ABS Profile

John Alt and Scarlett Breeding opened their architectural practice in 1987 with the goal of providing a new level of distinctive residential and commercial design services in the Chesapeake Bay region. Jay Schwarz, a practicing architect in the Annapolis-Baltimore area since 1978, joined the firm in 1997. Since the merger, they have completed over $900 million in new construction and adaptive re-use projects which have received numerous design awards and recognition. Backed by a talented staff of eleven architects, interior and kitchen designers, each principal contributes a unique and special set of skills, resulting in a surprising range of design solutions and project services. Jay is a leading expert in guiding projects through the often difficult process of permits and approvals, and is lead principal for commercial project construction documents, LEED certifications, and large-building construction management. John is the concept designer for many projects in their formative stages, and also takes the lead on large-scale planning efforts. Scarlett is the principal-in-charge for residential, interior design, kitchens, custom cabinetry, and commercial interiors. Under her leadership, ABS has become one of the most highly regarded—and comprehensive—residential design services on the East Coast.