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Architects & Engineers: Rebounds and Changes

October 1, 2020

Like roadsters cruising across the desert at 80-something mph, Nevada’s architectural and engineering firms slammed hard on the brakes when the COVID-19 pandemic threw up a roadblock last spring.

Now that traffic is moving again, some lanes are moving faster than others. Business is recovering at most firms, but executives don’t expect a full recovery until 2021.

Sam Nicholson, President Grand Canyon Development Partners Testimonial

September 2020

Bob Maricich, CEO International Market Centers Testimonial

September 2020

Interview with Dominic Armendariz on Mentorship

August 2020

Edward A. Vance, FAIA Candidate for 2021 AIA National First Vice President/2022 AIA President

August 2020

Heather Engle, CEO Las Vegas Rescue Mission

July 2020

COVID-19 will reshape how communities are designed

July 18, 2020

Ed Vance, FAIA Congratulates the 2020 Architecture Student Graduates

UNLV, Caesars open technology lab in Las Vegas

January 2020

Tucked away on the fourth floor of the UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park lies the hotel-casino of the future.

The mock resort-casino space inside the new Black Fire Innovation hub provides an open environment where students, startups and companies can collaborate and test technology for the gaming and hospitality industry. The hub held its grand opening Thursday morning.

Like most Strip casinos; there are blackjack tables, slot machines and even a sportsbook. But there are also offerings that have yet to hit most properties, including an esports studio, virtual reality lab and internet-of-things enabled guest rooms.

Under-construction Expo at World Market Center books 3 events

January 2020

The Expo at World Market Center, designed by EV&A Architects in Las Vegas looks like it could be big enough to stage a rodeo. And it will.

Representatives of International Market Centers, which is building the $90 million, 315,000-square-foot conference center in downtown Las Vegas, said three nonmarket events have been confirmed, with two others in contract negotiations. Among the confirmed events: the Vegas Tuffest Junior World Championship rodeo competition, which is moving from Clark County’s Horseman’s Park in December.

EV&A Podcast on the New Campus Master Plan for The Las Vegas Rescue Mission

January 2020

EV&A Architects was on Vegas magazine's podcast panel for a discussion about designing the new master plan and campus for Las Vegas Rescue Mission. The design incorporates the latest in technology and materials, sustainable design features, and offers an environment for inspiration, reflection, and healing. The Las Vegas Rescue Mission is beginning its capital campaign to draw in sponsors and supporters for their new campus. This new design invites individuals and corporations to want to put their names on it.

If you're interested in supporting the Las Vegas Rescue Mission in its capital campaign contact (702) 382-1766.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevates new fellows to its prestigious College of Fellows

July 1, 2019

WASHINGTON – Feb. 22, 2019 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating 115 member-architects to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession.

The fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Prospective candidates must have at least 10 years of AIA membership and demonstrated influence in at least one of the following areas:

·         Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession;

·         Promoted the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education,    training or practice;

·         Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other  related professional organizations; or

·         Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment.

Two Summerlin: An Office Building with a Unique Exterior Skin Featured in NAIOP Development Magazine

Summer 2019

A recently finished six-story 153,000-square-foot Class A, LEED Silver office building in Nevada incorporates a pioneering exterior design process.

Two Summerlin, located in the corporate master-planned community of Downtown Summerlin, serves as the local headquarters of The Howard Hughes Corporation, a national developer of residential, office and retail properties. Downtown Summerlin is one of the company's developments, and Two Summerlin is the next element of its corporate master plan build-out for the community.

The Howard Hughes Corporation solicited Two Summerlin's design through a request for proposal process and a design competition that attracted national and local architecture firms. The winning design, by Nevada-based Ed Vance & Associates Architects (EV&A), offered high-design yet budget-conscious construction along with knowledge of the area. Matthew Burns, EV&A's project manager, was responsible for design, construction administration and commissioning.

EV&A Architects, founded in 2006, is the architect of record for hundreds of Howard Hughes Corporation projects. These include the award-winning Aristocrat Technologies headquarters in Las Vegas, the majority of the industrial buildings in the Hughes Airport Center industrial park located near McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, as well as more than 100 tenant improvement projects for other Howard Hughes Corporation properties.

Strong Design Architects and Engineers in Nevada

June1, 2019

Even as the Las Vegas economy recovered from the Great Recession, Ed Vance and his architecture firm survived almost solely on the business from the Lucky Dragon. For two years during the project, Vance said projects were relatively hard to come by as developers weren’t quick to pull the trigger.

