Areas of ExpertiseArchitecture/Professional Practice
B. Arch., University of Virginia M.A. University of Manchester
Gary Graham, FAIA is pleased to join the faculty of the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation as an Associate Professor of Architecture. He is an architect/educator/facilitator who, throughout his career, has made the profession of architecture of ever-increasing value to society. He is a practitioner who uses design to educate the public and serve the underserved; He is an educator who communicates our profession's values; and he is a facilitator who achieves community consensus through participatory problem solving.
As a practitioner, Mr. Graham’s design solutions evolve from the functional, cultural, and physical context unique to each situation. His approach engages an informed, enlightened, and involved community of users in the design process. His projects have been recognized with state, regional, and national Design Awards and publication in the national architectural press. In addition, he is a national leader in the movement to redefine the therapeutic environment. His energy and skill has resulted in the design our nations most forward-looking specialized medical facilities.
As an educator, he introduces his students to the “real world” of the practice environment. His coursework involves an optimistic dialogue about the aspects of professional life that are essential to achieve “Architecture”, from social and ethical responsibilities to project, business, and financial management. As a design critic, he combines creative idealism, with a pragmatic commitment to program, function, and integrated systems.
As a facilitator he has a unique ability to forge consensus out of chaos, fellowship out of conflict. His process leadership has been the catalyst that resolved community opposition; developed design guidelines; resolved interdisciplinary territorial conflicts; and established conditions for transformational change within the profession of architecture and numerous public and private organizations.
Mr. Graham received a B.ARCH from the University of Virginia, and a MA in Architecture from the University of Manchester (UK) where his dissertation was entitled: The Effects of the Tropical Environment upon the Hospital Building. He co-founded Graham/Meus Inc. Architects in Boston, and is currently the Director of GMIRI, the Rhode Island based branch of Graham/Meus. Prior to forming Graham/Meus, Mr. Graham was an Associate with Payette Associates, Inc. in Boston, and London, and a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Architect in Cali, Colombia.