History Month, we are highlighting two trailblazers who rose to leadership in the community and the profession who will touch on some of their interesting projects in Baltimore.
Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the highest honor in those professions. Attracted by the city’s efforts at renewal in the mid-seventies, Barbara started her architecture career in Baltimore and was one of the founders of Cho, Wilks & Benn Architects. During her tenure, she directed such noteworthy projects as Brown’s Arcade, Canton Cove, Tide Point, and the Eubie Blake Jazz Museum, among many others. She rose to become the first female president of the Baltimore AIA Chapter, serving for two years from 1983-1984. She moved to New York in 1999 to found W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, a design-oriented, multidisciplinary practice focused on urban issues. Her award-winning public waterfronts can be found in Calgary, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Buffalo, and New York. https://w-architecture.com
Kathleen P. S. Sherrill, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP, was the first African American female to serve as president of AIA Baltimore in 2012 and of AIA Maryland in 2016. She founded her firm of SP Arch Inc. in 2003 with former partner Mahendra Parekh (who retired in 2008). It offers a broad array of planning, architectural design, and landscape architecture services. One project she will touch on is the Historic Hampden Hall on the Avenue, constructed in 1882 as a meeting hall for Civil War veterans, and renovated into a mixed-use retail center with loft apartments. In 2011, Kathleen was awarded both Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises in the Mid-Atlantic Region and outstanding alumni by the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University (MSU). She has served as a guest lecturer at MSU and as an adjunct professor teaching Management, Practice, and Law. In 2017, Kathleen helped establish the local chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and served as its first president. She enjoys mentoring aspiring architects through her office and leadership roles. www.spa-corp.com
Moderating the conversation is Jillian Storms, AIA, who led the Early Women of Architecture in Maryland project, culminating in a traveling exhibit and extensive programming, for which she received BAF’s Roger Redden Award and Preservation Maryland’s Volunteer Award. She currently serves as co-chair of BAF’s research committee, the Dead Architects Society, and continues to highlight the stories of women’s contributions to the profession.