Greg Torchio


  • Gregory D. Torchio, AIA, LEED AP
  • President
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The son of a builder, Greg grew up in South Jersey with a hammer in his hand. His love of building led him to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture degree which started at Pratt Institute and ended at Ball State University in 1980. He started his career as a design-builder during college and continued after graduation. Soon after school he worked with and eventually became a partner in Jersey Devil, a well known design/build group. The early projects, mostly residential, explored unconventional uses of conventional materials, alternative energy and timber framing.

Since those days of personally building every design, Greg’s practice expanded and he began designing buildings for others to build. This allowed him to serve many more clients on well over 600 projects. Over the years he has designed houses, churches, funeral homes, factories, golf course buildings, offices, stores, hotels, restaurants, schools, warehouses and daycare centers. His work has appeared in many publications including Architecture magazine, Fine Home building, Time, House Beautiful, Dwell, and Chesapeake Home.

Greg is licensed in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He was the president of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and secretary of the Maryland Society of Architects. He also is a past president of the Centreville Rotary Club and creator of the Centreville Rotary House, a transitional shelter for victims of domestic violence. Greg volunteers his time as committee chairman for Bay Area Young Life and is the drummer for The Sower Ministry and Reigning Mercy, praise and worship teams at Centreville United Methodist Church.

Greg continues to build with his hands, although mostly on Hoohonka, the award winning home that he shares with his wife Phyllis just outside of Centreville, Maryland.

Notable Achievements

Eastern Shore 2010 Achievement Award for Excellence in Downtown Redevelopment
for Penn Station, Centreville, Maryland from Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Merit Award for Architectural Excellence 2005
for Hoohonka, Centreville, Maryland from AIA Chesapeake Bay

Award of Outstanding Achievement, 2005
Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning

Citizen of the Year 2007,
Centreville Rotary Club

Merit Award for Architectural Excellence 2008
for Torchio Building, Centreville, Maryland from AIA Chesapeake Bay

Honor Award for Architectural Excellence 2008
for Radcliffe Mill, Chestertown, Maryland from AIA Chesapeake Bay

2009 Project Excellence Award
for Radcliffe Mill, Chestertown, Maryland from Maryland Historical Trust

2009 Citation Award for Excellence in Design
for Torchio Building from AIA Maryland

2015 Merit Award for Architectural Excellence
Alvhem, Centreville, Maryland from AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter



Greg Torchio


  • Jo Anne Baker-Gebelein, AIA
  • Vice President
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Jo Anne was born and raised in Centreville, Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1992, and interned at Torchio Architects while in school in 1991. Upon graduation, Jo Anne began working in Annapolis, where she specialized in church architecture. During this period, she completed her apprenticeship and received her license in 1999. Jo Anne is licensed in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

She returned to Torchio Architects as a project architect in August 2000. In 2004, Jo Anne became a partner in Torchio Architects and received the title of Vice President in recognition of her hard work and dedication to the firm. She remains a vital member of the design team. Jo Anne is a member of both the Maryland and Chesapeake Bay chapters of the AIA, and is an active supporter of South River High School Field Hockey Team, Storm Chasers Field Hockey Club and Anne Arundel County Young Life. She lives in Edgewater, Maryland with her family, where she attends Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Notable Achievements

2013 Merit Award for Architectural Excellence
for St.Paul's Episcopal Church, Centreville, Maryland from AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter

2015 Honor Award for Architectural Excellence & Peoples Choice Award
for Wye River Upper School, Centreville, Maryland from AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter