Fred Ordway, AIA CSI
Fred Ordway's 45+ years of experience as an architect and interpretive exhibit designer has included a range of building types and clients: museums, visitor centers, nature centers, historic sites, hospitals, correctional facilities, fire stations, police stations, and private residences. Interpretive planning and exhibit design has been a specialty for many of those years. The following project experience outlines the organizations for which Mr. Ordway has worked, showing examples of kinds of projects and responsibilities.
Mr. Ordway has worked as a sole practitioner on projects most of his professional life, often times in addition to his full-time employment with other architects. Whether as principal of his own firm, in collaboration with other professionals, or in the employ of other firms, his experience encompasses planning and analysis of development projects; all phases of architectural design, design development, documentation, and construction administration; and in particular the planning and design of interpretive exhibits and facilities for visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, historic sites, and museums.
Designing interpretive exhibits and their supporting facilities is especially interesting and challenging. Collaboration with other talented people is essential - architects, planners, engineers, interpretive exhibit designers, writers, graphic designers, artists, artifact specialists, graphic researchers, and curators - many of whom may already be part of an organization's staff.
From 2007 through 2014 Mr. Ordway worked for nationally recognized Engineering and Architecture firm, Dewberry, in Fairfax, VA.,first as Consulting Architect and eventually as a full-time employee. Initially involved with commercial projects and marketing on several small visitor centers, changes in Corporate focus moved Mr. Ordway into business development, design development, project management, and detailing of mid-size corporate and local government projects, often design-build efforts. Responsibilities as a senior architect included assisting project teams with quality control, code analysis, detailing, and specifications research/editing in addition to mentoring younger professionals.
As senior partner from 1989 through 1996, Mr. Ordway designed and managed managed many projects requiring architectural design, facility planning, and space renovations as well as interpretive exhibit design.
Associate architect and eventually Vice-President at The Potomac Group in Washington, DC. From 1974 through 1976, then returning in 1982 through 1986, Mr. Ordway was responsible for efforts in this small, design-oriented office located in Georgetown.
1986 through 1989. Consultant to Robert Glaser, Silver Spring, MD, collaborated on many different projects, large and small residential, institutional, and commercial projects in the Washington, DC area.
Staff architect at VVKR in Alexandria, VA., from 1977 through 1982, responsible for design and documentation of a number of hospitals, educational facilities, and higher educational projects throughout the United States. Lead consultant for Agency for International Development project in Damascus, Syria.
Metcalf & Associates
Harry Weese & Associates
Keyes Lethbridge & Condon Architects
Faulkner, Fryer & Vanderpool Architects
Education and Affiliations
Mr. Ordway received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Building Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute and received his Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as a member of the Master's Class. He is a registered architect in the District of Columbia and Maryland, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute.