Sam Lynch and Mengru Li join ci design as Designers, continuing its expansion of its Mixed-Use Practice by ci design

CI Design Continues Growth, Adds Designer Sam Lynch

BALTIMORE – CI Design has named Sam Lynch as a designer, continuing the international architectural design firm’s rapid expansion in 2019.

Lynch joins CI from JP2 Architects, where he guided various projects, including multiple renovations of the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, as well as the redevelopment of the Northwood Commons shopping center in Baltimore and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) bookstore. Prior to serving with JP2, he was a designer at Transforming Architecture, focusing on residential architecture.

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“Sam’s experience in multiple sectors of real estate, especially retail and residential, will benefit our many clients who are looking to densify and diversify their projects into true communities,” said John Larsen, AIA, NCARB, president of CI Design. “We’re delighted to welcome him aboard.”

The recipient of an AIA National Convention Scholarship in 2019, Lynch also co-chairs the AIA Urban Design Committee. He earned both Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Savannah College of Art and Design.

“Given my previous work and interest in community-based design, I’m incredibly excited to join a firm with a history of innovation in mixed-use projects around the U.S.,” Lynch said. “And I hope to gain experience with our science & technology professionals, as well.”

 

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Mengru Li Joins CI Design as Designer

BALTIMORE – Mengru Li has joined CI Design as a designer, the latest in a series of staff expansions at the international architectural design firm this year. She will be based in the firm’s Baltimore office.

Li, who recently earned a Master of Architecture degree from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, joins the firm after externships with Mass Design Group in Boston and CCDI Group in Chengdu, China, and an internship with Open Architecture in Beijing. Her projects have included the MARS Case in Beijing and an Aerospace Research Institute in China.

“Mengru’s international training and experience will bring a new dimension to our various mixed-use projects, and complement the work we’ve already done around the globe,” said John Larsen, AIA, NCARB, president of CI Design. “We’re delighted to welcome her to our firm.”

Li earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Chongqing University in China.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of a project from beginning to end, placing it in the context of its community,” Li said. “CI Design has always shared that philosophy, and I’m excited to join them!”

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ABOUT CI DESIGN, INC.

CI Design is an international architectural design firm offering award-winning planning, architecture and interior design services to a diverse base of clients. For more than 25 years, CI Design has been a recognized leader in Mixed-Use and Science & Technology project design across the globe.

The CI Design team served as planner & architect for North Hills in Raleigh, NC, a 2-million square-foot mixed-use development. CI Design is currently working on several mixed-use developments including Metropica in Sunrise FL, a 4-million square-foot development and the 1.2 million square-foot expansion to North Hills In Raleigh, NC. CI Design is headquartered in Baltimore, MD, and has offices in Boston. For additional information, go to www.ci-designinc.com.

CI Design has offices in Boston and Baltimore, for additional information, go to  www.ci-designinc.com . 

Kelsey Winters and Suzanne DeMeritte join ci as Summer Interns gaining knowledge, licensing hours in design and construction by ci design

CI Design: Training the Next Generation
Summer interns gain knowledge, licensing hours in design and construction

BALTIMORE (June 20, 2019) – There’s education and there’s practical experience. Both are essential for designing the projects of tomorrow, believe the leaders of CI Design, the international architectural and design firm. That’s why they’ve instituted a summer internship program that gives young designers real responsibilities for their mixed-use projects around the country.

Graduate students Kelsey Winters and Suzanne DeMeritte are both participating in their second summer internship in the firm’s Baltimore office, working on mixed-use projects throughout the country while earning a salary and hours toward their architectural licenses.

“I’ve gotten a lot of experience in the phasing of projects,” Winters said, having worked on Metropica, the mixed-use project in Sunrise, Fla., for which CI is serving as master-planner and architect, during her first internship. This year, she’s assisting with the master planning of several mixed-use projects.

Now in her second and final year of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Maryland after also earning her Bachelor of Architecture degree at the university, Winters was seeking experience on the architecture side to complement prior experience in construction.

“I was eager to get started in the field, and applied,” Winters said.

As a rapidly growing firm with particular concentrations in mixed-use and science & technology projects, CI saw it would need extra help in 2018. The firm reached out to the University and made it known that they were looking to hire promising graduate students and were willing to give them real responsibilities on real projects.

 “The students are very serious and extremely dedicated,” observed partner Chris Bauer, who coordinated the program with the University.

Also doing her second summer internship with CI, DeMeritte earned her undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Maryland, and is now pursing her master’s at Ohio State.

Working with a mid-sized firm also gives interns more opportunities, both interns note. DeMeritte has worked on projects including North Hills in Raleigh, North Carolina, and as well as the Regency projects.

“CI offers a lot of flexibility,” DeMeritte said. “You get to fill in a lot of the gaps, whereas in my experience at larger firms an intern is more of a personal assistant.”

That’s part of the point, said John Larsen, president and a founding partner of the firm, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

“As we’ve grown, we’ve undertaken a large variety of projects, and extra highly skilled talent is always needed,” Larsen said. “We’ve been thrilled to work with the University of Maryland to offer opportunities to their students. And we learn from these young talents as much as we teach.”

