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October 14, 2014 - Comments Off on Ashton Design Makes Waves

Ashton Design Makes Waves


ULI-Wavemaker-Event-2014Photo: Maximilian Franz,

The Urban Land Institute of Baltimore hosted its annual WaveMaker Awards Event on October 9, 2014. The awards program recognizes Maryland's most successful development projects that are truly unique, innovative, and visionary. Ashton Design is proud to have created the environmental graphics for three of this year's eight winning projects.

Projects were judged by a committee of 15 Baltimore professionals who evaluated the projects' sense of place, design quality, use of sustainable practices, and overall vision. Below are Ashton Design's three winning projects.



Client: Maryland Institute College of Art
Architect: Hord Coplan Macht
Environmental Graphics: Ashton Design

Watch the video presented at the event for Leake Hall at MICA, featuring interviews with Mike Molla and Chris Harvey.




Client: Terra Nova Ventures
Architect: Alexander Design Studio
Environmental Graphics: Ashton Design

Watch the video presented at the event for Mount Vernon Mill No. 1, featuring interviews with David Tufaro and Jennifer Tufaro Nolley.




Client: The Bozzuto Group
Architect: Hord Coplan Macht
Interior: Patrick Sutton
Environmental Graphics: Ashton Design

Watch the video presented at the event for Crosswinds at Annapolis Towne Centre, featuring an interview with Toby Bozzuto.



This year's other winning projects included the Everyman Theatre, The Gunther Apartments, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Social Security Administration, and the UMBC Performing Arts & Humanities Building.


October 8, 2014 - Comments Off on 2014 ULI WaveMaker Awards

2014 ULI WaveMaker Awards

Each year the Urban Land Institute of Baltimore, ULI Baltimore, hosts its WaveMaker Awards event that recognizes local real estate development projects, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award winner. This year’s event on Thursday, October 9, will be held at the newly completed Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

Ashton Design helped with creating the identity, print, and digital marketing materials for the event, in conjunction with ULI Baltimore and Bozzuto. The campaign incorporated a “play” on words through phrases inspired by casino games. The printed save-the-date invitation featured a scratch-off ticket that revealed the date of the event.



Last year, two of Ashton Design’s projects were ULI 2013 WaveMaker Award Recipients; Baltimore Design School and Union Wharf Apartments.

For behind-the-scenes footage and information about the projects, watch Toby Bozzuto explain the vision behind Union Wharf and Steve Ziger and Fred Lazarus discuss the inception of the Baltimore Design School, through the videos shown at last year’s event.

ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. They have long been recognized as one of America’s most respected and widely quoted sources of objective information on urban planning, growth and development.

See you at the event!

July 21, 2014 - Comments Off on Maryland Public Health Laboratory

Maryland Public Health Laboratory

The State of Maryland has a new six-story laboratory located in Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins, a 31-acre research hub north of Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore. The laboratory is home to Maryland’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and will serve to protect the public against diseases and other health hazards.

Ashton Design was involved in designing the interior and exterior signage and graphics, artist plaques for the public art program, as well as developing the pedestrian wayfinding in conjunction with HDR, Forest City - New East Baltimore Partnership, MEDCO and DHMH. Ashton Design is proud to have been a part of this significant Maryland state project.

This new 235,000-square-foot facility will contain labs used to respond to disease epidemics, foodborne outbreaks and incidents of bioterrorism. It will replace the current 35-year old facility located at State Center. The LEED Silver building and laboratory facilities were designed by HDR and landscape design by Core Design Studio. An impresive 30 percent of the project budget included work from local business including Ashton Design and Inter Sign National, fabricator of the interior and exterior signs.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 22 will be attended by many dignitaries integral to bringing this project to life including Governor Martin O’Malley. About the new building, O-Malley stated, “The new public health lab will advance our goal of providing Maryland families the best public health service and protection that modern science and technology can offer. This state-of-the-art facility maximizes our abilities to protect the health and well-being of all Marylanders under a creative financing agreement that minimizes the cost to taxpayers.”

Below are some photos of the recent signage installation and construction progress.









April 24, 2014 - Comments Off on The Lazarus Legacy

The Lazarus Legacy

Fred Lazarus IV, president of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), is retiring after a 36-year tenure, the longest in Maryland today. A week-long celebration of his contributions to the school and community is being held April 21-27.


Here at Ashton Design, we are feeling particularly nostalgic and lucky to have been along for much of Lazarus' great ride as we were involved in designing environmental graphics for several of his campus improvements while president. Working on projects at MICA has always been a joy for us since a majority of our team members are alumni of the Institute and feel forever connected to their alma mater. We were especially honored to have been asked to memorialize the legacy of President Lazarus by designing the namesake building identification for the recently renovated Graduate Studio Center, now aptly called the The Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies.






Ashton Design is grateful to have been a part of the following MICA projects during President Lazarus' tenure:

Founders Green
Legacy Society Donor Wall
Studio Center (now called The Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies)

We agree whole-heartedly with MICA's account that Lazarus has "helped reinvent the role of art and design education in academia, society, and commerce..." and "...helped transform Baltimore into a globally recognized center for creativity." As we fondly remember Lazarus' lasting impact and cherish our relationship with MICA, we simultaneously look forward to welcoming MICA's new president, Samuel Hoi, for the next era of this excellent Baltimore institution.

Explore more about The Lazarus Legacy:
Fred Lazarus: 35 years in photos
Fred Lazarus IV, President
Celebrating The Lazarus Legacy: MICA Moments Video Series