Elaine Gallagher Adams

Sustainability Leader

Elaine Gallagher Adams, AIA, LEED AP BD + C, serves as LS3P’s Sustainability Leader. Elaine brings substantial multidisciplinary expertise and experience as a practicing architect, professor, sustainability consultant, historic preservation specialist, conference speaker, and contributor to national sustainability guidelines.  She is based in the firm’s Savannah office and serves as a firmwide resource for high-performance building design.

Elaine has a broad range of high profile project experience that includes leading an urban autonomous vehicle study for Volvo, managing high-performance integrative design on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and serving as a national voice for whole systems design and deep energy retrofits at Rocky Mountain Institute as a senior consultant, architect, and senior project manager. Leading significant historic preservation projects for many years in New England and then Denver, her conservation mindset led naturally to a deep commitment to sustainable design at every scale and put her into design and consulting roles for contemporary architecture, historic preservation, nationwide corporate energy retrofits, city sustainability initiatives, campus sustainability plans, federal buildings, and international mixed-use developments.