E. Clay Elder is President and CEO of ESD Partners, a Charlotte firm that provides commercial architectural, interior design and project management services throughout the Southeast, with particular expertise in financial, medical and corporate facilities. Before establishing ESD in 1992, Clay had over thirteen years of experience in Project and Design Management positions with local and national architectural firms based in Charlotte.
Clay is a registered architect who holds registrations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, Delaware and Kentucky. A native of Shelby, NC, he received his degree in Architecture at UNC Charlotte. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), organizations that develop and recommend standards for architectural registration as well as the standards reformulation and improving the practice of architecture.
Among Clay’s awards are the 1994 L. Vincent Lowe, Jr. Business Award, issued by the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina and the Best New Construction of the Year in 1996, issued by the South Carolina Downtown Development Association.
A Legacy of Excellence
ESD began building a legacy of design excellence in 1992 by specializing in meeting the unique needs of customer service-focused clients in the financial industry. Today, our professional staff of architects, interior designers, and project managers continues to develop strong solutions for not only our financial clients but also a wide range of corporate, medical and specialty use clients.
To us, every opportunity represents more than a “project”. It opens the door for a long-term relationship, a chance to make a major contribution to a client’s enduring success and growth. By offering individualized design through expertise, we help clients look beyond the then-and-now and consider how the decisions they make today will continue to impact their brand and organization far into the future.