Graham Gillespie, AIA


Graham Gillespie, with HOLT for over 35 years, has designed, managed, and developed countless educational, healthcare, housing and commercial projects throughout the region. By providing consistent guidance, direction, and inspiration, Graham leads project teams to develop thoughtful solutions that uphold clients’ core values and beliefs, and support the local culture and economy. As the Managing Principal of HOLT, Graham creates a work environment that allows for creativity and growth, promotes success, affords flexibility, supports quality of life goals, and gives back to the communities in which HOLT employees live.

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  • B. Arch, Cornell University 


  • Registered Architect: New York


  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Society for College & University Planning (SCUP)
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I)
  • The Center for Health Design
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Member
  • National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association

Community Service

  • Village of Cayuga Heights  Planning Board
  • YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County
    • Board  Member
    • Buildings & Grounds  Committee
  • Tompkins County Affordable Housing Program, Member, Application Review Committee 
  • American Cancer Society, Member, Community & Coaches vs. Cancer Committee
  • United Way of Tompkins County:
    • Board of Directors
    • Executive Committee
    • Governance Committee Chair
    • Personnel, Finance & Audit Committee