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Project Win:  M12 /Local China Team Wins 

1.0msf Biotech Research Park Project in Nanjing, China      James W Tilghman AIA  Lead Designer

NASA IESB Wins 2015 AIA NOVA Design Award

James W Tilghman AIA GSA Design Excellence Lead Designer for AECOM

Photo: Judy Davis @ Hoachlander Davis Photography













New Project: BWI Marshall D/E Connector 


Major New Addition to BWI Airport Will Expand and Enhance the International Arrivals and Departures Experience and Linkages to Airport Concession Space

In an expansion of recent transportation project portfolio experience, most recently as Lead Designer for the Washington Dulles Aerial Metro Station of the new Silver Line,  James W Tilghman AIA is supporting the URS/ Iron Horse Architects D/E Connector Design Team in the production of concept design and design documents for various project packages associated with this $125 Million high profile D/E Connector project at BWI Marshall. 

Project Completion 2014

Social Security Administration Baltimore Metro West:

The Arc of Light lives

The New SSA  Baltimore Metro West Campus has opened in the 1st Quarter of 2014.  Images of the Arc of Light Atrium below. The New  540,00sf Social Security Campus is located at the western edge of  Baltimore City, immediately adjacent the Reisterstown Station on the Red Line. 

James W Tilghman AIA as Director of Design AECOM

Arc of Light Interior

Arc of Light Interior

SSA Aerial Photos - Sept 2013 copy copy.jpg

SSA Aerial Photos - Sept 2013 copy copy.jpg

Metro Entry

Metro Entry

Plaza Entry

Plaza Entry

Detail as South Atrium

Detail as South Atrium

Steel Detail South Atrium

Steel Detail South Atrium

View South from Third level

View South from Third level

Steel Detail at North Atrium

Steel Detail at North Atrium

Detail at Canopy

Detail at Canopy

Exterior Detail at Plaza Entry

Exterior Detail at Plaza Entry

Catholic University: Cardinal O'Boyle Foreign Studies Competition Studio, Fall 2014, Houston Texas

James W Tilghman AIA Visiting Design Instructor

The subject of the Fall 2014 Competition Studio is an experimental Housing Community in Ward 3 of Houston Texas, an underserved yet developing urban area seperated from downtown by substantial infrastructure. The studio investigated a broad range of modular, performance driven concepts for a site adjacent a major interstate artery in Houston. The Studio work began with a series of smaller conceptual "film making" exercises that explored themes of space, spatial orientation, movement and community psychology in preparation for the design phase for a 200 unit Housing Community.


The studio visited Houston in October, and held the mid-review at the Houston Offices of Gensler. The competition was a two-stage jury process in which shortlisted schemes were identified in the final review, and these finalists competed in a second blind jury for 5 first prizes and 5 Honorable mentions. Students in the Houston Studio won 3 of the 5 First prizes and 2 Honorable mentions

University of Maryland 2015 ARCH 403 Senior Studio Explores Masterplan Concepts and New City Hall Designs For College Park MD

James W Tilghman AIA Design Instructor


Roger Lewis FAIA, Professor Emeritus leads the competition jury for the final project:  A City-University Hall for College Park MD

June 2015


The NASA Langley Integrated Engineering Services Building, one of three buildings to be designed by AECOM under the NASA Langley New Town Program, and the GSA Design Excellence Program, has received a 2015 AIA Northern Virginia Merit Award for excellence  in Institutional Architecture.  James W Tilghman, AIA was the GSA Design Excellence Lead Designer for the NASA New Town Program.


The 120,000 sf IESB, which contains Conferencing, Lecture and Presentation, Media, Cafeteria and Departmental Administrative spaces functions as the new Campus Center for NASA Langley, integrating many functions formerly widely distributed across campus. The design makes reference to many historic research spaces, including both existing and decommissioned wind tunnels, which form the core research capability of NASA Langley-the nation's first Aeronautical Research Facility, founded in 1917.

Under Construction 2017


M12/James W Tilghman AIA have teamed with a local Chinese firm to 

win #1 ranking in a competition for a new 1.0 m sf Biomedical Research Campus in Nanjing, China. The project contains a range of startup company buildings of increasing gross area to meet a broad ranged Biotech R & D enterprise model . The integrated campus contains conferencing, exhibition, research and development facilties and extensive public and private landscaped exterior spaces that respond to the intersection of the natural and urban site contexts, one of the hallmarks of the site.




Envision Salisbury!  Spring 2014:  

Arch 403  at The University of Maryland

Community Engagement and Urban Revitalization Masterplan Studio At the Crossroads of Maryland's Eastern Shore

M12 Design now on Facebook  

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James W Tilghman AIA, Lecturer/Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, will once again be teaching the Senior Design Studio in the Undergraduate progam. Arch 403 is the culminating Studio in the undergraduate sequence, focusing on Community engagement and design in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with a special emphasis on sustainable design and building strategies for climate change and sea level rise in the Bay Region. 


This Spring's studio will reprise the Spring 2012 studio at North Beach MD, but will shift the Masterplanning and Project design site to Salisbury MD, on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the heart of the Delmarva Peninsula. The full day Community engagement workshop took place in Salisbury on February 8th with excellent turnout. 56 Students, 5 Faculty members and over 100 members of the Salisbury Community turned out in the former Salisbury Fire Station to explore guiding themes and urban renewal strategies for  the City of Salisbury. Undergraduate Students will be exploring Urban design and revitalization strategies during the first half of the semester and will transition to building design projects after spring break. Graduate students will continue to develop the masterplanning process for the entire semester.

North Beach Community Presentation A Success 

Competition Boards and premiated schemes from the University of Maryland ARCH 403 competition were exhibited in the North Beach Town Hall following an Awards ceremony presided over by Mayor Mark Frazer.  To see the 25 student entries from the student competition, and community feedback, please click on the link below.

North Beach Community Presentation set for mid-June 

Competition Boards and premiated schemes from the University of Maryland ARCH 403 competition will be exhibited at the North Beach MD Town Hall, where prize winners will be recognized by Mayor Mark Frazer and the Town Board after a presentation by the UMD faculty.

​Catholic University  Thesis Super Jury, May 10th

James Tilghman one of three jurors to select Catholic's top thesis

projects for 2013. Final announcement of order of Prizes will take place at Commencement ceremony in  late  May.

North Beach Competition Jury at U Maryland  May 13

Final jury for ARCH 403 Senior Studio competition for a new Performing Arts Center in North Beach MD. Two First Prize and five Honorable Mentions were selected from 25 entries. The jury consisted of  members of the North Beach community, UMD Faculty and Studio Instructors.

University Of Maryland Thesis Reviews  May 7th

Final jury for graduate thesis projects at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

M12 Signs Agreement with PB Heery Americas, Inc.   March 2013

M12 Design completed an agreement to provide design consulting services to PB Heery Americas, a unit of Parsons Brinckerhoff and Balfour Beatty Construction. M12 will be pursuing a wide range of contracts with PBHA, including  Science and Technology, Federal,  DOS, DOE and private sector projects.

NASA Langley Headquarters Wins NASA Blue Marble Award  
May 2012

As part of the design and construction team for the NASA Langley Research Center Headquarters Building, James Tilghman and the Bridging Design-Build team were recognized by the NASA Environmental Management Division for exemplary performance on the delivery of the New LEED PLatinum Headquarters Building.

Army National Guard Readiness Center Finalist 
AECOM Excellence Awards  2013

The Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington VA was selected  after several rounds of judging to represent the AECOM PDD Business line in the Best Large Project category ( $100m+)

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