Lessons from Legends in Real Estate
Join the University of Baltimore Real Estate and Economic Development Advisory Board as they host the next installment of Lessons from Legends featuring architect, advocate, innovator and entrepreneur Diane Cho, a founding principal of Cho Benn Holback and current principal with the firm Quinn Evans.
Lessons from Legends in Real Estate featuring Diane Cho
Date: March 24. 2020
Light refreshments: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 6-8 p.m.
Location: University of Baltimore, Student Center, 5th Floor
Street address: 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore MD 21201
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More About the Conversation
Please join us on March 24, 2020 for an evening with Diane Cho, as he shares insights from his career and a lifetime of cultural, educational, and community architectural projects.
Ms. Cho is a founding principal of Cho Benn Holback (formerly Cho Wilks Benn), a women owned architectural firm noted for projects in the cultural, educational, and community realm where the focus has been on the creative re-use of aging, historic building stock. Cho and Barbara Wilks started their architecture firm in the late 1970’s having moved to Baltimore a few years earlier after graduating from Cornell University’s architecture school. Beginning with rowhouse renovations, they gradually expanded their portfolio to include larger buildings and added partners David Benn and George Holback to enhance the firm’s reach. An early focus on housing led to market rate warehouse renovations such as Tindeco Wharf and Canton Cove, and a number of affordable housing/historic school house renovations located in some of Baltimore’s most challenging neighborhoods.
Believing in the arts as a catalyst for community revitalization, Cho began to focus her projects primarily in the cultural realm where she has worked closely with clients to assure that architectural concepts reflect each institution’s mission. Her portfolio includes many award-winning projects such as the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Jim Rouse Center at the American Visionary Art Museum, the Everyman Theatre and Center Stage.
As an active leader and a patron for many cultural organizations, she has helped to position and celebrate the arts as a vital ingredient in the life of strong and vibrant cities. Diane currently serves on the Board of Trustees of MICA and has recently served on the boards of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Everyman Theatre.
After 35 years of building the firm in Baltimore, she and her partners sold their architecture firm in 2017 to Quinn Evans, a national firm headquartered in Washington DC with five other branches throughout the mid-Atlantic and Midwest. She remains a principal with Quinn Evans and continues to spearhead projects within her area of expertise.
What is the Lessons from Legends Series?
UBalt's Lessons from Legends series presents conversations with leaders who have shown a true mastery of their business. Students, alumni and friends have an opportunity to learn from some important Baltimore legends—some of the most influential and successful leaders in the city's history—who are sharing their experiences, career paths, successes and challenges.