By Design Newsletter - Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


Board Updates

Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects

Board of Certified Interior Designers

Architects: To Sign or Not to Sign

Land Surveyors: Mentorship Program Launches

Ethics CPC Requirements

Professional Engineers: Welcome New Christie Society Members

Certified Interior Designers

"Failure to Respond"

From the Joint Chairs' Corner



Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

500 North Calvert Street,
3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202

Stanley J. Botts, Commissioner

Harry Loleas, Deputy Commissioner

Daniel Parr, Executive Director

Pamela Edwards, Assistant Executive Director
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Shannon Davis, Outreach Coordinator & By Design Editor


State Board of Architects
Diane Cho, Chair, Architect, Baltimore County

Stephen L. Parker, Architect, Montgomery County

Gary A. Bowden, Architect, Baltimore City

R. Glen Stephens, Architect, Howard County

Paul R. Edmeades, Architect, Harford County

Gary Ey, Consumer Member, Harford County

Vacant, Consumer Member

Terry White, Executive Secretary

State Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects

Michael Fisher, Chair, Landscape Architect, Harford County

Ralph E. Reisler, Consumer Member, Cecil County

Lisa Keir, Consumer Member, Baltimore County

Jeanette Stern-Tansey, Landscape Architect, Baltimore

Christopher Schein, Landscape Architect, Anne Arundel County

Mrs. Deborah Evans, Executive Secretary

State Board for Professional Land Surveyors

Charles Maloy Ed.D, Chair, Consumer Member, Baltimore County

Daniel P. Lavelle, Land Surveyor, Frederick County

Joan G. Dunne, Consumer Member, Baltimore County

John V. Mettee, III, Land Surveyor, Harford County

Thomas M. Orisich, Land Surveyor, Baltimore County

Donald J. Ocker, Property Line Surveyor, St. Mary's County

Mrs. Deborah Evans, Executive Secretary

State Board for Professional Engineers

Howard (Skip) Harclerode, P.E., Chair, Chemical Engineer Member, Baltimore County

Steven A. Arndt, P.E., Vice Chair, Mechanical Engineer Member, Montgomery County

Eugene C. Harvey, P.E., Civil Engineer Member, Anne Arundel County

Pastor Farinas, P.E., Electrical Engineer Member, Montgomery County

Sandra J. Murphy, Consumer Member, Prince George's County

Sallye E. Perrin, P.E., Civil Engineer Member, Baltimore City

Rosalind L. Yee, Consumer Member, Anne Arundel County

Dorothy Matricciani, Executive Secretary

State Board for Certified Interior Designers

Diane Gordy, Chair, Certified Interior Designer, Montgomery County

Teri Bennett, Certified Interior Designer, Baltimore

H. Christine Pirrung, Consumer Member, Anne Arundel County

Barbara Portnoy, Certified Interior Designer, Baltimore County

Carla K. Viar, Certified Interior Designer, Washington County

David Watts, Architect, Baltimore County

Karen Zopf, Certified Interior Designer, Baltimore County

Janis Daniels, Executive Secretary


Pamela J. Edwards, Acting Executive Director

We’re pleased to bring you the newest issue of By Design, the Professional Design Boards’ quarterly e-newsletter. We’ve been busy during our hiatus, and we have a lot to catch up on. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Shannon Davis, our new Outreach Coordinator and editor of By Design. In this issue, we welcome new Board members and thank retiring ones for their dedication. Several regulatory changes have taken effect, so it’s in your best interest to apprise yourself of them. We also mark the passing of two well-known members of our Boards, and remember their years of tireless service. Email me at and let us know what you’d like to see in future issues—you’re sure to find something interesting in By Design.

Board UpdatesDeparting Chair Michael Fisher accepts a certificate of appreciation from Stanley J. Botts, Commissioner of Occupational & Professional Licensing

Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects

We are pleased to welcome industry members Charlie Adams, Christopher Schein and Jeanette Stern-Tansey and consumer member Lisa Keir to the Board. We also bid farewell to Chairman Michael Fisher as well as consumer member Ralph Reisler and industry member Liling Tien, thanking them for their years of dedicated service.

