Having practiced as a registered architect for over thirty years, AxD principal Ed Barnhart has accrued extensive experience and awards, worked for internationally recognized architectural firms, practiced on three continents, traveled extensively, and renovated and designed houses for his own family. It is the following experience that Ed brings to every new project:

Professional Experience; Firms and Key Projects

Always by Design ARCHITECTURE; Philadelphia, PA Sole Practitioner; 2005-present

  • Numerous single-family primary and seasonal residences Maine to Virginia
  • Regional Headquarters of the National Electrical Contractors Association King of Prussia, PA
  • Haas Archive and office renovations for the Chemical Heritage Foundation Philadelphia, PA
  • Conservation lab & library renovations for American Philosophical Society Philadelphia, PA

Purdy O’Gwynn Barnhart Architects; Philadelphia, PA Principal; 1999-2005

  • Master plan and Ullyot Addition for the Chemical Heritage Foundation Philadelphia, PA
  • Hintz Family Alumni Center for Penn State University Collegeville, PA

Marianna Thomas Architects; Philadelphia, PA Senior Associate; 1995-1999

  • Additions and Renovations to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Winston-Salem, NC
  • Renovations to College Hall and Logan Hall at University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

Venturi Scott Brown and Associates; Philadelphia, PA Associate; 1987-1995

  • Comprehensive renovations to The Barnes Foundation Marion, PA
  • Oedo Onsen Monogatari Nikko Kirifuri (Hotel) Nikko-Kirifuri, Japan
  • Stevenson Addition to the Bard College Library Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  • Sainsbury Addition to the National Gallery of Art London, England

Michael Lustig and Associates; Chicago, IL Project Manager; 1986-1987

  • Rintel Residence Chicago, IL
  • Additions to Philbrook Museum of Art Tulsa, OK

Bohlin Powell Larkin Cywinski; Philadelphia, PA Senior Designer; 1983-1986

  • Equestrian ICU & Neonatal Wings at University of Pennsylvania New Bolton, PA
  • Squadron Operations Building for US Department of the Navy Willow Grove, PA
  • Veterans Administration Dining Hall Coatesville, PA
  • Terminal Building at the Harrisburg International Airport Harrisburg, PA

Crozier Philippi & Associates; Albany, NY Architectural Intern; 1982-1983

  • Public Housing Rehabilitation projects Albany, Poughkeepsie and Schenectady, NY
  • Hudson Avenue historical house rehabilitation Albany, NY

Barnhart Construction; Clifton Park, NY Cabinet-maker; 1981

  • Full custom kitchen, including cabinets and counters Clifton Park, NY

Center for Architectural Research (R.P.I.); Troy, NY Model Builder; 1980

  • Passive Solar Visitor Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY

Graham Williams, Architect; Troy, NY Architectural Intern; 1979

  • Condominium conversion of Troy Public School Troy, NY

Edward A. Barnhart Design-Build; Clifton Park, NY Builder; 1978

  • Various interior renovations and new decks Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady Counties

Stewart, Teele Mitchell Builders; Clifton Park, NY Draftsman; 1973-1977

  • Numerous custom single-family homes Saratoga County, NY

Jim Leighton, Builder; Clifton Park, NYLaborer; 1972

  • Alguire Geodesic Dome House Clifton Park, NY


Bachelor of Architecture; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1982
Bachelor of Building Science; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1982
Studies Abroad:
    Rome, Italy; Trastevre Housing 1981 (Fall Semester)
    Copenhagen, Denmark; Co-housing Design 1981 (Spring Semester)

Professional Licenses and Affiliations

Registered Architect: New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey and Virginia

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1982-present
  • AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 2015-present
  • AIA Philadelphia Chapter Design Committee; Chair 2009-2011
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certification 1987


Visited for either work or pleasure: 46 of the United States, half of the Provinces of Canada, Honduras, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Bali, Japan, Morocco, England, Scotland and Saint Lucia.

Community Service:

Neziner Court Condominium Owners Association; Treasurer 2019-present;
President 2013-2016; Vice President 2009-2012

Cape May Point Taxpayers Association; Board Member 2019-present
Visiting Design Critic at Schools of Architecture: Drexel University, Parsons School of Design, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, Philadelphia University, Spring Garden College and Temple University.
Design Competition Juror: 2010 Artimide Lighting competition, 2009 CANstruction design competition, and 2007 New Hampshire AIA Chapter Design Awards.