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AT WORK

March 23, 2005|By Stacey Hirsh

Eric Lowe

Architect,

Peter Fillat Architects, Baltimore

Age: 33

Years in business: 10

Average salary for Maryland architects: $62,780 in 2003, the most recent year for which figures are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How he started: "As a kid, I liked building stuff, building out of blocks. I built skyscrapers out of blocks and knocked them over."

Biggest project: Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis. Project involved restoring a 1918 hotel with nearly 1,000 rooms and adding new construction next to it.

The good: "When you've worked on something and done something creative, and you actually get to see it built ... and not having to wear a suit every day."

The bad: "When you invest a lot of time and effort into making a design and then it doesn't happen at all."

The hours: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., but later into the evening, or even all night, when there's a deadline to meet.

Most exciting local project: The hotel on Fells Point's landmark Recreation Pier, formerly the set for police headquarters in the TV crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street, "because it's so important to the city."

At home: He has been renovating his home in Mount Vernon, which was most recently an office. The renovation includes painting, taking down walls and refinishing doors.

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