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Barry Miller Director of Architecture

FWA Welcomes Back Barry Miller as Director of Architecture

Architect Barry A. Miller, AIA

We’re pleased to welcome Barry Miller back to FWA! Barry was a principal architect in our architectural studio from 2015-2019 and has returned to FWA as Director of Architecture. Under his leadership, the studio and our clients will benefit from his many years of experience working on a wide range of corporate, institutional, and government projects across the Mid-Atlantic region.

Prior to FWA, Barry was the Vice President of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson’s architectural practice for ten years, where he developed a staff of nine architects and created an architectural portfolio that generated >$2M annually. He also served on JMT’s Board of Directors.

Barry obtained his B.A. in Architecture from Iowa State University and subsequently received a M.A. in Architecture from Arizona State University. For any architectural project needs, please contact Barry at or 443-371-0549.

STEM in Scouting

FWA Assists with STEM in Scouting 2021



Vincent Nohe, Prof. LS of FWA teamed up with David Moyle, Prof. LS from Wallace, Montgomery & Associates, James Brannon from Charles P. Johnson Associates, and former FWA employees Andy Whaley, PE, President at Essayons Engineering Services, and Evan Kelly, Prof. LS, Principal at Rock Run Surveying at the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts Harford District Annual STEM in Scouting event held this October at the Harford County Equestrian Center in Bel Air. The event was conducted to teach the Boy Scout Surveying Merit Badge certification to twelve scouts eager to learn about the surveying profession.

WABC Baltimore Networking Event

FWA Attends the 2021 ABC Baltimore All-American Networking Event



Team members attended the ABC Baltimore All-American Networking event, hosted by the Women in ABC Committee. The event was held at ABC’s new facility that houses their corporate offices and Construction Education Academy and was designed by FWA’s architects. Attendees enjoyed mingling, playing corn hole, and touring the new space while supporting the WABC Scholarship Fund.

Veronika Pitonakova, PE

FWA Congratulates Veronika Pitonakova, PE on her Promotion and Professional Designation

Veronika Pitonakova


We are proud to announce the promotion to Senior Project Engineer and professional designation earned by Veronika Pitonakova, PE of FWA. As a team member for almost seven years, Veronika is involved in the design and supervision of projects, coordinating with clients, contractors, and other design teams on a daily basis, while also assisting project managers and helping design engineers develop their skills. Veronika is a member of the Chesapeake Society of Healthcare Engineering (CASHE) and the Professional Women in Building Industry Association, a subset of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA). We look forward to Veronika’s continuing professional development at FWA!



FWA Surveying Capabilities Expanded With New Drone


FWA’s surveying capabilities have expanded with the recent addition of the DJI Phantom 4 RTK drone! This allows for autonomous surveys of sites, the ability to complete aerial mapping, and the capability to upload the site model and data into an interactive database for surveyor and client access, inclusive of the following features:

  • Updated aerial photos of the site
  • Volumetric data
  • Ability to create surfaces
  • Area calculations
  • Overlay multiple flights and see site progress
  • Data download authorization

Seen here are aerial project site photos of Homes at Fountain Green Apartments and Harford Fleet Maintenance Facility.

Ma and Pa Heritage Trail

World Landscape Architecture Month: Ma and Pa Heritage Trail

Ma and Pa Heritage Trail
Click the trail image above to see an aerial view of the trail, provided by MidAtlantic Photographic, LLC.
Continuing World Landscape Architecture Month, the Ma and Pa Heritage Trail is a point of cultural reference in Harford County. In the early-mid 1900s, the MA & PA Railroad ran from Baltimore to York, PA, traveling 23 miles through the county. The railroad has since been converted into a trail as part of “Rails to Trails”,  an initiative to create and connect scenic walking trails from the old railroad beds. FWA provided civil engineering design, planning, landscape architecture, and surveying services for the project. Sights of the original railroad still remain, see if you can spot any the next time you’re out on the trail!


Frederick Ward Associates Bel Air Armory Garden Area

World Landscape Architecture Month: Frederick Y. Ward Reckord Armory Park


Join us for World Landscape Architecture Month as we celebrate growing together with each other and with nature in our communities.

Located in downtown Bel Air, the Frederick Ward Park at Reckord Armory is both a gathering area and a passive use walkway for Main Street pedestrians. Dedicated to Frederick Y. Ward, founder of Frederick Ward Associates, this pocket park was designed with togetherness in mind, complete with seated meeting areas, performance stage, and accessible courtyard. FWA’s design drew from the historic look of the armory building and incorporated sustainable features such as permeable pavers, a green wall, ample softscape, minimal direct lighting, and renewable materials.

Click the park image above to see an aerial view of the park, provided by MidAtlantic Photographic, LLC.


FWA Walktober Challenge

This year for Breast Cancer Awareness Month we challenged our employees to walk in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Maryland, whose mission involves saving lives by investing in breakthrough research to prevent breast cancer. As an external incentive for our team, FWA donated $100 to the Foundation for every 50,000 steps that each employee walked.

Many stepped up to the plate, with ten FredWardians walking 841,589 steps in ten days for a total of $1,300 donated! All participants were winners, but those that had the highest step counts were rewarded internally for going the extra mile (or two!). The top three walkers were Veronika Vall, EIT Project Engineer, Zashary Orengo, Design Engineer, and Cassie Hays, Marketing/Business Development Coordinator. Their walking processes differed, but the result proved that with perseverance and a good pair of running shoes, a high number of steps were achievable.

