When: Friday, June 11 / 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Organizer: Baltimore Architecture Foundation

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Camden Yards: Greatest Ballpark in America

Janet Marie Smith will discuss the design of Camden Yards and how this influential ballpark came to be.

This program is hosted on Zoom. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact ndennies@aiabalt.com. If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present the Virtual Histories Series: 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Hosted every Friday at 1:00 pm EST. This special program is hosted in partnership with the George Peabody Library.

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Camden Yards made it to the semifinals of BAF’s Architecture Madness tournament, which included 64 exceptional Baltimore buildings built between 1870 and today, hosted in celebration of AIA Baltimore‚Äôs 150th anniversary. We’ll explore what makes Camden Yards one of the top ballparks in the world.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards consistently ranks among the top ballparks in the world, and has had a profound influence on ballpark design since it opened in 1992. The design broke away from the idea that stadiums should be on the outskirts of cities surrounded by massive parking lots. Instead, Camden Yards was placed near the heart of Downtown and designed to complement its historic surroundings and incorporates the site of Camden Station with the 1905 B&O Warehouse. Camden Yards ushered in the trend for retro ballpark design and demonstrated that the best stadiums are those that are integrated into the urban fabric of the city.

Janet Marie Smith is best known in baseball for her work on Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which set the standard for a new wave of ballparks after its opening in 1992. Smith worked for the Orioles from 1989-94 as vice president of planning and development during the design and construction of the park. She later re-joined the club from 2009-12 to direct renovations and expansion of the Orioles’ spring training facility in Sarasota, FL., and upgrades to Camden Yards.From 2002-2009, Smith served as senior vice president of planning and development for the Boston Red Sox, overseeing the preservation and expansion of Fenway Park. Smith was president of Turner Sports and Entertainment Development and vice president of planning and development for the Atlanta Braves from 1994-2000, when she helped transform the 1996 Olympic Stadium into Turner Field and she oversaw the development of the Philips Arena, then home to the NBA Hawks and NHL Thrashers.

Outside of baseball, Smith has worked on development projects including Battery Park City in New York, unfulfilled plans for Pershing Square in LA, redevelopment of former industrial buildings on Baltimore’s waterfront as well as renovation plans for the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, CA.

Smith holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Mississippi State University and a masters’ in urban planning from City College of New York. In 2017, Smith was the Edward P. Bass Visiting Professor at Yale University School of Architecture. A native of Jackson, Miss., Smith resides in Baltimore with her husband, Bart Harvey, and has three children. Smith is currently the Executive Vice President Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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