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Graves Design Group is a MBE certified Pittsburgh based full service architecture design firm that provides architectural design, interior design, design and development expertise, and other architectural graphic services. Beginning in 1988, we have developed a reputation for creative and cost effective sustainable solutions to design, coordination, and planning issues that meet a client’s budget, program, and schedule. 

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About Graves Design Group LLC

We are known for creative and cost-effective solutions to design, coordination, and planning that meet a client’s budget, program, and schedule.  This starts with paying close attention to learning and understanding our client’s needs.  We then apply our experience to meet or exceed those requirements, offering thoughtful recommendations while working with the client along the way, to ensure positive results.

Graves Design Group can serve clients as the lead professional, or, as part of a larger design team as a sub-consultant on very large or specialized projects.  While we are selective on projects we undertake, we give the same enthusiasm and attention to the small ones as we do the large marquee sized projects.  Our network of some of the best consultants in the industry have helped us to build lasting professional relationships that directly benefit our clients on every project we encounter.      

Graves Design Group is nationally-certified as a MBE (Minority Business Enterprise).  We have always embraced diversity in all aspects of our business from staffing to selection of sub-consultants.            

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Awards & Recognition

Platinum LEED for Commercial Interiors for Sports & Exhibition Authority Offices at David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pennsylvania Parking Association for Innovation & Design of a Parking Lot for Ladle Parking Garage
Award of Excellence from Congress in New Urbanism for  Oak Hill Housing Development Garden Apartments
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Award of Merit to Graves Architects for Allegheny Traditional Academy

The American Institute of Architects Design Award of Excellence to Graves Architects for Lazarus Department Store and Parking Garage

Preservation Pennsylvania, Incorporated and Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Historic Preservation Achievement for PWA/Graves/Noble JV for the Commonwealth Statue
The City of Pittsburgh and the Historic Review Commission Certificate of Recognition to Graves Associates for the outstanding adaptive reuse of the former Engine House No. 26 into the Firehouse Apartments
The City of Pittsburgh And the Historic Review Commission Certificate of Recognition for preserving and enhancing the character of the Manchester Historic District through restoration of 1301, 1303, 1305 and 1309 Pennsylvania Avenue
Special Recognition from US Department of Housing and Urban Redevelopment for Pennsylvania Townhouse Restoration of Manchester

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Our Clients

​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.

Allegheny County Housing Authority
Allegheny Health Network
Bobby Rahal Automotive Group
Black & Veatch
BPGS Construction
Carnegie Mellon University
EQT (Equitable)

Family Resources

Federated Department Stores
General Services Administration (GSA)
Hunt Construction Group, Inc.
Mc Donald’s Corporation
Michael Baker

PNC Bank

Pittsburgh Innovation Center
Pittsburgh GATEWAYS
Pittsburgh Public Schools
Pittsburgh Sports & Exhibition Authority  
Propel Schools
University of Pittsburgh                    
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
URA of Pittsburgh
YWCA of Pittsburgh

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