Male, born 1935-04-11, died 2017-11-02

Associated with the firms network

Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK); Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johanson, (NBBJ); Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott (SBRA); The Richardson Associates (TRA) Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors

Professional History


Architect, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, Architects, Boston, MA, 1962-1964.

Architect, Young, Richardson, and Carleton, Architects and Engineers, Seattle, WA, 1964-1967.

Partner, the Richardson Associates, Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors, Seattle, WA, c. 1990.

Architect, Naramore, Bain, Brady and Johanson, Architects, Seattle, WA.

Vice-President of Aviation and Transportation Practice, Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum (HOK), Seattle, WA, 07/28/2008. McCagg's career coincided with a boom in jet travel worldwide, and he became a leading specialist in airport design. His obituary stated: "What would follow was 50 years in airport planning and design at the firms T.R.A., NBBJ, and HOK, during which he had a hand in designing over 100 airports in the U.S., 15 in the Middle East and Europe, and 15 in the Far East and Pacific region...." (See Seattle, "Edward McCagg, 1935-2017," published 11/05/2017, accessed 01/17/2020.)

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter, 1969- .

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1987. McCagg was "...recognized [for] his contributions to professional knowledge related to airport design." (See, "Edward McCagg FAIA," accessed 01/17/2020.)


High School/College

Coursework, the Cooperstown Academy, Cooperstown, NY., c. 1950.

Graduate, the Pomfret School, Pomfret Center, CT, 1953.

B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1957. While at Harvard, McCagg rowed on its varsity crew team.

M.Arch., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1962.



Born in New York, NY, Edward King McCagg spent his early childhood in the well-to-do Westchester County town of Katonah, NY. He was educated at the Cooperstown Academy, Cooperstown, NY, and Pomfret School, Pomfret Center, CT. With this elite education, McCagg was prepared to enter Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, which he did in 1953. He obtained his undergraduate degree here in 1957 before entering Harvard's Graduate School of Design where he completed his Master of Architecture degree in 1962.

McCagg came to Seattle after living in Boston between 1962 and 1964, working for several of the leading architectural firms of the city, beginning with Young, Richardson, and Carleton, Architects and Engineers, in 1964.

He passed away at this home in Kirkland, WA, at the age of 82.


His parents were Louis Butler McCagg and Martha Love McCagg.

He had at least two sisters, Caroline McCagg and Mary McCagg Perkins.


He wed Sharon Ann Van Rooy on 12/18/1965. (See King County Marriage Records, 1855-Present: Edward King Mccagg Ii - Sharon Ann Van Rooy, King County Marriage Records, 1855-Present, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,, 01/17/2020.)


He and Sharon had twin daughters, Mary McCagg Larin and Elizabeth McCagg Hills, and a son, Ted McCagg, III.

Biographical Notes

His nickname was "Ted."

McCagg came from a family that loved rowing. His obituary stated: "Rowing was a constant presence in Ted's life, passed down from his father and brother, then pursued in college and after. Having just missed making the Olympic teams in 1960 and 1964, he became a mainstay in the Northwest rowing community, passing along his love for the sport as a coach and early advocate of women's rowing, a role that helped pave the way for his twin daughters to compete in three separate Olympic Games." (See Seattle, "Edward McCagg, 1935-2017," published 11/05/2017, accessed 01/17/2020.)

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 5010