Ed is a Principal and Director of Preservation, and he has been with the firm since 1989. As Director of Preservation, he provides guidance on our approach to the historic preservation, stabilization, and reuse of existing buildings, including national historic landmarks. Ed has been instrumental in, and an advocate for, saving significant historic buildings and giving them decades of new life and productive use.
In his time at Silman, Ed has designed innovative structural solutions for existing buildings while preserving and maintaining their original architectural and structural elements. A few notable recent projects he has managed include the restoration of the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne, WY; Pershing Barracks at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY; the Knickerbocker Club in New York, NY; and the evaluation of Queen Darejan Palace in the Republic of Georgia. Ed has also led the restoration teams responding to the need to structurally upgrade 20th century architectural icons including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY.
Ed has both a respect for historic materials and for using modern analysis techniques and materials, which has led him to embrace a collaborative team approach to surveying, analyzing, designing, and implementing repairs for existing buildings. His work often includes the use of advanced non-destructive evaluation techniques, sustainable design, monitoring, measuring techniques, and leading-edge structural analysis techniques. A significant portion of his practice involves the forensic evaluation and design of structural repairs to the exterior envelopes of both 19th and 20th century buildings, including load bearing masonry structures and more recent curtain wall buildings.
Outside of the firm, Ed shares his expertise by lecturing at industry events across the US, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe, and through mentoring and teaching the next generation of preservationists.