Vance is adamant that all changed with the 2016 election. Since the election, Ed Vance & Associates Architects has been inundated with projects. In the quarter following the last presidential election, Vance said he had four major office building projects and two more since then.

“Since the election we’ve been over the moon,” Vance said. “It seems like since 2016, everybody pulled their thumbs out of the damn.”

The work has provided Ed Vance & Associates enough revenue to build a new office out of cash flow.

Chris Lovett, owner of Revolution Engineering, has similar sentiments when it comes to the steady stream of business coming in to his firm. Lovett left the Valley for several years before returning to Las Vegas in 2014.

“The last couple of years, to me, has been increasing,” Lovett said. “When I came back, things were still kind of, not scarce, but there was some hesitation to pull the trigger on projects. You’d hear about something, but no one would push forward. Now, I don’t see that as much in the last two or three years.”

Two Summerlin For The Howard Hughes Corporation Featured in CPi Magazine

August 2018

Emerging from within the corporate master planned area of Downtown Summerlin is a new, Class A office building for The Howard Hughes Corporation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two Summerlin is the future home of the owner/developer who solicited the design by request for proposal and design competition. Both national and local architecture firms competed. The winning design by local firm Ed Vance & Associates Architects (EV&A) led by Ed Vance, FAIA, NCARB offered high-design, budget-conscious construction, and local familiarity for managing the project.


Matthew Burns, Associate AIA is EV&A's Project Manager overseeing design, construction administration, and commissioning. The building delivers over 153,000 square feet in six-stories with a separately designed, three-story parking garage commissioned by a different architect. Two Summerlin offers much-needed corporate office inventory for the Las Vegas valley and is already pre-leasing space.

Movers & Shakers

January 01, 2018

Ev&A Architects (11 years in Nevada)

Type of Business: Architecture

Hails from: South Dakota

11 years with company in Nevada

Based in: Las Vegas, NV

How did you first get into your profession?

I was born in South Dakota, and raised in Eveleth, Minnesota. I essentially grew up in the Great White North with my brother and two sisters enjoying 9 months of winter and 3 months of bad sledding each and every year.

UNLV, Gardner Carry Forward Tech Park Development


Gardner Co. along with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are moving forward with the Harry Reid Research and Technology Park, a 122-acre master-planned research and technology community in Las Vegas. Gardner Co. has been retained by UNLV Research Foundation as master developer of the tech park.

The facility was spearheaded in conjunction with Ed Vance & Associates and the initial plans call for 12 office buildings comprising more than 1.5 million square feet of commercial office space. Upon completion, the tech park will encompass five-story office buildings with steel and concrete structural elements that include glass, stone and efis.


The community will mix technology trailblazers with emerging enterprises, being located in a highly sought-after area of Southern Nevada. Additionally, the expansive park will offer top-of-the-line facilities to accommodate all business configurations. The Tech Park will contribute to the discovery and incubation of new innovative technologies. 

Burke Construction Group serves as the development’s general contractor of phase one for the park, while Slater Hanifan Group has been appointed as civil engineer.

Gardner Company Hires Architect for UNLV Research & Technology Park


On Nov. 21, Gardner Company announced Ed Vance and Associates as the architects for the UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park.

Founder and CEO of Ed Vance and Associates, Ed Vance said, “We are thrilled and honored to be a part of this extraordinary project and look forward to fostering a long and successful relationship with the Gardner team.”

In July 2016, the UNLV Research Foundation had selected Gardner Company as the master developer for the Research & Technology Park. Gardner hopes to break ground by fall 2017.

Vice President of Development for Gardner Company’s southern Nevada office, Dan Stewart said, “We are making great progress in putting together a skilled team to design and develop the tech park. Ed Vance and his team have worked on some impressive projects and I look forward to seeing what ideas they can integrate into Gardner’s vast array of building experience.”

Vegas INC Book of Business List of 2017

June 01, 2017

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Senior-living facility may be built in North Las Vegas' urban core

May 21, 2017

A senior-living facility could be built on a vacant 18-acre parcel that was once home to a high-crime multifamily complex in North Las Vegas' urban core.

The North Las Vegas City Council last week selected Sargem to develop the $60 million project which calls for building 240 units, a park, a dining room and library within an area bound by Carey West and Morton avenues and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Gardner Company Hires Architect for UNLV Research & Technology Park

November 30, 2016

Gardner Company announced Ed Vance and Associates as the architects for the UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park.


