Everett Schram, AIA, is the president and founder of his Baltimore-based firm, J. E. Schram Architect, LLC. While growing up in South Louisiana, he was drawn to the heritage architecture that defines the area. His interest was encouraged and reinforced by traveling across the state to visit historic homes and plantations. He also spent time in homes by the esteemed A. Hays Town, which further inspired his lifelong architectural passion. Today, Everett and his family live in an Olmsted Brothers-designed neighborhood in Baltimore that epitomizes the garden city moment and Maryland’s iconic architectural styles.
Everett received his Professional Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana Tech University. He also had the opportunity to study urban planning in London and classical architecture at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) in New York. Everett acquired a deep working knowledge of mixed-use development and the principles of New Urbanism in a range of densities, scales, and locations. Employment and mentorship followed at the Washington, DC, firm of Franck & Lohsen Architects where the values of classical architecture became the focus before Everett spent the better part of a decade as the Village Architect of Walnut Grove TND in his hometown of Lake Charles, LA. His collective professional experience not only informs his practice today, but also community-minded priorities such as serving on the Historic Homeland Architecture Review Committee and his volunteer participation (2006-09) on the boards of the ICAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter and Build DC, an organization that aims to develop the next 100-year-plan in the classical tradition for the city of Washington.
Throughout Everett’s life, he has been influenced by the simple, elegant, vernacular architecture of different regions. The Creole and Acadian buildings of his youth, the Cotswold architecture of the British countryside, the revival architecture of the mid-Atlantic, and Hays Town’s own inventive version of Louisiana vernacular all move him deeply. To Everett, there is something alluring about buildings that seem rooted to their place: it is an essence that is timeless and feels right at home where it resides.
Growing up in a large, Southern family and having a family of his own made him fully appreciate the importance of traditions – both in upholding them and appreciating their value – as an integral part of an enriched and rewarding life. He gives credence to the notion that places, smells, surroundings that look or feel a certain way, can evoke cherished memories, forever tying you to a place, wherever it may be. Creating places that feel as if they have always been there is what inspires Everett’s philosophy. To that end, Everett founded J. E. Schram Architect, LLC in 2013 to design within the context of his guiding principles.