27323219-00190973-862d-40be-b659-55a11e0

KATHLEEN PATRICIA STARGHILL SHERRILL

SP Arch Inc.

SAY IT LOUD - MARYLAND Exhibitor
Maryland Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Paul R. Williams and Norma Sklarek. Their stories are of perseverance, pride and tenacity. Mr. Williams completed many community projects. Good design is makes a community livable.

KATHLEEN PATRICIA STARGHILL SHERRILL

Bio:

The great designer, Kathleen grew up in Baltimore where I earned a March from Morgan State University. I worked at several local design firms. In 2005, with partner Mahendra Parekh, I established SP Arch Inc. Upon Mr. Parekh retirement in 2008, I continued to lead the firm as principal. I have served in many roles with AIA, President of the Baltimore City and Maryland State Chapters. I also worked to establish BMORE NOMA and served as its first president. I continue to mentor and work with young people.

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

I decided to become an architect when I was 12. Building is something I have always enjoyed. I watched my parents renovate and repair their house and learned about my Uncle who built my Grandfather's church and house. I wanted to design.

What do you do?

I am the Principal of the firm for both design and business. I have also taught in the Graduate School of Architecture at Morgan State University, my alumna mater.

What excites you in the work you do?

The work that excites me is not usually the work that pays. Helping a small business build their dream. A new graduate get that first job. Teaching students not only to be good designers but also good business people.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Paul R. Williams and Norma Sklarek. Their stories are of perseverance, pride and tenacity. Mr. Williams completed many community projects. Good design is what makes a livable community.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I have four that stand out for me. Becoming president of AIA Baltimore, AIA Maryland and BMORE NOMA. I am most proud of that through my firm, I have been able give many future architects their first opportunity to become successful in the profession.

Featured Project Name: 

The Royal Theater

Featured Project Location: 

Upton, Baltimore City, MD

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

TBD

Role in Featured Project: 

Design Principal

 

Featured Project Description:

This historic theater in located in one of the most historic African American communities in the US. It's citizens include Frederick Douglas who sang in the Sharp Street Church choir where Morgan State University was founded. Also, Thurgood Marshall, whose mother taught elementary school here. Rebuilding this iconic theater is the dream child of Mr. James Hamlin who has spent almost 20 years working to bring it back to life. This is a rendering of what a modern Royal could be.

Photography Credit:

SP Arch Inc., elmorovivo, Theatre Historical Society of America / Flickering Treasures