The Architect of the Capitol | Alumni Profile

The Architect of the Capitol | Alumni Profile


The Capitol building it’s more than just a building it is our symbol of democracy when people come to visit their Capitol building it’s my job to be sure that that first impression is a positive one and one that they take back with them to their home towns across the country and across the globe I’m Stephen Ayers the Architect of the Capitol. “I Stephen T. Ayers do solemnly swear” I Stephen T. Ayers do solemnly swear I was appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate as the Architect of the Capitol for a 10-year term in office. The most visible project we’ve recently completed is the restoration of the dome of the United States Capitol. This just looks like mush because it’s been corroded so much with environmental conditions and freeze thaw and acid rain There are so many challenges maintaining buildings that are over 225 years old and it’s our job to modernize them in a seamless way where the public really can’t see that you’re incorporating new technology incorporating sustainability incorporating security measures and really keeping them looking wonderful everyday. I grew up in Maryland and always wanted to be an architect from a very young age. I chose University of Maryland because the school of architecture had a great reputation. I was excited to come here “Go, Yeah!” you know when i come back for the maryland football games we have a tailgate spot right across the street from the school of architecture and it’s nice to sit back and rethink the memories that I had going through that program that was a lot of fun. Is the stone repair work under here come along ok? – Maryland really enabled me to be successful as a professional. The ability to communicate to think to make decisions all of that was developed in me here at the University of Maryland. I’ve been the Architect of the Capitol officially for seven years now and I still have to pinch myself every day to say hey yeah it’s me. It’s been unbelievable journey


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