Winters has completed her construction hours, and now is working on her design requirements. DeMeritte also is spending time training in the firm’s finance department, with a goal of becoming a liaison between project architects and the accounting areas.

“This  has taught me more about how at my interests are,” Winters said. “I’ve never worked in retail design or in designing homes.”

The firm also is hiring interns for its Boston office, Larsen added.

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ABOUT CI DESIGN, INC.

CI Design is an international architectural design firm offering award-winning planning, architecture and interior design services to a diverse base of clients. For more than 25 years, CI Design has been a recognized leader in Mixed-Use and Science & Technology project design across the globe.

The CI Design team served as planner & architect for North Hills in Raleigh, NC, a 2-million square-foot mixed-use development. CI Design is currently working on several mixed-use developments including Metropica in Sunrise FL, a 4-million square-foot development and the 1.2 million square-foot expansion to North Hills In Raleigh, NC. CI Design is headquartered in Baltimore, MD, and has offices in Boston. For additional information, go to www.ci-designinc.com.

CI Design has offices in Boston and Baltimore, for additional information, go to  www.ci-designinc.com . 

Crystal Arlette Montás and Mike Evers join ci as Designers, continuing its rapid expansion of its Science & Technology Practice by ci design

CI Design Names Montás as Designer
Boston and Baltimore-based firm continues to expand its Science & Technology staff

BOSTON and BALTIMORE (June 12, 2019) – In its continuing expansion of its Science & Technology (S&T) practice, CI Design has named Crystal Arlette Montás as Designer, the international architectural design firm announced today. Montás will be based in the firm’s Boston office.

Montás’ experience in modeling, surveying and team coordination will enhance the services CI’s rapidly growing S&T division offers to clients in this very specialized field, said Raffe Khazadian, AIA, principal.

“Crystal is an exciting young talent, and we’re delighted to add her to our team,” Khazadian said.

Prior to joining CI Design, Montás was a designer with TRIA, where she focused on lab equipment surveys, models, construction administration, rendering creation and more. She holds a Master of Architecture with distinction from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she also earned a Bachelorr of Science in Architecture.

“The chance to work with Raffe Khazadian, a leader in S&T design, as well as with all of the professionals at CI is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Montás said. “I can’t wait to begin.”

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CI Design Continues Rapid Boston Team Expansion with Mike Evers
The international architectural and design firm names Evers as Designer

BOSTON and BALTIMORE (June 12, 2019) – CI Design has named Mike Evers Designer in its Boston office, continuing the location’s rapid expansion.

“Boston and all of New England not only is a wellspring of opportunity, but also of architecture and design talent,” said Christopher Ladd, AIA, NCARB, vice president and principal. “We welcome Mike as we know he will contribute immensely to both our commercial and science & technology practices.”

Evers most recently served as a designer with TRIA, working on various projects from concept to construction, and researching, creating and introducing new technological tools to the office. Prior experience includes working with Boston College Capital Projects Management.

“CI’s leadership is remarkably open to new ideas and tools,” Evers said. “I’m excited to work with the best in the business in commercial and S&T design.”

Evers earned both Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Architecture degrees from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

For more than 25 years, CI Design’s team has offered innovative, sustainable and value-creating design solutions for S&T and other commercial facilities, including wet and dry labs, specialized testing facilities, and control rooms for chemical storage, distribution and treatment. Clients have included GT Advanced Technologies, Insulet Corp., Merck/Millipore, Gillette and other private and public companies and educational institutions.

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ABOUT CI DESIGN, INC.

CI Design is an international architectural design firm offering award-winning planning, architecture and interior design services to a diverse base of clients. For more than 25 years, CI Design has been a recognized leader in Science & Technology, retail and mixed-use project design across the globe.

The CI Design team recently completed the world headquarters and U.S. clean manufacturing facility of Insulet Corporation, and is working on Phase 3 of the development. It continues to provide design support for clients including Millipore, IPG Photonics and Raytheon, as well as various confidential life science projects. The firm is also working on several mixed-use developments including the 4-million-square-foot Metropica in Sunrise, Fla., and the 1.2 million square-foot expansion to North Hills In Raleigh, N.C. 

CI Design has offices in Boston and Baltimore, for additional information, go to  www.ci-designinc.com . 

The River Club, Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal's Development of the Month by ci design

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From underutilized parcel to a new community – the journey of the River Club, now under construction in Bogota, N.J., is one of patience, persistence and flexible design.

The mixed-use complex at West Fort Lee Road and the Hackensack River will include 421 luxury apartments, from studios through 3 bedrooms, including 42 affordable units, adding much-needed density to the region.

Designed by master planner and architect of record CI Design, Baltimore, the gated development will consist of four, four- and five-story residential buildings, with 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail, a dog park, and a 2,000-foot public walkway along the river that will link downtown Bogota to downtown Hackensack. A community clubhouse will feature an indoor/outdoor fireplace, yoga studio, media room and luxury pool terrace including an infinity-edge pool.

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