GWWO Architects is pleased to announce that Eric Feiss and Gretchen Wagner have been promoted to Associate Principal and Associate, respectively.
Eric Feiss, AIA, LEED AP joined the firm in 2005 and has spent his 16-year career working as a team leader, project manager, and architect, fostering creative design processes, developing technically sound and detailed construction drawings, and completing well-detailed buildings for educational and institutional clients. As a team leader within the office, Eric is responsible for the management and oversight of a group of project managers, architects, and interns, undertaking a variety of projects ranging in size and value. He is a skilled architect capable of facilitating project communications and directing large, multi-faceted teams of design professionals to successfully complete projects that achieve the client’s programmatic, monetary, and schedule goals.
Eric has overseen and been involved in several of GWWO’s largest and most complex projects, including the Towson University West Village Commons, Community College of Baltimore County Mathematics and Science Hall renovation and addition, Morgan State University Student Services Building, Frederick High School in Frederick County, and Dundalk & Sollers Point High School in Baltimore County.
An advocate for the advancement of the use of technology in the design process, Eric was instrumental in GWWO’s implementation and continued use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, serving as an educator and frequent speaker on its use and benefits. He currently is a member of the Technology in Practice Committee for the Baltimore Chapter of the AIA and is also a member of the BIM Committee for the Association of School Business Officials MD & DC. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Morgan State University. Eric holds a Masters of Architecture from Morgan State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin & Marshall College.
Gretchen Wagner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C joined GWWO in 2014 and has over 13 years of experience in the industry. She has spent the majority of her career focusing primarily on Maryland public school projects, ranging from renovations and additions to the design of entirely new facilities that are contextually appropriate within their sites. Since joining GWWO, Gretchen has overseen several significant K-12 school projects, including the new Crofton Area High School in Anne Arundel County and the Swansfield Elementary School addition and renovation in Howard County, as well as contributing extensively to the design of the new Northern High School in Calvert County.
An active member and committed supporter of organizations within the architecture community, Gretchen is currently a member of the Baltimore Chapter of the AIA and the Maryland Chapter of the USGBC. An advocate for green design, Gretchen is also a member of GWWO’s Sustainability Committee and serves as a firm resource, helping teams navigate and manage the LEED process. She holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in Landscape Architecture from Miami University.