Charlie AdamsCharlie Adams is recently retired from his role as Director of the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Office of Environmental Design. During his tenure, he directed programs in wetland management; landscape architectural design; reforestation; community and gateway landscaping; and noise abatement, among many others. He was instrumental in developing state recreational trail and scenic byways programs as well as the Watershed Enhancement Initiative, which strives to restore 250 acres of wetlands and five miles of streams by 2010. Throughout his long career with the Highway Administration, Mr. Adams also served as Chief of the Landscape Architecture Division and held several positions with the MSHA’s Bureau of Landscape Architecture. Recent accolades include the ASLA Maryland Chapter’s Merit Award for his work on the Scenic Byways Program and the Governor’s Citation for Leadership on the Wetlands Restoration Steering Committee. In 2006, he was invested as an ASLA Fellow.

Lisa Keir is the Director of Development and Communications for the Maryland Humanities Council, where she Lisa Keirsustains relations among various government agencies, corporations, and nonprofits as well as supervises annual giving and public relations/marketing efforts. She has previously worked on special projects for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and served as Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Cultural District. As founder of Lisa S. Keir Associates, she managed projects for various nonprofit organizations, including the renewal of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement (for which she authored the final report to Congress). Ms. Keir’s other affiliations have included the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks and Landscapes, Valleys Planning Council, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Christopher ScheinAs a principal and partner of Hord Coplan Macht, Christopher Schein has over 25 years of landscape architecture and land planning experience. Mr. Schein is currently leading an interdisciplinary design team working with the National Park Service on the DC War Memorial restoration on the National Mall in Washington DC. Campus projects include Washington College, Loyola College in Maryland, the University of Virginia, St. Mary’s College and the United States Naval Academy. He has also designed landscapes at the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Treasury, the Pennsylvania State Capitol, and West Shore Park in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. His accomplishments have been recognized by two ASLA Honor Awards and several Merit Awards from the Maryland and Potomac Chapters. Mr. Schein previously served as President of the Maryland Chapter of ASLA.

Jeanette Stern-Tansey is the Chief of Capital Planning and Development for the Baltimore County Department Jeanette Stern-Tanseyof Recreation and Parks, where her team has been involved in overseeing the planning and execution of hundreds of park development projects. She has managed numerous award-winning projects, including the design and development of Meadowood, Reisterstown and Northwest Regional Parks, Overlook Park, Marshy Point Park and Nature Center, Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum as well as extensive improvements to County athletic fields, courts and playgrounds. Ms. Stern-Tansey currently serves as President of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association and is a member of the Maryland Association of Counties, the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Sports Turf Managers Association. In her free time, she is an avid golfer.

Board of Certified Interior Designers

The Board extends a warm welcome to consumer member H. Christine Pirrung and industry members Barbara Portnoy and Karen Zopf.

H. Christine PirrungH. Christine Pirrung is the owner of Christie Pirrung Stationery & Gifts in Annapolis, where she has lived since 2000. Beginning in 1994, she has also worked as a wedding coordinator in Maryland, Virginia, D.C., and Winter Park, FL. She has extensive stationery, management, and fundraising experience; she has also been involved with the Junior Leagues of St. Louis, Talllahassee, Greater Orlando and Annapolis. Ms. Pirrung was a member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors, Christchurch School’s (Urbana, VA) Parent’s Council, All Saints Episcopal Church’s (Winter Park, FL) Wedding Guild and Flower Guild, and currently, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (Annapolis) Altar Guild.

Barbara Portnoy, CID, IIDA, LEED AP is the founding partner of PLDA Inc., a Baltimore-based interior Barbara Portnoy, CID, IIDA, LEED APdesign/interior architecture firm with a decade of experience in the development of design strategies for businesses and institutions. PLDA’s professional practice is targeted towards corporate, education and healthcare projects; the most recently completed include the 120,000 SF headquarters for KCI in Sparks, MD and the new Campus Center for the University of Maryland’s professional schools in downtown Baltimore. In 2007, Ms. Portnoy received Maryland's Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award and in 2008 she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. She is a past president of the Maryland chapter of IBD (currently IIDA), a trustee for the Contemporary Museum and chair of Grantee Connect for the Baltimore Community Foundation’s women’s giving circle.

