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CHURCHILL

BANKS, III

Assoc. AIA, CDT, NOMA

SAY IT LOUD - Maryland Exhibitor
Maryland Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The late Phil Freelon inspired me the most (not only professionally) but personally as well. He showed me how to be a great human being. He took a chance on me when he hired me and I owe him a lot. I truly miss talking to him about the profession.

CHURCHILL BANKS, III

Bio:

The great designer, Churchill Design Professional with over 20 years of experience in the documentation and coordination of various architectural projects including: - Cultural Centers (Museums) - All phases (schematic through contract administration) - Higher Education (College and Universities) - All phases (schematic through contract administration) - K-12 (High School, Middle and Elementary Schools) All phases (schematic through contract administration) -Office renovations (Tenant Improvement)

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I wasn't introduced to architecture until my senior year of undergrad. One of my design professors was an architect and I asked about what I could do with my Industrial Design degree. He shared with me his experience and I was hooked.

What do you do?

I am currently a Project Manager for a facilities group within The Department of Homeland Security.

What excites you in the work you do?

Developing a design from an idea and then transforming that idea to drawings that ultimately become a structure that serves the public excites me the most.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The late Phil Freelon inspired me the most (not only professionally) but personally as well. He showed me how to be a great human being. He took a chance on me when he hired me and I owe him a lot. I truly miss talking to him about the profession.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

My proudest professional accomplishment was seeing the International Civil Rights Center and Museum complete. This was true 'labor of love'. A lot of hard work and difficult discussions were had as this project was completed.

Featured Project Name: 

International Civil Rights Center and Museum

 

Featured Project Location: 

Greensboro, North Carolina

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

February 1, 2010

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

Collaborated with the entire Design Team to prepare and coordinate documents from the schematic phase through construction administration on this culturally relevant project that became the 'tip of the spear' for the civil rights movement.

Photography Credit:

Mark Herboth Photography