Brickbauer joins with Ziger/Snead

January 22, 1995|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Sun Staff Writer

The architectural firm of Ziger/Snead Inc., which was named one of the "emerging design talents" of the 1990s by Architecture magazine, has joined with Charles Brickbauer, a former partner of Peterson & Brickbauer and one of the most respected architects in Baltimore.

Peterson and Brickbauer was dissolved after nearly 30 years of operation.

Partner Warren Peterson has established his own practice, specializing in residential and commercial design.

Partners Steven Ziger and James Snead said they will continue to operate their 10-year-old firm on Designer's Row in Mount Vernon and will create a separate entity, most likely called Ziger/Snead and Charles Brickbauer, to pursue specific commissions.

They also have hired Hugh McCormick, a project architect with Peterson and Brickbauer.

The last major Peterson and Brickbauer project is the $5.8 million Morton K. Blaustein City Life Exhibition Center now rising on Museum Row.

Mr. Brickbauer and Mr. McCormick will continue to oversee its construction in affiliation with Ziger/Snead.

Educated at Yale University and the American Academy in Rome, Mr. Brickbauer brings to Ziger/Snead more than 30 years of experience in large-scale commercial, institutional and transportation-related design.

His projects with Mr. Peterson include the Bankers Trust Plaza in New York City, the Mercantile Bank and Trust Building in Charles Center, the former Blue Cross headquarters in Towson, the Baltimore Washington International Airport terminal completed in 1979, and the F & G Life Insurance headquarters in Mount Washington.

In all, Peterson and Brickbauer designed more than 3 million square feet of buildings in the United States.

Ziger/Snead's work includes the Head Theater at Center Stage, the Trahan Burden and Charles headquarters on Charles Street, a $7.7 million addition to the Johns Hopkins University's School of Hygiene and Public Health, and Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church.

It is currently the master planner for the Maryland Institute College of Art and designer for the Alumni House at Boys' Latin School.

Mr. Ziger said he has admired Mr. Brickbauer's work for many years and began to explore the idea of joining forces with him after he learned that Peterson and Brickbauer was closing.

"When I first moved to Baltimore in 1977, I looked around the city and every building I liked was a Peterson and Brickbauer building," he said.

"We're at a point of development in our firm that we're ready to take on larger projects," and Mr. Brickbauer's experience will be valuable, he said.

"We practice very much the same way."

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