Daily Record Staff//November 5, 2020
//November 5, 2020
As a longtime advocate for the arts and education, Diane Cho, principal at Quinn Evans, specializes in overseeing and delivering projects that reflect each client’s mission and unique program requirements.
Over the course of 35 years, Cho founded and grew Cho Benn Holback, one of the first women-owned architecture firms in Maryland, to become a major architectural powerhouse among public and private clients. Her acclaimed portfolio includes many theater, museum, and education projects, including complex adaptive use and renovation initiatives.
She is most proud of her firm, which was acquired in 2017 by Quinn Evans.
“With projects in the cultural, educational, and community realm, the focus has been on the creative re-use of aging, forgotten building stock, thereby creating lively new anchors for neighborhoods and the city at large. I would like to thank all the developers and institutions that took a chance on the firm and partnered with us to make a better Baltimore, whether downtown or in some of the city’s most challenging neighborhoods,” Cho said.
To Cho, her most successful projects include the Center for Matisse Studies at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore School of the Arts, the Jim Rouse Center at the American Visionary Art Museum, the Everyman Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage and the Creative Alliance.
“I consider projects within the cultural realm as my biggest success. Because I see the arts as a vital ingredient in the life of strong, vibrant cities, I have been so honored to have worked with many of Baltimore’s cultural institutions, helping them to expand their mission and reach a greater audience,” said Cho.