Edward A. Feiner, FAIA, joined the Sands Corporation as Senior Vice President and Chief Architect on February 28, 2008. He previously worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as Director of SOM’s Washington D.C. office. Mr. Feiner worked on major design, planning, and infrastructure projects in the National Capital Area as well as consulting on projects around the world. Ed Feiner recently joined Perkins+Will as a Managing Principal in the Washington DC Office. Ed's focus is on urban design, planning, and public buildings projects both in the National Capital Area and firm-wid
Prior to joining SOM, Mr. Feiner served as Chief Architect of the United States General Services Administration (GSA). He was appointed to that position in 1996. As Chief Architect he provided national leadership for the design and construction activities of the agency, which included the development of Federal courthouses, office buildings, national laboratories, border stations, computer centers, and special-use projects. During his tenure at GSA, Mr. Feiner presided over the largest public works program in the U.S. since the mid-1930s with the total redevelopment of the facilities of the U.S. Judiciary. The Federal Courthouse Program when completed will include over 150 new Courthouses at a project cost of over $15 billion. At GSA, Mr. Feiner personally reviewed and approved the designs of all major new construction and modernization projects in GSA’s nationwide construction programs. He directed the development of the PBS design standards as well as authored and/or implemented many of the agency's design and construction policies and programs. These included the GSA Design Excellence Program, Construction Excellence Program, First Impressions, and the GSA Design Awards Program. Mr. Feiner’s office also managed special emphasis programs such as: Art-in-Architecture, Accessibility, Historic Preservation, Design for Sustainability, Security Design, and Urban Development.
Prior to joining GSA in 1981, Mr. Feiner served as program manager of the U.S. Navy's shore establishment master planning program at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Earlier in his career, Feiner worked for Gruen Associates as well as M. Paul Friedberg and Associates.
Feiner is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture by the AIA in 1996. Mr. Feiner lectures at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has spoken at many schools of Architecture and Design. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union, New York (Bachelor of Architecture, 1969) and the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. (Master of Architecture/Urban Design, 1971). Mr. Feiner serves on the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union and the American Architectural Foundation. He is a licensed Architect in Virginia and NCARB certified.