Working with Gontram Architecture

Gontram Architecture was established in 1998 to provide clients with a more flexible delivery of architectural services, emphasizing cost control, contract administration and design excellence. We provide services that meet schedules, and design projects within budget. We realize the client’s interests and make them our own. In the end, we provide a project of which everyone can be proud.

Turning Your Building Ideas Into Reality.

We realize that the major cost of any project is in construction. This may seem obvious, but Gontram Architecture keeps construction cost and how it can be minimized at the forefront of every project. We are experienced in all types of project delivery services, including the traditional design/bid/build. We often participate in the increasingly-popular design/build project delivery services with general contractors. In addition to being a licensed architect, Edmund J. Gontram III, AIA is a licensed general contractor and participates in construction projects through Ten Penny Construction, Inc. We have the resources available to meet or exceed expectations. Simply put, we tailor our delivery approach to suit the client’s needs.

In 2007, Edmund Gontram received accreditation as a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) from the U.S. Green Building Council. Since that time, Gontram Architecture has injected sustainable design elements into traditional projects, educated clients on the benefits of green construction, and worked to reduce waste in the built environment. Gontram Architecture continues this endeavor on a daily basis. Several proposed LEED projects are currently in design, and other non-LEED projects are benefitting from that experience.


Gontram Architecture, Inc. possesses vast and extended experience in many different areas of architectural design. Our office in Raleigh, North Carolina gives us access to projects throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and other states along the eastern seaboard. Edmund J. Gontram, III, AIA holds architectural licenses in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennesee and Virginia. We are NCARB certified which allows us license reciprocity in 47 states. Gontram Architecture, Inc. was incorporated in 2002.


Gontram Architecture, Inc. utilizes REVIT and AutoCAD software titles from Autodesk, and office software from Microsoft, making it easy and efficient to exchange data with clients and consultants. We perform routine backups to ensure data integrity. We use this web site to keep clients, contractors and subcontractors informed of a project’s progress.


To assist with Cost Control, cost estimates are developed at the completion of each design stage to verify project budgets. We are highly skilled in this aspect and pride ourselves on our accuracy. If at any time during design, the estimate should exceed the Owner’s available funds, we can suggest alternatives to bring the project’s cost back within an acceptable range.

Cost control during construction is extremely important and can only be accomplished by careful preparation of the construction documents and attentiveness during the construction phase. All proposed change orders are meticulously examined prior to approval. Costs are researched and verified. No additional costs are approved without careful review and documentation.

Gontram Architecture, Inc. possesses the talents and skill required to fulfill your needs. We have experience working with various types of clients from major corporations to small businesses, from county and state governments to major universities. We have experience designing major multi-million dollar projects as well as small renovations. We pride ourselves on getting the job done right, on time and within budget. We’d like to help you.

Our Team

Eddie Gontram
Eddie Gontram
Principal Architect

Our principal, Edmund J. Gontram III, AIA, LEED AP, is a member of the National, State and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Eddie is also a U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Accredited Professional. He possesses a certificate with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He received his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University in 1989 and a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1991.

Eddie has over thirty-four years of experience in a wide variety of architectural projects ranging from single-family residential to multi-million dollar publicly and privately-funded projects. He has been a licensed architect since 1995. He currently holds architectural licenses in NC, SC, VA, WV, TN and GA. He is also a NC-licensed General Contractor (Ten Penny Construction) with an Unlimited Building classification.

Pete Almasy
Pete Almasy
Project Manager

Pete Almasy has over thirty years experience as a project manager, having worked with several architectural firms and NCDOT since graduating from North Carolina State University in 1988 when he received his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture.  Pete has an excellent background in project management, construction administration, building information modeling, LEED documentation, computer aided design, architectural office management, and personal computer operations.  Experience includes: food service, hospitality, retail, renovation, government, commercial and industrial.

Caroline Towns
Caroline Towns
Project Architect

Caroline Towns received her Bachelor’s of Environmental Design in Architecture and her Masters of Architecture from North Carolina State University. She is a graduate of the first class of students to complete the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure program (iPAL) at NC State University. Caroline fell in love with architecture after attending Design Camp, where she returned to teach as a TA and Architecture Instructor for 3 summers. She has a variety of experience including historic renovations, offices, colleges, and residential.

Richard Blakeslee
Richard Blakeslee
Project Manager

Richard Blakeslee attended University of Florida for his Master of Architecture – graduating in 2005.    He has worked for several firms, with each opportunity providing a progressive level of responsibility.  His most recent previous experiences have been focused on multi-family design (new and rehab) in the market rate and tax-credit fields, as well as senior living facilities throughout North Carolina and the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic regions.  Those experiences have honed his ability to multi-task broad scope projects and developed a strong project management and construction administration foundation.  His other professional experiences include projects in the retail, educational, and healthcare sectors.  Looking forward, he is looking to pursue his license and LEED accreditation.

Pam Gontram
Pam Gontram
Administrative, HR Director

Pam Gontram attended East Carolina University and studied in the Interior Design curriculum. She performs Administrative Assistant duties at Gontram Architecture, including bookkeeping, payroll, marketing and human resources activities.

Reagan Bray
Reagan Bray
Intern Architect

Reagan Bray graduated from UNCG with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture. Reagan is currently a student at North Carolina State University’s College of Design pursuing a Masters of Architecture.

Jordan Gontram
Jordan Gontram
Marketing Administrator

Jordan Gontram consults on Gontram Architecture’s web and social media efforts.  Currently, Jordan is a student-athlete at University of North Carolina Greensboro, pursuing a Master of Sports Psychology.

Ashley Gontram
Ashley Gontram
Storage Consultant

Ashley Gontram coordinates Gontram Architecture’s sample library, supplies and warehouse. Currently, Ashley is a student-athlete at University of North Carolina Greensboro, majoring in Kinesiology, hoping to become an Orthopedic PA.