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schamu-walterWalter Schamu

President
SM+P Architects Inc.

When Walter Schamu first moved to Baltimore from Philadelphia in 1976, he was amazed by the city and its rich architectural heritage. He believes getting to know the city you work in is a crucial part of a person’s career and encourages the next generation of business and legal leaders to do so.

“I think for architects to be successful in your own city and environs, the city’s past and especially its architectural past is a baseline of information you need to possess before you begin to design anew,” he said.

The University of Pennsylvania graduate began Walter Schamu and Associates in 1982 focusing on residential work.

Schamu’s father-in-law once told him, “Get the best people. Give them the tools they need and get out of their way so they can do their job.” It is a philosophy he has followed throughout his career.

Nearly 40 years later, the firm is now known as SM+P Architects Inc. with a hands-on focus to designing thoughtful, appealing and functional spaces for clients in a wide range of industries including restaurants, schools, laboratories, private clubs and residences. Schamu serves as president.

“We have been fortunate to have played a design and reconstruction role in some of the city’s and state’s most celebrated buildings such as the B&O Roundhouse, the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Alex Brown Building and the Peale Museum,” he said. “My hope is that we are well-positioned to press on for another 40 years with the great staff of architects we have.”

Get the best people. Give them the tools they need and get out of their way so they can do their job.”

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