Founder and CEO of Ed Vance and Associates, Ed Vance said, "We are thrilled and honored to be a part of this extraordinary project and look forward to fostering a long and successful relationship with the Gardner Team."

Everybody Wants Some

September 2016

It's no secret that Las Vegas is unique among cities, powered by the promise of excitement, fantasy fulfillment and indulgence, made possible in large part by its vibrantly imagined architecture and cleverly designed spaces. Last year, the city's entertainment, recreation and leisure experiences attracted 21,306 conventions and 42.3 million visitors. Naturally, those eye-popping numbers inspire the envy of other cities seeking similar success.

ENR Sourthwest 2016 Best Projects

August 19, 2016

ENR Southwest is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 Best Projects competition, which is open to projects in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.


A Panel of eight judges represented the varied demographic imprints in the industry - from project manager to vice presidents and senior architects the judges also selected a number of merit winners.

VegasInc's "The List" - Top Las Vegas Firms

June 2016

The List features a collection of the top firms in Las Vegas.

Industry Blueprint: The New Normal for Architects and Engineers

August 1, 2015

The construction industry is still rebuilding after the recession. One of the hardest hit industries, construction employment declined nationally by 13.7 percent during the downturn, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "In Las Vegas, construction didn't really slow down," said Robert Finnegan, PE, Finnegan Erickson Associates (FEA), "It stopped." That stoppage included the architecture and engineering sector, which continues to recover, somewhat uncertainly.

Man's Best Office Mate

March 26, 2015

Only 17 percent of American companies allow animals in the workplace, according to an American Pet Products Manufacturers Association survey, but the idea is gaining steam. Ed Vance brings Pepper, his 7-year-old Shih Tzu, to his business, Ed Vance & Associates Architects, 900 S. Pavilion Center Drive, Suite 180. He and his wife Ruby, an insurance benefits broker, both work long hours. "When we got him, he was very young, and we couldn't see leaving him at home by himself," he said. "So, I brought him in. Now, if I don't bring him in, for whatever reason, they (his employees) miss him." 

Vibrant Vegas Vision

March 2, 2015

Graduating from college in 1980, Edward A. Vance, FAIA, NCARB, encountered a tough recession and work was scarce. So, he got together with a few of his friends and fellow graduates, and launched a new solar company developing, designing and manufacturing solar systems for residential use. Metal was the primary material for their collectors as well as their mechanical fastening system. Discovering firsthand the importance and durability of metal wall and roof systems, Vance learned these panels were much more than just a means to heat a building. 

A New Hope: Power Poll 2015

March 1, 2015

With the recession having reaffirmed Nevada’s “Battle Born” motto, this recovery has added a new twist on another name for this state, the Silver State. Company owners and executives are seeing the silver lining in a tough economy as businesses grow and are leaner and more efficient than ever. And, while hopeful of the sustainability of this growth, executives remain cautious, ever aware of the ups and downs this state has seen in recent history.

Vegas By Design

February 2015

From an intriguing boutique casino to an important new fashion venue, Architect Ed Vance's coming projects play to Las Vegas's growing international Renown.

Like A Phoenix, Vance Is Back

January 26, 2015

If that which does not kill you makes you stronger, than Ed Vance is the man of steel. And that's apropos for one of Las Vegas' leading architects. Yet it was no mere multimillion-dollar project that tested Vance's iron will. It was the Great Recession. And it was a great and grave matter of survival. So, with no blueprint to draw upon as owner of Vance and Associates - someone responsible for the 29 other lives that constituted his extended office "family" - he had to quickly sketch out a plan of action to save his business.

Largest Recycling Center Breaks Ground in Nev.

January 10, 2015

When it came to recycling, there was a time not so long ago when southern Nevada lagged behind much of the nation. But now that is all so much old history. Crews began work in Nov. 2014 on what is slated to be the largest residential recycling facility in the nation. At 110,000 sq. ft. (10,219 sq m), the Southern Nevada Recycling Complex will double residential recycling capacity in the area and will have the capacity to process roughly 265,000 tons (240,403 t) on an annual basis. It is set to open in fall 2015 and is expected to eventually employ 180-full-time personnel.

The Bonus Is Back

December 25, 2014

Yes, Las Vegas, there is a Santa Claus. And it's your boss. More companies are awarding bonuses and throwing holiday parties in a sign that the recovering economy is gathering strength. Credit an improving economy for employers acting more like Santa Claus than Scrooge. More companies are offering cash bonuses for the first time in years or are increasing the size of bonuses. Some are back to offering pay raises to start in January. 