Karen ZopfKaren Zopf brings to the Board over 30 years of experience in interior design and project management. Since 2006, she has been the Assistant Director of Interior Design for Erickson Retirement Communities, where she manages two million square feet of campus-style, mixed-used projects (multi-family housing, skilled nursing and hospitality spaces). Previously, she has taught interior design courses at Anne Arundel Community College and, during her tenure with Hyde, Inc., she specialized in management of healthcare and corporate projects. Several highlights of her career include designing a line of carpeting for Masland and serving as an international consultant on renovations to Cairo’s Dar Al Fouad Hospital. She has been published for her work on the North Bay Environmental Camp and renovations at Holy Cross Hospital. In her free time, Ms. Zopf enjoys cinema, traveling, and gardening.

Board of Architects

To Sign or Not to Sign?
As digital technology makes our lives both easier and more difficult, the issue of electronic signing and sealing of plans has often been mentioned. With so many architects often collaborating from different sites, the ability to sign and seal documents digitally would be very convenient. The State Board of Architects has reviewed §3-501 and concluded that electronic sealing is permissible; however, all documents must be signed by hand. The same position has been taken by the other Design Boards.

Board for Professional Land Surveyors

Mentorship Program Launches
The State Board for Professional Land Surveyors and the Maryland Society of Surveyors (MSS) have developed two mentorship programs designed to assist applicants in documenting the education and experience required to sit for the Professional Land Surveyor licensing exam. The Mentoring Program pairs applicants with licensed surveyors who have been trained as mentors; mentors assist applicants by helping them understand and fulfill their exam requirements and making sure all documentation is complete. (Note: Mentors earn three CPC credits.)

The Portfolio Building Program allows an applicant to establish a file with the DLLR for the purpose of compiling credentials as they are acquired. This way, an applicant does not have to wait until formally applying for the exam to try and accumulate Reports of Professional Experience (RPEs) from each past employer. He or she may simply submit a copy of each RPE to his or her portfolio as it is granted. By the time he or she applies for the exam, the portfolio is complete and ready for review. For more information on the Mentoring and Portfolio Building Programs, email or visit the Maryland Society of Surveyors website.

Ethics CPC Requirement
An amendment to COMAR 09.13.08 was proposed in the October 24, 2008 issue of the Maryland Register and unanimously approved by the Board at the January 2009 meeting. Every other licensing term, all licensees are required to complete six hours of CPC in Category A programs related to Maryland Law and Ethics or Minimum Standards of Practice. Find a pre-approved CPC provider here, and visit our CPC page to download a worksheet (Word document, 503KB, download Word viewer for free) to help you keep track of your courses.

Board for Professional Engineers

Welcome, New Christie Society Members!New Christie Society member George H. Steigler, Jr. (second from right) with (from left) Board members Pastor Farinas, P.E., Skip Harclerode, P.E. (Chair) and Rosalind L. Yee
The State Board for Professional Engineers proudly welcomed 31 new members into The Christie Society on September 19, 2008. The Christie Society was founded in 1990 in honor of Professor Alexander Graham Christie, who in 1939 became the first Chairman of the State of Maryland Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. It counts as its members those engineers who have been continuously licensed in Maryland for 50 years. This year’s induction ceremony and banquet were held at The Engineer’s Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion in Mount Vernon, where Professor Christie’s original license certificate (No. 1) can be seen. That same evening, we welcomed newly licensed Professional Engineers into the ranks of our profession, with a keynote address offered by Neil J. Pedersen, Administrator of the State Highway Administration. Congratulations, new Christie Society members! (Photo courtesy of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers.)

Murray Blitz
Arthur George Buckingham
Peter A. Castruccio
Robert M. Douglass
William M. Ellsworth
Leo Foster Fiander
Earle S. Freedman
Joshua E. Greenspon
Emery Hertelendy
John Brooks Hildebrandt
Frank David Hutchinson III
Robert Kennedy
Robert A. Kinsey
Daniel Koffler
Sheldon Joseph Leavitt
James Lefter

Wallace Stockton Lippincott
Samuel B. Long, Jr.
Cyril M. Miller
Charles Strayer Morgenthaler
Alan Morris
Leonard E. Mudd
Alvin Frederick Nehrenz
Robert E. Perry
John Frank Rickert
Eugene A. Servary
George H. Stiegler, Jr.
John William Storb
Charles Robert Varndell
Bertram M. Vogel
Theodore H. Yaffe

Certified Interior Designers

How Green is Your CEU?
The State Board of Certified Interior designers introduced an amendment to COMAR 09.18.03 in the January 2, 2009 issue of the Maryland Register and unanimously approved it at the February 23, 2009 meeting (expected to become final by late June 2009). Of the 10 hours of required CEU, one hour must focus on principles of green (sustainable) design, defined as follows:

 “[T]he design process that utilizes an integrated approach aimed at:

  • The conservation of energy, water, and raw material resources;
  • The prevention of environmental degradation; and
  • The overall creation of healthy, livable, and productive environments.”

