Ed McGraw is founding partner and chief executive officer of Syracuse-based Ashley McGraw Architects. He is a nationally recognized authority on sustainability and high-performance buildings, and speaks frequently on the subject. Among the organizations he has addressed are the American Institute of Architects National Convention, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, New York State Green Building Conference, Council of School Superintendents, and School Boards Association, and the Eastern Region of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators.
Ed’s commitment to architecture that is both responsible and innovative is evident throughout the firm’s portfolio in the educational, civic, residential, and science/tech sectors. At the AIA-award-winning MacArthur Elementary School, the resilient structure and site work in tandem to educate students and the community about local ecosystems. Nuthatch Hollow, a project in progress for Binghamton University, is being designed to Living Building Challenge standards; this environmental research center will be one of only 13 buildings in the world to achieve that status. For the Bethlehem Central School District, Ed is reinventing learning spaces to reflect how new technologies have shaped pedagogy.
Ed is a trained and experienced Regenerative Development facilitator utilizing the LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems) Framework for Regenerative Development. A member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional, he holds a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in business from SUNY Binghamton.
“We believe that a habitable future depends on mutually beneficial relationships between human-made and natural systems. If we’re going to survive as a species and as a planet, we’ve got to get that right. It’s something that’s far larger than architecture; it drives how we live, how we think, how we practice our craft.” —Ed McGraw