Graves Design Group, LLC.

Pittsburgh Architectural Design Firm


GDG is a Pittsburgh based full service architecture design firm that provides architectural design, interior design, design and development expertise, and other architectural graphic services. As the successor firm to Graves Architects, Inc., we have been servicing a variety of public, private, and non-profit clients since 1988. Our primary specialization is in educational facilities, parking garage facilities, and residential housing or urban development projects. We also take part in designing office and retail facilities, commercial building structures, entertainment venues, historical restoration, LEED certification, and government projects.

Through 20+ years of experience, we have developed a reputation for creative and cost effective solutions to design, coordination, and planning issues that meet a client’s budget, program, and schedule. This starts with paying great attention to learning and understanding our client’s needs. We then apply our experience to meet or exceed those requirements, offering recommendations and working with the client along the way, to ensure positive results.

To us, positive results are best achieved through interactive dialogue with the client that leads to implementation of essential project elements. Among these are:

  • 1. What kind of environment the client is wants us to provide; for in living, working, learning, or entertaining programs
  • 2. Prioritized program components with respect to a realistic budget
  • 3. Maximized use of Green Technology, LEED criteria, and sustainability practices whenever possible
  • 4. Maximize the useful life of the structure, with attention towards providing lower long term maintenance and operating costs

The relationships we form with our clients, through a history of successful projects, helps to define who we are as a progressive firm. Our clients tell us we offer all of the services and capability of a large firm, but with a personal interaction and accessibility that many large firms can’t match. We are positioned to provide essentially the same number of people as a large firm, on projects we compete for. What differentiates us is that our principals are assigned to all of our projects. Our projects are run by decision makers and not middle managers. This is beneficial to our clients because it can provide a more efficient line of communication, which helps meet budgets schedules. We have become leaders in our areas of expertise by offering superior services with the personal contact with clients. As leaders, we continuously take strides to stay competitive and remain dynamic in our practice by investing in our quality staff, continued education, technology, professional memberships & certifications, and LEED accreditation.

Graves Design Group is generally the lead professional on our projects. However, we occasionally serve in association with or as sub-consultant to; other firms and general contractors, in design-build scenarios. These strategic alliances allow our teams to compete successfully for very large projects and developments. We are able to bring value to these teams with our professional design experience and continue to assist in meeting minority business enterprise (MBE) goals for certain projects through Graves Architects, Inc., which is Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)-certified in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is certified as a SDB enterprise through the US Small Administration. MBE certification for GDG is pending.