What Motivates You? 

When interviewed, the top walkers agreed that their main motivation involved improving their overall health by incorporating walking into their daily exercise routine. According to the Mayo Clinic and the U.S. Department of Health, brisk walking can help manage or prevent conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your mood, balance, and coordination. By walking more, these health issues may be avoidable for many.

Tips for THOSE NEW TO Daily Walking

When it comes to daily walking, there are many different tips our walkers recommend to make sure you are getting the most out of your experience while staying safe.

  • Making sure your shoes properly fit is important, and being professionally fitted at a specialty running store is ideal when figuring out what shoes are right for you to prevent injury.
  • Hydrating throughout the day can ensure that you do not find yourself facing dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke if left untreated. Replace the fluids lost through walking by drinking water and replacing electrolytes during and after exercise.
  • Stretching before and after can help prevent serious injury. Stretches that involve the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, abdominals and lower back, obliques, ankles, knees, and thighs can be beneficial to those that are considering walking more, especially for long periods.
  • Bringing a friend along can be great encouragement and can hold you accountable to complete your daily walking routine.

As a company, FWA is always looking for ways to listen, design, and live better. We are proud to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Maryland while improving our overall health. To donate or learn more about breast cancer research, please visit

FWA donated $1,300 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation from funds raised from the Walktober Challenge.
FWA donated $1,300 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation with funds raised from the Walktober Challenge.

Having the tools necessary for completing daily academic tasks are essential for a successful school year.

Back to School: Tips for Aspiring A/E/C Professionals

It’s that time of year where the leaves are falling, college campuses are buzzing (mostly online), and students are preparing for their first exams of the year. Whether you’re in the classroom, learning virtually, or a recent graduate preparing for a designation exam, it is imperative to establish habits  that allow for success at all stages of the education experience and ultimately a career in the A/E/C industry.

Heading Back to Class – What Now?

As most college campuses shift to online learning in the wake of the global pandemic, many students who are used to being in the classroom are now facing a learning curve with virtual learning. Having the tools necessary for completing daily academic tasks are essential for a successful school year. Tools in your academic arsenal should include:

Having the tools necessary for completing daily academic tasks are essential for a successful school year.
Having the tools necessary for completing daily academic tasks are essential for a successful school year and studying for exams.
  • Comfortable workspace
  • Calculator
  • Highlighters and pens
  • Reliable computer and internet connection
  • Day planner or calendar
  • A well-stocked bookmarks bar on your search engine with relevant sources for studying

Effective Communication is Key

FWA employees who are recent college graduates and FWA interns still in school agree that communication is one of the most important components of success in both the academic and professional arenas. Learning to communicate effectively with professors, peers, and colleagues, as well as how to analyze an audience for presentations and group projects helps to build a strong foundation for project management and future project interviews.

The emergence of COVID-19 and subsequent lack of in-person communication opportunities have caused many to adjust their communication styles and very quickly embrace new technology. This is true for not only design professionals collaborating on projects, but also for college professors and students having to improve time management skills with the increased need for self-imposed deadlines. Issues with technology are unavoidable, therefore communicating effectively with those who can help, whether it is fellow students, professors, or colleagues, eases the transition to the virtual world.

What about Test Taking?

Test taking within the A/E/C industry requires practice, focus, and a solid command of the subject matter that will be presented on the exam. Preparing for college exams, Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), Principals of Engineering (PE), Architect Registration Examination (ARE), Fundamentals of Surveying (FS), Principles and Practices of Surveying (PS), and the four-part Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) should not be aimless and without proper guidance and discipline. Learning effective time management, establishing a routine that works for your schedule, and becoming familiar with the study materials are all methods used by current and aspiring FWA professionals.

Routine, Routine, Routine

This may seem like a given, but establishing a realistic routine can facilitate ultimate exam success. FWA professionals recommend planning out a study schedule in advance, allotting for review sessions, and getting into a routine based on the time of day that you tend to work the most effectively. By falling into this schedule, studying will not seem like an extra chore, rather an essential part of the day.

Familiarity with Materials

It’s rare to walk past the desk of an A/E/C professional and not see them working out numbers on a calculator. Becoming familiar with and routinely practicing with the necessary materials that will be used during the exam is imperative. Becoming efficient using the reference manuals on the computer, using shortcuts such as CTRL-F to search, and using solve functions on the calculator to save time with statistics and calculus questions will allow for effective time management during the actual test. When in doubt, YouTube it out! Utilizing online resources and observing how others work out equations can help devise a system that works best for you and your learning style.

Work Hard, Play Hard, Avoid Burnout

Learning to effectively work and study within the confines of COVID-19 can be challenging but implementing the aforementioned tips can help, as can setting and celebrating short-term goals along the way. It is important to work and study hard but equally as important to take breaks along the way that allow for relaxation and time to reflect on the progress that has been made.

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams

Blog Contributors: Veronika Vall, EIT | FWA Project Engineer; Seth Orsini, EIT | FWA Project Engineer; Scott Forsythe | FWA Project Engineer; Allison Rogers | FWA Architectural Intern