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Trailblazing Architect: Kathleen Sherrill (Virtual Talk)

March 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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To cap off Women’s History Month, we are highlighting trailblazers who rose to leadership in the community and the profession.

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 featuring Kathleen P. S. Sherrill, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP, the first (and only) African American to serve as president of AIA Baltimore in 2012 and AIA Maryland in 2016. Kathleen founded the AIA Baltimore’s Women in Architecture Committee in 2012 (now EQUITY Committee) who are co-hosting this event.

Kathleen will highlight her work along the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor, Maryland’s only designated Black Arts and Entertainment District, as well as touch on several other projects in different areas of Baltimore, including Edmondson Village, Hampden, Upton and Reservoir Hill. In highlighting these projects, she will call on the needed leadership development of the professional community. She firmly believes that architects should challenge themselves to play a key role in improving and supporting Baltimore’s underserved neighborhoods. Guiding communities to invest in themselves and the next generation through ownership. Raising awareness of what a community can become through revitalization, not gentrification. Helping residents discover “pride of place” in where they identified as home. It’s critical to the survival of these communities and our city.

Kathleen founded her firm of SP Arch Inc. in 2005 with former partner Mahendra Parekh (who retired in 2008). It offers a broad array of planning, architectural design, and landscape architecture services. 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.

Introducing Kathleen Sherrill is Jillian Storms, AIA, who co-chaired the Women in Architecture Committee with her and went on to lead 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 achievements in the design profession.


This program is hosted on Zoom. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

Virtual Histories are back in 2021! The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this. This presentation is also co-hosted by the AIA Baltimore EQUITY Committee and the Maryland Chapter of ASLA.


March 26, 2021
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
By Donation
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