“Necessity is the mother of invention.”
COLLABORATE: With the design team and the client, we ensure the design process goes smoothly and the necessary resources are available so we achieve our project goals and objectives.
EXECUTE: We put the plan into action, or "gettin' it done," while discussing and collaborating with our team members throughout the project execution.
EVALUATE: By evaluating our effort, we ensure we stay on task, meet the project objectives, and provide the client with what they want. For us, it gives us time to reflect on the lessons learned from previous projects or phases within the current project.
Meet the Team
Derrick Adams, AIA, NCARB, NOMA
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Derrick A. Adams, AIA, NOMA, NCARB
After working for 20 years in the industry, Derrick started the ADG in 2010 during one of the worst economic recessions in recent history. He opened our company by formulating an untraditional practice using remote working and telecommuting staff. Using technology and other web-based communication tools, collaboration, and team building with other industry partners, Derrick was able to start, maintain, and grow the firm through the recession until today.
He participates in every aspect of the business and process of architecture, from business development and marketing to operations, design, and construction detailing and administration. He is the lead designer and director of the firm’s strategy, corporate direction, and architectural design. As lead designer, he relies on his creativity and design savvy, which has earned him four award-winning projects.
Derrick is a cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Howard University School of Architecture and Design and studied facilities management in the Facilities Management Certificate Program at George Washington University.
Since his graduation, Derrick has been a devoted and active community servant, working as a mentor to underserved youth in Baltimore; a lecturer and presenter for the Baltimore Architecture Foundation; a charter member of the Black Professional Men of Baltimore; a board member of Christmas in April; appointed commissioner on the Governor’s Maryland Greenways Commission; a member of the Board of Directors for Medstar Union Memorial Hospital, the Harry and Jenette Weinberg YMCA of Central Maryland, and the Babe Ruth and Sports Legends Museum; a selected member of the 2015 LEADERship program of the Greater Baltimore Committee; a guest speaker at the Morgan State University School of Architecture; and an active member of his church.
To maintain balance in his life, Derrick enjoys attending arts, cultural, and live music venues. As a former high school and college athlete, he enjoys attending amateur, college, and professional sporting events. In his spare time, Derrick is an elite girl’s travel softball coach, where he teaches young girls life lessons through softball in preparation for life as a collegiate student-athlete and good citizen.