New York-based architect James Stewart Polshek has been chosen to lead off the 1993 Spring Lecture Series sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He will talk about his work on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Other speakers in the series are Elizabeth Diller, April 13; Jorge Silvetti, April 27; a woman designer who goes by the name of Clodagh, May 11; and Hugh Hardy, May 25. All talks are held at the museum beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the series cost $50 for the general public and $40 for students and members of the museum, the AIA or Baltimore Architectural Foundation. Tickets for individual talks are $10 at the door.
Only series tickets will be sold before the first lecture. Individual tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the lecture, if still available. More information is available from the AIA at 625-2585.
The AIA is also holding its Second Annual Watercolor Exhibit, highlighting the diverse use of watercolor to express both architectural and aesthetic themes, through March 28 at the AIA Gallery, 11 1/2 W. Chase St. in Mount Vernon. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Land use seminar
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Home Builders Association of Maryland are co-sponsoring the Maryland Land Use Seminar, a guide to local land use laws and the federal and state environmental controls that govern the development process in Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore.
The seminar will be held twice: at the Ramada Inn, BWI Airport, 7253 Parkway Drive in Hanover, Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon, and at the Marriott Hotel Greenbelt, 6400 Ivy Lane in Greenbelt, March 23 from 8 a.m. to noon.
The cost is $50 for members of either group and $60 for nonmembers. For more information, call 576-5090.
Turf Valley Overlook
* Robert Awalt Builders recently held a grand opening for its Carter Grove model at Turf Valley Overlook, a community of four- and five-bedroom executive homes off U.S. 40 West, next to the Turf Valley Country Club in Howard County.
* Mount Bay Homes of Ellicott City recently opened Hanovers Grant, a community of detached homes off U.S. 1 and Hanover Road in the Elkridge section of Howard County. Prices start below $150,000 for the three- and four-bedroom homes, which have between 1,400 and 2,100 square feet of space.
* M. Jay Brodie, executive director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp., will be the featured speaker in "The Hopkins Forum on Real Estate Development Issues" Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Saratoga streets. The cost to the public is $20 per person.
* Carey Winston, a Washington-based commercial real estate firm, recently arranged the placement of $3.3 million in permanent financing for the FILA Distribution Center, a 161,000-square-foot industrial building in Baltimore's Holabird Industrial Park, 6300 Beckley St. Belt's Holabird Limited Partnership of Baltimore received the loan from Allstate Life Insurance Co. Stephen Rozga, vice president of Carey Winston's Commercial Properties Finance Division, arranged for the financing.
* The Washington office of Insignia Mortgage and Investment Co. has arranged a $5 million loan for the 516-unit Bonnie Ridge Apartments at 4 Wytchwood Court in Baltimore. The Prudential Insurance Co. of America, through its PruExpress Program, was the lender.
* Janice A. Weisel recently joined Gilbert D. Marsiglia & Co. as a sales associate.