Quinn Evans, a leading national planning and design firm, has announced that Ethan Marchant, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Chris Tom, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, have been promoted to principal. Both architects serve as leaders in the firm’s Baltimore office, managing and overseeing a wide range of new construction and challenging renovation projects.
Ethan Marchant has a deep portfolio in designing transformational revitalization projects throughout the greater Baltimore area. He has led sustainable renovation and adaptive use projects that serve as engines for community vitality, including the renewal of the abandoned 19th-century Lion Brothers embroidery factory into office space in West Baltimore’s Hollins Market neighborhood; the conversion of a former textile factory into the Open Works makerspace in the Station North Arts District; and the design of the Creativity Center for the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore. Marchant has also played a key role in activating the public landscape surrounding Detroit’s Michigan Central Station.
Marchant holds Master of Architecture (2006) and Bachelor of Science (2004) degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park. He holds Materials Engineering Technology and Architectural Engineering Technology Associate’s degrees (1995) from Penn State University. Marchant is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute, and the Charles Street Development Corporation. He also serves as the vice chair of the Design Advisory Panel for Howard County, Md., and as design advisor for the Neighborhood Design Center.
Chris Tom balances organizational leadership with extensive experience in the design and renovation of many of Baltimore’s most distinctive residential and mixed-use urban communities. As Operational Director of Quinn Evans’ Baltimore office since September 2022, Tom has strengthened its culture of inclusive opportunity and transparency. He has served as project manager for several projects that reinvent urban places, including the high-performance rehabilitation of the 170-unit Monument East complex in East Baltimore and the 17-story Chase House tower in the Mount Vernon neighborhood. He also contributed to the design of a mixed-use development at 400 Park Avenue in the Chinatown neighborhood and oversaw the transformation of the historic Latrobe Building into the Hotel Ulysses.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Simulation and Digital Entertainment (2012) from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree (2006) from Syracuse University. He is a member of the AIA and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
“Ethan and Chris bring their own unique styles to demonstrating service-oriented leadership for our project teams, firm, and profession,” says Alyson Steele, FAIA, LEED AP, president and CEO of Quinn Evans. “They collaboratively guide complex, technically challenging projects to accomplish great outcomes that enhance value for our clients and their communities.”