Preservation Maryland Women’s Suffrage History Project

Preservation Maryland is working on documenting the places where Maryland women gathered, organized, planned, met, protested, marched and rallied under their Women’s Suffrage History Project campaign. ENCORE's Nakita Reed discusses how this movement impact women in architecture. 

This campaign was part of #GivingTuesday, where donations helped to identify, document and protect places that hosted pivotal moments of Maryland Suffragists and their right to vote.  Although #GivingTuesday is over, it's never too late to donate to the cause. Go to

In advance of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Preservation Maryland is raising funds to support the Maryland Women's Suffrage History Project. Give now at: When you support this project, you'll join a chorus of Marylanders, including architect Nakita Reed, co-founder and owners of Encore Sustainable Design,, in helping correct the historical record - and making sure that the impact of Maryland Suffragists is forgotten no longer!

Making Historic Residences Sustainable

On Tuesday, November 28, ENCORE presented Sustainable + Historic – Intertwined Ideologies at the District Architecture Center. Organized by The Capital Area CRAN Committee, Nakita discussed a high-level view of the two disciplines and provided tangible take-aways for improving energy efficiency in historic buildings. The session focused on historic homes and understanding practical ways to improve energy efficiency without sacrificing character.

Maryland State Historic Tax Credit Winners Announced

Encore is very proud that our application for the Belnord Theater project resulted in the project being awarded $2 Million+ in state historic tax credits. Congratulations to all the winners and to the entire CASA de Maryland team: JRS Architects & Burdette Koehler Murphy & Associates. For more information, click on link below:

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Overlapping Concepts of Historic Preservation and Sustainability

The concepts of sustainability and historic preservation are ultimately concerned with how our current actions will effect the lives of future generations.  Both are concerned with a sense of loss - cultural or environmental - that may be felt by our collective descendants.

One of the reasons we started this company is because there's an unfortunate misconception that historic buildings cannot be sustainable. The myth is that it is 'better' (environmentally) to demolish a historic building and replace it with a newer one containing lots of high performing technology. This scenario rarely takes into account the damage the demolition would do to the cultural fabric of a place or the negative environmental impacts caused by the demolition.  

With more than 275 billion square feet of existing building stock contributing to the consumption of energy in the US, it is crucial that we continue to improve the energy efficiency of existing and historic buildings if there is any hope of meeting the energy reduction targets set by the Architecture 2030 challenge.

Existing and historic buildings possess the silent power to connect the past to the future. Not every building is worth saving but serious consideration of the environmental and cultural impacts of the demolition of a historic building must be taken prior to their demolition. 


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Celebrating Women in Architecture and Real Estate

September was a celebration of Women in Architecture in Washington, DC. Nakita Reed of Encore Sustainable Design attended the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit’s Opening Reception, the WIDEA (Women Inspiring Design, Equity in Architecture) Events, as well as AAREP’s (African American Real Estate Professionals) session called Meet the Women “What It’s Really Like Being a Woman in Commercial Real Estate”

Reed also had the pleasure of introducing Roberta Washington, FAIA at the Black Women in Architecture Brunch lecture titled Hidden Figures in Architecture.  This lecture gave the historical account of the numerous African American Women who worked as licensed architects or as lead designers in the architecture profession.

"I learned more about the impact of black women in the field of architecture through this one hour lecture than I did in all of my formal education.  I knew of Norma Merrick Sklarek but didn't know of the numerous women before her", said Reed. 

 Nakita Reed at AAREP Event

Nakita Reed at AAREP Event

 Nakita Reed introducing Roberta Washington FAIA at the Black Women in Architecture Brunch

Nakita Reed introducing Roberta Washington FAIA at the Black Women in Architecture Brunch

ENCORE Webinar on Historic Tax Credits

Hosted by Preservation Maryland, Nakita & Ward led a webinar on the historic tax credits available at the state and federal level.   This webinar gives a quick overview of historic tax credits, the application process and tips to make your application process seamless. 

Locals learn about historic tax credit programs

Locals learn about historic tax credit programs

Residents and business owners in Chestertown's historic district learned how they could take advantage of both state and federal tax credit programs during a workshop May 10.. The workshop was led by architects Nakita Reed and Ward Bucher of Encore Sustainable Design. Reed, who serves on the Preservation Maryland board, said this is the third historic tax credit workshop held on the Eastern Shore.