Edmund P. Meade, PE, Dir. of Historic Preservation

PrincipalNew York

Professional Highlights

  • Master of Architectural History & Certificate in Historic Preservation, University of Virginia, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1986
  • Silman, 1989 – present
  • Higgins Gardner & Partners, (London) 1988
  • Watkins & Vitale Engineers, Inc., 1984 – 1985
  • National Institutes of Standards and Technology, 1983
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Civil Engineering Department, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Association for Preservation Technology International, Fellow
  • American Society for Testing and Materials, Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, Member
  • Association for Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter, Member
  • International Concrete Repair Institute, Member
  • Edmund P. Meade, APT Fellow, Association for Preservation Technology, College of Fellows, October 2012.
  • Edmund P. Meade, APTNE Board of Directors, Award for Service, February 3, 2012.
  • Edmund P. Meade and Nancy R. Hudson, Best Paper, Structural Faults and Repair 2010 Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, June 17, 2010.
  • Edmund P. Meade and Michael J. Mills, Oliver Torrey Fuller Award, APT Bulletin, The Association for Preservation Technology International, September 1997.

Professional Engineer: CT, NJ, NY, MA, ME, PA, RI, VA, VT, WY


Edmund Meade has managed many large preservation projects since joining the firm in 1989, ranging from the restoration of the New Jersey State House Dome to Columbia University’s Low Library. His current projects include the restoration and renovation of the Wyoming State Capitol and the evaluation of the Eastern Staircase at the New York State Capitol.

Mr. Meade has designed innovative structural solutions while preserving and maintaining the original architectural and structural elements. He has been instrumental in saving significant historic buildings-in the process giving them decades of new life and productive use. As Director of Preservation, Mr. Meade provides Silman’s staff of structural engineers with information and guidance in conjunction with their direct field experience. This enhances their knowledge of the historic preservation approach to older buildings. This permits our knowledge of existing buildings to be applied to new construction. Mr. Meade shares his understanding and expertise by lecturing at industry events across the US, Canada, and Europe.

Mr. Meade has worked on projects focusing on the historic preservation, stabilization, and/ or reuse of existing buildings. These projects have included numerous national historic landmarks. The range of his work includes the preservation of a five hundred year old stone church in Puerto Rico to the sensitive study and restoration of the wood structure of Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms in New Jersey. His experience has taught him to become an advocate for respect for historic materials, use of modern analysis techniques and materials, and the importance of a collaborative team approach to surveying, analyzing, designing repairs, and implementing repairs for existing buildings. His work has included use of advanced nondestructive evaluation techniques, sustainable design, and leading edge analysis, monitoring, and measuring techniques.