Nevada Business Magazine Industry Focus

December 2014

As the economy recovers, commercial real estate is slowly regaining footing in the Silver State. Recently, executives representing the industry met at the Las Vegas offices of Gordon Silver to discuss the challenges of commercial real estate in Nevada. Connie Brennan, publisher of Nevada Business Magazine, served as moderator for the event. These monthly meetings are designed to bring leaders together to discuss issues relevant to their industries. Following is a condensed version of the roundtable discussion. 

Edward A. Vance, FAIA Awarded Regional AIA Silver Medal

October 20, 2014

EV&A Architects, an elite Las Vegas-based architecture firm, announced today that Founder and CEO Edward Vance, FAIA was awarded the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA Western Mountain Region Silver Medal.

Montevista Hospital Expansion KLAS

September 8, 2014

This video aired on Channel 8 News in Las Vegas and covered the grand opening of Montevista Hospital's most recent expansion.

Edward A. Vance Elected To The AIA College of Fellows

August 12, 2014

Las Vegas-based EV&A Architects announced that CEO and founder Edward Vance was selected for elevation to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Vance is the only recipient from the state of Nevada to receive this prestigious recognition this year.

Las Vegas Executive Creates An Architecture Firm To Design His Vision

August 4, 2014

Edward A. Vance, FAIA is the founder, CEO and design principal of EV&A Architects, a specialty design firm serving the hospitality, commercial and healthcare industries. For over 32 years, Vance has worked in the profession of architecture, winning numerous design awards and significant commissions. Vance is a registrered architect in seven states and is NCARB certified with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from North Dakota State University.

Edward Vance Makes the Odds in Vegas

July 2014

Edward Vance grew up buildings structures in the Minnesota woods behind his house and taking things apart and putting them back together. He drew and sketched constantly - "even in math class when i wasn't supposed to be sketching," he says. In ninth grade, when Vance did a career report on architects, he just knew that was it for him. "It was almost like the profession chose me; it was more of a calling than a conscious decision," he recalls.  It's no surprise that this modern day Da Vinici has now been recognized as an AIA fellow.  

Architecture As A Calling: Ed Vance's Las Vegas Firm Growing Again

May 24, 2014

As a child, Ed Vance built tree forts and sketched drawings to express himself. He was born in a small town in South Dakota and raised in Minnesota, where his mother - an artist - encouraged his artistic abilities. He discovered that he had an uncanny ability for spatial recognition. While in the ninth grade, he knew that he would become an architect.

Edward Vance Of EV&A Architects Elected To The College Of Fellows Of The American Institute Of Architects

May 14, 2014

EV&A Architects, a Las Vegas-based architecture firm, announced today that CEO and founder Edward Vance was selected for elevation to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Vance is the only recipient from the state of Nevada to receive this prestigious recognition this year.

'We Hire Adults And We Treat Them Like Adults'

May 4, 2014

As founder and CEO, Ed Vance has seen his business take some dramatic hits form the economy. Of course, that trickled down to his employees. "For the first time in four years, it's nice to say that things are good. Things are actually going bananas right now. I haven't used words like growth, margins and profits in years." The architectural firm grew during the real estate boom to 30 employees in 2008. That number slipped to five as of late last year. Today, he's back to roughly 20 employees - with several positions that he's still working to fill.

Architecture Firm Displays Survival Attitude during Tough Times

August 1, 2010

Design Professionals have bene in survival mode during the last two years. Some sadly didn't make it. Company layoffs have grown weekly as employers scramble to dodge the downturn. It's the worst recession in modern history. Some projects have been terminated and delayed; other have evaporated.

Architects Adapt to Tough Times


Over the last two years, design professionals of all disciplines have been in nothing less than survival mode and some simply haven't made it. Each week the numbers of layoffs grew as we frantically attempted to dodge the fallout from the worst recession in modern times. Projects were killed, postponed, or never even materialized. The result was that firms were faced with tortuous lay-offs, salary reductions, reduced office hours and cutting non-essential costs to the bone. Few firms want to shed their trusted, well-trained architects so they were often put on retainers or placed on a contract basis when work was available.

The Personal Touch


Founded in November 2006 by President and CEO Ed Vance, AIA, NCARB, Ed Vance & Associates (EV&A) is a full-service hospitality and commercial architectural and interior design firm. With a strong desire to promote his true creative individuality, Vance followed his dream to be a designer rather than an executive.

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