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Paul Schilder
Rick McCallum
Brady Reeder
Kelli Hernandez
Cary Green
Bradley DiGuglia
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HOME VISION
About SPIRE
SPIRE Architecture FIRM Profile
Kurt Shepard, AIA
Craig Martin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Melanie Stern, AIA
Paul Schilder
Rick McCallum
Brady Reeder
Kelli Hernandez
Cary Green
Bradley DiGuglia
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SPIRE Architecture

 

 

121 Cathedral Street 

Suite 3b

Annapolis, MD 21401

 

www.spirearch.com

410.212.6790

 

 

SPIRE Architecture FIRM Profile

SPIRE Architecture was created in 2013 from the collaboration of the previous firms of the two partners.... 'KCS Studios' and 'the Martin Architecture Guild'... to create an Award-Winning full service Architecture firm for the Annapolis and greater Anne Arundel County area.  Both principals have spent time as adjunct faculty at Anne Arundel Community College, and enjoy sharing their experience and training with the next generation of Architects.

Named 'Best of Annapolis' three years in a row, SPIRE continues to serve a wide variety of design needs... designing accessory structures, residential renovations, new homes, waterfront projects in the Critical Area, municipal and community commercial projects, restaurants, and church additions and renovations.

SPIRE projects have been featured in Annapolis Home Magazine, in 'Home of the Week' features in the Capital, and in publications with the Annapolis Design District... and we would love to bring our team and our talent to help in the design, planning, and construction of your project.

 

Kurt Shepard, AIA

As a co-owner of Spire, Kurt is the driving force behind organization, construction methods, and documentation.  With nearly 30 years of experience, he has worked with several companies in the Architecture and Design-Build industries leading design teams, overseeing construction document preparation, and reviewing construction work on-site.  He has worked on more than 600 residential design projects ranging from small single room additions to multi-family neighborhoods and mixed-use residential buildings.  As a longtime resident of Anne Arundel County, he has extensive experience with the unique challenges of building on the waterfront and critical area properties that are common in the region.  He has personally renovated several homes.

As an adjunct professor at Anne Arundel Community College, he teaches the next generation to use the design and documentation software essential to the profession of Architecture.  His time at the college has led to chaperoning travel study to Greece where he and his students visited and studied the great works of the ancient world and how they informed the architecture of today.

Kurt is a devoted husband and father of three children.  He and his family spent their time together doing outdoors activities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking, and golfing.  He has made it a core value to have family be first in the lives of all Spire Architecture employees. 

 

Craig Martin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Craig serves as one of two Principals at SPIRE Architecture, typically working with coordinating client services, creating client proposals, and working through Schematic Design and Development with project teams.  He is a licensed Architect, American Institute of Architects (AIA) member, LEED Accredited Professional, and NCARB member.

Craig started his design studies at Annapolis Senior High in the Architectural program...  He continued his education at Virginia Tech graduating first in his program with a B.S. in Building Construction in 1994.  After teaching High School at Arundel Senior High in the TechEd program, he returned to complete more design education at Anne Arundel Community College, receiving an Associates Degree 2004, where his CapStone project in LEED Design principles with fellow student Bill Brust won first prize and is on display at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Annapolis.

Craig returned to Graduate School at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and graduated with his M.Arch degree in 2007, being awarded the Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit as the top Graduate Student, and a Thesis award for his Urban Design Thesis on the redesign of Old Town Baltimore.

Professionally, Craig has interned with Fourth Street Design Studio in Annapolis and with InFORMation Design in Catonsville.  He also interned at Marks Thomas + Associates during Graduate School, and joined Hord|Coplan|Macht in Baltimore after graduation. Craig also served as an Assistant Site Superintendent with HAMEL Builders in 2010-2012, and helped supervise the reconstruction of the multifamily housing projects of Annapolis Gardens and Bay Ridge Gardens.  He finished his licencing hours and Architecture exams in 2012, started the Martin Architecture Guild soon thereafter, and partnered with Kurt Shepard to start SPIRE Architecture in 2013.

Craig has taught at the Anne Arundel Community College in multiple Design Studio classes, and currently serves on the Eastport Civic Association's Architectural Review Committee in Annapolis.  He served on the Annapolis City Dock Action Committee during the redesign consulting process, and has co-led the award winning ArchiTREX Tour of downtown Architecture with Watermark/HistoricAnnapolis. He has travelled domestically and abroad, chaperoning a student trip to Switzerland, Italy, and France, and on Mission Trips to North Carolina, Haiti, Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Kenya, and Ghana... and hopes to continue international travel in the near future.  He lives with his family in Annapolis.

