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Profile of the American architecture firm Ayers/Saint/Gross, led by Adam Gross, Richard Ayers and James Wheeler.

Profile of Ayers/Saint/Gross

Business Name
United States


Adam Gross

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University, 1978
  • Design Studio, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, 1976

Richard A. Ayers

  • Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1969
  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1966

James Wheeler

  • Master of Architecture, Washington University, 1982
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado, 1977


Ayers/Saint/Gross is internationally-recognized for excellence in planning, architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture. Our clients include renowned institutions, public agencies, corporations, and developers worldwide.

Our staff of over 135 professionals includes architects, landscape architects, urban planners, interior designers, graphic designers, and digital illustrators. Our diverse experience encompasses urban design, environmental analysis, master and site planning, architecture, visualization and landscape design, documentation, and construction administration for a broad range of projects.

ASG's mission is to provide outstanding planning to guide the growth of campuses, towns, and cities, as well as thoughtful building and landscape designs. ASG's design philosophy is based upon the premise that the principles guiding the physical design and character of a place or institution are the same as those affecting its mission. What can be said of the physical design can also be said of the program components; that is, the dynamic of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


  • Founded: 1917
  • Offices: 3
  • Design team: 130

Key projects

  • Vedanta University, Master Plan, Orissa, India, 2012
  • Harvard University Allston Development, Campus Plan, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2010
  • University of Notre Dame, Campus Plan, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, 2002
  • Johns Hopkins University, Campus Plan, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2006
  • Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), Washington, DC, USA 2005
  • The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello Visitor and Smith History Center, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 2008
  • Baltimore Development Corporation, Pratt Street Design Concept, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • South Asia International Institute, Sylvan International Universities, Campus Master Plan, Hyderabad, India, 2005 (phase I) & 2009 (phase II)
  • Guangzhou University City, Campus Master Plan, Xiaoguwei Island, China
  • Historic City of Atturaif, Living Museum Visitor Reception Center & Footbridge, Addiriyah, Saudi Arabia, 2009

Key publications

  • Communities of Opportunity: Smart Growth Strategies for Colleges & Universities, NACUBO report co-authored by ASG, 2007
  • College Planning and Management, Emory University - Turman Hall, October 2007
  • Chronicle of Higher Education, "For Planners, the Opportunity of a Lifetime" - Vedanta University, July 2007
  • Developer, "Retail Revival" - Lexington, KY, Summer 2007
  • Architecture Plus, "India Raising the Education Bar" - Vedanta University, September 2007
  • Architect, Welcome to Monticello, September 2007
  • New Urban News, "A Campus for India, Shaped Like a Mandala" - Vedanta University, September 2007
  • Cadalyst, "1-2-3 Revit: BIM and Visualization, Part 2" - ASG VIS, August 2007
  • Smart CEO, "Developers hope to infuse Pratt Street with Parisian style, " July 2007
  • Creating magazine, ASG publication, No. l: 2003, No. 2: 2006, No. 3: 2008

Key awards

  • Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Award, Vedanta University Master Plan, 2008
  • Urban Land Institute, Award for Excellence: The Americas, Building Bridges Across the River, Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), 2007
  • The Association of University Real Estate, Award of Excellence, The Johns Hopkins University, Charles Commons, USA, 2007
  • AIA Baltimore Design Award, Duke University School of Nursing, USA, 2007
  • Mid-Atlantic Construction, Award of Merit - Education, University of Delaware Independence Complex, USA, 2007
  • SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Planning - Honor Award, Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus Master Plan, USA, 2006
  • ASLA Maryland/Potomac Chapters' President's Award, Baltimore Development Corporation, Pratt Street Design, USA, 2007
  • Maryland AIA Design Award Merit Award - Unbuilt, US Lacrosse National Lacrosse Center, USA, 2006
  • The International Parking Institute Award of Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rams Head Dining, Recreation & Parking, USA, 2007
  • CNU Charter Award City of Long Beach, Mississippi Master Plan, USA, 2007

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