WALTON . MADDEN . COOPER . ROBINSON . PONESS, INC
WALTON . MADDEN . COOPER . ROBINSON . PONESS, INC
Walton Madden Cooper Robinson Poness, Inc provides professional and architectural design and planning services to the Mid-Atlantic region. Founded in 1950, the firm has experience with a wide range of building types including commercial, education, government, and institutional.
WMCRP is a multi-disciplinary design firm offering a wide range of professional services both to public and private clients. Our staff includes in-house specialists in architecture, planning and urban design, landscape design, interior architecture, and graphics. The carefully structured interaction of our professional team enables us to meet design challenges in a comprehensive way with due regard for aesthetic, environmental, functional and budgetary considerations.
Our goals for every project are to achieve excellence in design and to fully meet the unique needs of each client.
WALTON AND MADDEN (1953-1969)
The offices of Walton and Madden were originally located at 3510 Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier and the firm produced both Modern and colonial/classical revival work in Prince George's County. Walton was responsible for the firm's traditional architecture and Madden the contemporary. Walton and Madden evolved from the firm Kea, Ross and Walton, which was changed to Ross and Walton when Paul Kea left the partnership in 1941. The firm became Ross, Walton and Madden in 1950 with the addition of partner Dennis William Madden who had joined the firm in 1946. It became Walton and Madden in 1953 with the retirement from the partnership of R. Webster Ross. Occupying offices at 6201 Riverdale Road, Riverdale by 1969, Walton and Madden Architects, Cooper and Auerbach. (John M. Walton and Associates was located in Arlington, Virginia and the majority of the firm's work was undertaken there.) The firm continues today as WMCRP Architects with offices in Greenbelt.
SELECT MIDCENTURY-MODERN WORKS
1956 Citizen's Bank of Maryland | 1961 Salvation Army Corps Community Center, |1963 WSSC Addition | 1964 Hyattsville Library | 1968 Greenbelt Library
Maryland Society of the American Institute of Architects: Merit Award for Architectural Excellence
Metropolitan Washington and Virginia Chapters of Associate Builders and Contractors: Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Construction
The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture and Faith and Forum Magazine: Millennium Design Award for Religious Architecture
Washington Chapter, American Institute of Architects: Preservation Awards Program
Ms. Dixon is a licensed architect with more than 20 years of experience involving various building types and facilities. She has been involved in every stage of the construction process and has experience in educational, commercial, residential and government projects. A graduate of Howard University’s School of Architecture, Ms. Dixon continued her secondary education at UCLA, matriculating with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, with a focus on Housing and Community Development.
During her career, Kathy has worked on a number of educational facilities in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. She spent several years working on national contracts with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) including Potomac TRACON and several Air Traffic Control (ARTCC) facilities. Prior to moving to government and institutional projects, she worked four years with McDonald’s Corporation developing new restaurants, site planning, designing commercial kitchens, and creating child oriented play areas. Most recently, Ms. Dixon designed civic facilities and faith-based institutions including fire stations, churches, family life centers, schools and senior housing. Ms. Dixon has been certified by the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Program (LEED AP), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), as well as CSI’s Certified Documents Technologist (CDT) program. She is licensed in Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Mike is responsible for coordinating and directing architectural design services for the firm. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in architectural design, land development planning and urban design. As Design Principal, Mr. Poness has been responsible for a wide variety of projects, including educational facilities, churches, hotels, and office buildings. His work has earned design awards from a number of national, state and local organizations. He has appeared as an expert witness before the Planning Boards, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission in Washington, D.C., Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties. He is registered to practice architecture in the State of Maryland, Registration No. 3650-A (1977), and in the state of Virginia, Registration No. 008994. Mike is a ceramics specialist and teaches pottery design in his spare time.
As Director of Design, Mr. Whaples is responsible for all phases of architectural design. Dave has over 20 years experience in the practice of architecture with WMCRP and is registered to practice in the State of Maryland under Registration No. 9409. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Master of Architecture degree. David is a long time resident of Greenbelt and is actively involved in positions of leadership within the community.
Kevin’s responsibilities include project design development in conjunction with the Design Department and preparation of contract documents on specific projects. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the development of architectural projects at WMCRP, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and is registered to practice architecture in the District of Columbia, Registration No. 706004832. Kevin is an avid game designer and creator of Conquest of Paradise board game.
Jim is responsible for the preparation of contract documents and construction phase services for various projects. He has 36 years of experience in the general practice of architecture with over 30 years at WMCRP, Inc. Mr. Giokas is also experienced in photography, building code compliance and technical writing. He is registered to practice architecture in the District of Columbia, Registration No. 706004066, Virginia Registration No. 0401 012136, and the State of Maryland, Registration No. 8980-A. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. In addition James has experience as a professional photographer and as a technical writer. Jim’s interests also include historic preservation and restoring classic cars.
Mary Etzwiler has been the office manager and bookkeeper for WMCRP for nearly 20 years. She is originally from Upstate NY and loves skiing, sailing, and antiquing. Mary has two children and a granddaughter and loves to travel. In her spare time she participates in the visiting seniors program with her rescued handicapped puppy named Maggie.
Art directs the preparation of all construction drawings and specifications by the technical staff of the firm. He has more than 30 years professional experience in feasibility/planning studies, value engineering, architectural design, and the production of contract documents. Mr. Robinson's architectural experience encompasses design and production for a variety of projects including: schools, churches, attached and detached housing, mid-rise apartment buildings, office buildings, and retail centers. In addition to his architectural production activities, Mr. Robinson has been involved in a number of physical planning studies related to zoning, development feasibility potential, and space use programming. He is a graduate of Howard University and is registered to practice architecture in the State of Maryland, Registration No. 3324-A (1075) and in the District of Columbia, Registration No. 5745.
Karl L. Moody brings over 20 years of executive level corporate experience to the WMCRP Board of Directors. He has served as CEO of Global Technologies Group, Inc. and Assertive Industries, Inc. Mr. Moody is an alumnus of Howard University School of Architecture. Mr. Moody’s knowledge of the two languages “architecture” and “business” meld into dynamic synergy which gives him direct insight into the demands and opportunities WMCRP's business model.
Pamela Colbert is a technologist for a data management consultancy where she is responsible for building out the data management and data governance practice with a focus on SAS data. A former McKinsey & Company research associate, Pam has strong expertise in building data management assessments, frameworks for data governance (commercial and retail) and model risk data governance. Pam is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and earned a B.A. in Economics. She is a Wharton Fellow and has a Certificate from Stanford's Graduate School of Business/Engineering School in Strategic Planning for CTOs.
Timothy A. Kephart brings over 20 years of business experience providing audit and consulting solutions for Fortune 500 companies like Equifax, General Dynamics, KRAFT Foods, Sun Microsystems and many others. Mr. Kephart is an alumnus of University of Rochester with degrees in Economics and Political Science and he brings a long track record of entrepreneurial success as co-founder of American Sports Media, Global Technologies Group and American Small Business Network.
John Arnold has over 30 years of national and international experience in the production of TV commercials, programming and films. He formed Arnold & Associates which became recognized as a premier creative company, winning every major advertising and film award. He brings a unique perspective and creative genius to the board of directors. John has a Master of Arts in Communications from Loyola-Marymount University.