Prior to establishing Pais Architects, Edward Pais had twelve years of experience in small and large firms ranging in size from two architects to over two thousand employees. He has worked at architectural firms in Burlington, Vermont; Boston; San Francisco; and the Washington DC Metropolitan area. He has worked on a wide range of project types including:
- Single and multi-family residential design
- Office projects
- Medical facilities
- Colleges and universities
- Government and military facilities
- ADA surveys
- Secure (panic) rooms
- Suicide deterrent systems
Edward Pais initially received his architecture license in Vermont in 2002 and has since achieved licensure in California, Maine, and New York. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, streamlining the process for registration in other states and Canadian provinces. He is also a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional with a specialty in BD+C (Green Building Design and Construction). Ed is on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Green Building Network and serves as the Chapter President.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College with Departmental Honors in Art and graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. His studies have taken him to Italy and Portugal. The quality of his work has been recognized in multiple ways including: being awarded a fellowship at the University of Minnesota, winning a design competition, and having his work exhibited in shows and an international symposium.
Edward Pais currently serves on the City of Burlington's Design Advisory Board. He previously served on the Planning Commission in the City of Burlington, Vermont from 2000 to 2005, including one year each as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Commission. The major issues that the Planning Commission undertook during this period were a comprehensive rewrite of the zoning code, the redevelopment of the Moran Plant, and preparing the Municipal Development Plan, in addition to providing oversight of the Department of Planning and Zoning. His involvement in the Planning Commission led to serving on and chairing other city committees including the Planning Commissions’ Long Range Planning and Executive Committees, Historical Preservation Advisory Committee, and Search Committee for the Director of Planning and Zoning. He has served as a representative on a committee at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. He has worked with other charitable organizations including the Humane Society of Chittenden County, Habitat for Humanity, Local Motion, Middlebury College, and the Committee on Temporary Shelter in Burlington.