Kenneth Schmieder

Ken Schmieder joined the firm in 1982. As head of the Electrical Department, Ken coordinated the firm’s efforts on numerous life-safety system upgrades including hotel fire alarm, communication and sprinkler systems retrofit projects. His extensive experience can be represented by some of New York’s premier hotels: The Gramercy Park Hotel, the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca and most recently, the Marriott International and Ian Schrager joint venture Edition New York (Clock Tower). His experience is not limited to hotels; Mr. Schmieder engineered prototype schools in New York City, a Computer Science building in New Jersey, as well as museums such as the Hudson River Museum in NY. For industrial clients such as Firmenich, he designed a research laboratory facility, prepared the electrical designs for process facilities and designed the renovation of an existing high-rise office buildings electrical service distribution and fire alarm systems while the building was occupied.

With focus on the effects that commissioning has on projects during design, Mr. Schmieder developed the firm’s standards for commissioning electrical systems. This includes electrical commissioning plans, Pre-functional Checklists and Functional Testing procedures employed by the firm’s commissioning program.

Using his foundation of over 45 years of experience in the lighting and power system design profession, he has been invited as a guest lecturer for many undergraduate architectural student programs. He advises students and speaks on the topic of Introduction to MEP Systems.


  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering
  • BS in Electrical Engineering
  • Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn


  • Professional Engineer Registrations:
    • Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee & Vermont

Professional Affiliations:

  • Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • National Fire Protection Association