This year marks the 50th anniversary of our school’s beginnings at the University of Maryland. What started as a home for would-be architects has morphed over the years to include planners, preservationists, real estate developers, educators, artists, leaders and even a mayor. From our start as the School of Architecture, we grew to become the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. We are immensely proud of the achievements of our alumni, so this anniversary is as much about your accomplishments and path as it is about ours.
Sixteen capstone students completed their spring semester projects, the students were divided into two separate groups and presented to a panel of industry experts for the Colvin first place prize of $1,000!
Some of the best ideas are born from the singular question, “What if?” These two words are a definitive part of Ethan Bindernagel’s lexicon and emulate the spirit of his adopted home state—California—where innovation and risk narrate its history, and where careful planning will forge its future. For the past 10 years, Ethan has worked for the City of Walnut Creek, a community located about 25 miles east of San Francisco; first as a planner and, most recently, as the city’s economic development manager.
The first course Marcus Ervin took in real estate development, he nearly failed. An undergraduate architecture student at Morgan State University, Marcus took the course in hopes of parlaying the knowledge into a side job in the industry to earn some additional income. It was more than he expected. “The course was constructed like ‘The Apprentice’ and we were tasked with redeveloping a blighted neighborhood in east Baltimore,” Marcus, recalls laughing, “I knew nothing about project financing and had limited experience with Excel.