Quality Architecture in Westminster & Carroll County, Maryland

Dean Camlin ArchitectThe architectural design firm of Dean Robert Camlin & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1977 by Melvin Arbaugh with the intent of providing a full range of architectural services for educational, commercial, governmental, industrial, religious, and residential buildings–for new construction, restorations, and renovations. In the years since then we have not specialized in any single type of building project. Instead we prefer to remain as architectural generalists, offering personalized service and quick response for both local clients and those outside of Carroll County.

Mr. Camlin joined the firm in 1982 as an intern project manager. Under Mr. Arbaugh’s direction his responsibilities gradually increased to encompass every aspect of building design and construction review. In 1986 Mr. Camlin qualified for and passed the Architect Registration Exam. He purchased the firm in 1991 from Mr. Arbaugh.

In addition to holding his architectural license in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia, Mr. Camlin is a member of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 2008 he also became a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional. Both of these have additional continuing educational requirements beyond the minimum required to maintain the state licenses. Mr. Camlin is an adjunct instructor at Carroll Community College, teaching courses in architectural design and building information modeling.

From the beginning our company has been committed to offering creative, energy-efficient and cost-effective planning and design, delivered on schedule. Our reputation of offering personal, high quality professional service has allowed our firm to prosper. Our greatest satisfaction is the recommendations and referrals of highly-satisfied clients.

Now entering our 33rd year of operation we welcome the opportunity to provide architectural services from conception and master planning through design development, construction documents and administration of the construction contract. We are proud of our past accomplishments. We believe that design is problem-solving, but the solution must be one that goes beyond simply housing a function. The best solution provides the most pleasure and utility to the client, the user, and the community through a balanced and responsible application of resources.


My grandfather, Robert C. Camlin, was an architectural draftsman for the Pennsylvania Railroad. One of his great regrets was that he never became licensed as an architect. I recall poring over his blueprints when I would visit as a child, and intuitively understanding the passenger terminals and other buildings they described. Thus in sixth grade I decided I wanted to become an architect, and in 1977 graduated from Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. I use my middle name in the business name in homage to my grandfather’s legacy and inspiration.

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