 

Melanie Stern, AIA

From the age of 11 Melanie knew that she would one day be an Architect. In high school she took an architectural drawing class, taught by a young(er) Craig Martin, and started an architecture club with the goal of traveling to Rome. After graduating from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2002, her career was primarily focused on commercial architecture – specifically hospitality, schools, and retail. Since joining Spire in 2019, Melanie has found a love of residential architecture and design and working with homeowners to make their visions a reality.

Melanie lives in Severna Park with her husband, two kids, and dog Harley. Before COVID-19 she was teaching architecture to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at local elementary schools, and is a member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Paul Schilder

02/17/21

Being a native Annapolitan, Paul is excited about being back in the area with Spire Architecture.  He completed the Associates program at Anne Arundel Community College before proceeding to the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC to earn a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and complete a dual Master of Architecture & Science.

Paul joins Spire Architecture bringing over 10 years of experience in the architecture & construction industry.  He has worked on projects of various sizes & typologies with an emphasis on fast-casual dining and commercial tenant fit-outs.  At his previous office he handled projects from initial schematic review through construction completion; working on tasks ranging from site assessments, documentation, permit process and full-service construction administration.  His work took him up and down the eastern seaboard and allowed for a wide reach of experiences.

When not in the office, Paul has interests ranging from fine scale modeling, reading, the never-ending task of yard work and working around the house. He is active volunteering his time with his church as a trustee and spending time working with neighborhood design groups in the area.

Rick McCallum

02/17/21

Rick has been with Spire since 2016 and works on projects ranging from interior renovations to new home construction.  He is experienced with all phases of the design process and assist clients through the process from initial site design to documenting construction.

Having attended both Anne Arundel Community College and Morgan State University, Rick has a Bachelor of Science and Environmental Design.  While in college he won an AIA Student Design Award  and traveled to France and Spain as part of their Travel Study program. 

Rick has more than 14 years of experience in the construction industry and is a partner in a small construction firm as well as being a Staff Architect with Spire.  His construction experience informs his work with Spire and keeps him up to date on the latest building materials and methods for use in Spire projects.

Brady Reeder

02/17/21

Brady is an Anne Arundel County native and earned his Associates Degree in Architecture from AACC in 2016. Shortly after graduation he was hired as Architectural Sales Rep for a Brick company just outside DC. That allowed him to form relationships with Architecture Firms all around the DMV area, and in return ultimately lead him to finally landing his first Design position with a local Annapolis firm. He worked there for almost a year and half before having the opportunity to work with one of his past professors, Kurt Shepard, at Spire Architecture. He has been working at Spire since June of 2020.

Brady is still figuring out whether to begin the path to licensure. When he is not working, you can find him spending time with his wife and two dogs. A few of Brady’s hobbies include cooking, detailing cars, and traveling to new places.

Kelli Hernandez

02/17/21

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Cary Green

02/17/21

Cary attended Ithaca College to study film/animation and German.  After finishing her senior year in Freiburg, Germany, she remained there to immerse herself further in the culture while living with a German family as an au pair.  After returning to the states Cary took animation classes, which lead to her moving to Los Angeles to get into the animation business.  There she landed at the visual effects studio Digital Domain as a Production Coordinator, and later Studio Coordinator, working on films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Tron: Legacy.  As time moved on, the East Coast was calling.  After working in visual effects in New York City, Cary returned to Annapolis to care for her elderly parents.  She began working at Spire as an Office Manager.  After a few years as an administrator she realized creating architectural visualizations was what she wanted to do.  Cary began teaching herself Sketchup and is in the process of mastering Photoshop and the rendering software V-Ray.

When she's not creating 3D images, Cary can be found on the Severn River paddle boarding.

Bradley DiGuglia

Bradley is the guy that is responsible for, well, just about everything.  From getting coffee and cleaning the kitchen, to liaison with the Governor and Mayor for matters of critical importance.  But Bradley is bad at his job.  Bradley is the guy that forgets the measuring equipment... who has the missing plans... who forgot to refill the coffee water or empty the trash.  Bradley is in training... always improving, always checking his CD notes.  He usually quotes parts of the code that just expired, and never checks the size of septic systems before designing an addition that is too big without BAT tank replacement.  He calls for PERC in May, and wears white gym socks with his white Nikes.  Comm'on Bradley.

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