Ed Schmidt

AIA Architect and Executive Director, Fanning Howey

Ed Schmidt directs the Washington, D.C. office of Fanning Howey, a national leader in school planning and design. As an architect, he has helped renovate or construct more than 30 million square feet of educational facility space during his career. As a parent, he has watched his three children experience public school systems on the East Coast. This means that for the past two decades, Ed has been living, breathing, and dreaming "education" 24 hours a day.

Most recently, Ed has helped direct the renovation or expansion of three historic high schools in Washington, D.C. He is also part of a team that is overseeing more than $500 million worth of school construction in Detroit, Michigan. Always eager to share his experiences, Ed has lectured extensively
on trends in school design, including sustainability, safety and security, and long-range planning.