People are our foundation.

The BCA team is comprised of a diverse group of intelligent, imaginative, resourceful individuals who provide a broad spectrum of industry experience. Each team member brings distinct ideas and approaches to the table. Our staff members are well-rounded, accomplished professionals who achieve high architectural standards and place equal attention to client satisfaction as they do to the smallest details of their design projects.

Our firm was established in 1972 under the name Thomas Munroe Nichols, P.A. Ten years after the establishment of the practice in 1982, Mark Banta joined the practice. Five short years later in 1987, Michael Campbell joined Mark Banta and Tom Nichols to build the firm’s skills and reach. Our name changed to Banta Campbell Architects, Inc. in 1997 with an ownership transition. To this day, we continue the traditions started in 1972: a passion for architectural excellence and distinctive service to our clients.

Principals Mark Banta and Michael Campbell together have over 65 years of cumulative experience in creating, designing, and managing timeless, sustainable, successful, distinguished architectural design solutions. Principals Mark and Michael’s varied experiences and strengths serve to complement each other, creating a cohesive approach for our clients, contractors, and consultants.

We strive to establish and build long term relationships with our clients, as much of our success can be attributed to repeat clients and third party references from these relationships.


Mark D. Banta
Mark D. Banta has over thirty years of experience designing buildings, spaces, and master plans that continue to be as successful as they are aesthetically pleasing. Mark is a firm believer in building strong relationships on the foundations of trust, innovation, and uncompromised integrity. Mark has utilized these teaming skills towards designing over two hundred completed buildings and more than six million square feet of building design, land planning, and space planning. The large team leadership ability Mark has demonstrated over his career with his attention to detail has allowed clients to count on BCA to successfully deliver projects on time and in budget.

Mark is a graduate of the Leadership Howard County Program, and is an active supporter in the fundraising efforts for the United Way of Central Maryland and the Boy Scouts of America. He also sits on the American Red Cross’ Chesapeake Region Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Community Resilience Committee.

Mark Banta is a registered Architect with licensure in the states of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

Michael W. Campbell
Recently Retired
Michael W. Campbell has over thirty-five years of experience designing and managing a diverse portfolio of projects. Michael leads the sustainable design efforts within BCA, and is the primary contact for the firm’s membership with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). He obtained his LEED AP accreditation in 2009. Michael is also the primary Principal of the firm’s educational design efforts with over thirty completed K-12 projects.

Michael delivers client service only matched by his successful designs. He always has been and remains actively involved in every stage of all of his projects. Trust and integrity are key components to his practical approach to client, consultant and contractor relationships as well as the projects. Michael leads the design team by what is characterized as “directed consensus”.

Michael has mentored high school and college students interested in the architectural field. Other community involvements have included a volunteer volleyball coaching position at a local High School for 13 years. Michael has also held various active leadership roles at his church for the past 25 years. Much of Michael’s work ethic and life tenets were developed as an active youth achieving Eagle Scout and Vigil honor in the Order of the Arrow.

Michael Campbell is a registered Architect with licensure in Maryland and Texas.