Grant Ley, AIA, LEED Green Associate, helps building owners achieve cost-effective and efficient spaces, whether he’s laying out a program at a kickoff meeting, working through a detail to figure out how a desk wraps around a corner, or creating graphics to brighten interiors.
He has done everything from determining space needs and selecting furniture to repurposing dated spaces into vibrant new offices and conference rooms. During one of his three internships at Legat, he helped research and design the daylighting system that fills our Gurnee studio with natural light.
Grant also enjoys finding different ways to express a client’s vision and culture. Examples include designing graphics that promote wayfinding and integrating a logo into a feature wall. Grant recently worked with a 100-year-old high school to create floor-to-ceiling corridor graphics that celebrate the building’s history and connect the school’s past with the present.
Grant is unique at Legat in that he holds degrees from two Big Ten schools: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S. in Architectural Studies) and the University of Michigan (Master of Architecture). His studies gave him a passion for “eco-regenerative urban design,” which involves achieving environmentally-responsible planning and construction in urban environments.
In his spare time, Grant enjoys photography, traveling, and drawing large maps based on places he’s visited. He’s also building a collection of license plates from every state he has been in. So far, he’s up to 13.