Edward Kohls

(301) 405-8000

Ed has enjoyed architecture by transforming numerous college and university campuses through his philosophy of collaborative design. Using processes tailored to the culture of each campus, he has guided advances in educational design and responsible campus development with more than 70 significant commissions across the country.


Ed was the managing principal of Baltimore-based Ayers Saint Gross’ primary architectural design studio, the Arts & Sciences Studio, which specialized in the planning, programming and design of academic, health professions, science and research buildings, and their campus environments. Other commissions included strategic developer-lead projects, generally those which would have an impact on urban design, or be university related.


Prior to joining Ayers Saint Gross in 2005, Ed was a founder of Design Collective, Inc., a national architecture and planning firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. Design Collective was highly recognized for its work in the field of higher education, corporate and mixed-use architecture. Achieving a fine balance between design, function, and context was paramount. This approach led to the expansion of Design Collective’s commissions, numerous national and local awards, and publication in several professional journals.


Ed believes in using his professional skills to contribute to society. Among his many interesting commitments, he has served with AIA Baltimore and AIA Maryland, was a member of the State of Maryland’s Board of Architectural Review, served as the Chair of UMBC’s technology park - and has served on many other philanthropic and civic committees.