Your green design course must be approved by both IDCEC and the U.S. Green Building Council. This is a hot topic in the CID world, and the growing popularity of sustainable design practices is exciting. Click here for a list of approved CEU courses.

Take Notes
In other CEU news, remember that you can earn CEU online! This is a great way to earn your hours on your own time, in the comfort of your own home. Remember, though, that just because a provider’s face-to-face courses are Board-approved does not necessarily mean that their online courses are automatically approved.

The Board has also voted to accept CEU approved by IDCEC, with the view that such courses will satisfy the Board’s requirements. Rest assured that if the course you’re taking is either offered or sponsored by IDCEC, it will count towards your CEU.

“Failure to Respond” Regulations Adopted by Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors’ Boards

The Board for Professional Engineers, the Board of Architects and the Board for Professional Land Surveyors have each adopted regulations that would require a licensee to respond in writing to a written communication from his or her respective Board. A licensee has 20 days in which to respond to the Board or else face the possibility of being in violation of the Board’s laws and regulations.

Click on the respective link below to read the text of the regulations:

From the Joint Chairs’ Corner

The Joint Chairs have been meeting on a regular basis to discuss issues of common interest and concern. Topics covered have ranged from discussion of the Boards’ budgets and the possibility of outsourcing the administration of licensing exams to the consideration of common legislative initiatives. If you have a concern, feel free to share it with your Board Chair.


Donald Burns Ratcliffe
Donald Burns RatcliffeThe Board of Architects wishes to acknowledge the passing of Don Ratcliffe, a prolific architect who faithfully served on the Board for more than 20 years. He was 83, and passed from complications of prostate cancer on April 17. Mr. Ratcliffe was born and raised in Baltimore, serving in the Naval Air Corps during World War II before studying architectural engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He founded his architecture firm, Donald B. Ratcliffe, AIA Associates, in 1954. His many design achievements include buildings for Stevenson University (where he was a member of the board and from which he was rewarded a Doctor of Humane Letters in 2001), Mount St. Mary’s University, Garrison Forest School, Park School, and the chapel at Loyola High School; he also designed residences and other structures in Baltimore County’s Mays Chapel and Mays Chapel North. He lent his name to an endowment scholarship at Stevenson University, and was a founding member of the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association. He is remembered as unfailingly practical and good-humored, able to solve any problem while putting client satisfaction and solid design work first.

Frederick Yates Ward
The Board for Professional Land Surveyors mourns the passing of former chairman Fred Ward. On April 1, heFrederick Yates Ward passed from pneumonia at the age of 81. A North Carolina native, he moved with his family to Bel Air, MD in 1930. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific, after which he attended the University of Maryland, College Park on the GI Bill and earned his degree in civil engineering. In 1955, he founded Sutcliffe & Ward, which later became Frederick Ward Associates Inc. His firm became one of the first to employ computer-aided design techniques, and contributed greatly to the revitalization of Bel Air. Mr. Ward’s major projects include Bel Air Plaza, the Festival at Bel Air shopping center, and the residential developments Forest Lakes, Wakefield Meadows, Box Hill North, and Box Hill South. In addition to his time on the Board, he was also president of the Maryland Society of Surveyors and received that organization’s lifetime achievement award in 2000. When he realized that no Maryland university yet offered a major in surveying, he endowed the Fred and Joan Ward Scholarship at Towson University. He is remembered as a consummate professional devoted to the advancement of land surveying as a profession. (Photo courtesy of The Sun.)

The Professional Design Boards extend their sympathies to the families and friends of Mr. Ratcliffe and Mr. Ward. Their professions have been immeasurably enriched by their contributions.