esg | Architecture & design

Since the company’s founding over three decades ago, ESG has helped clients create environments for community, business and leisure by providing holistic, creative solutions to complex problems.

About The Team

The experience derived from our work allows us to offer each client great breadth of informed and integrated services. We create truly unique environments that enhance our communities and help our clients successfully pursue their goals in the development and construction industries.


our founding principals

Here since the beginning, Mark Swenson and David Graham have laid the foundation for excellence…


As one of ESG’s founding principals, Mark has grown a regional practice into a firm of national leadership and prominence in residential, hotel and mixed-use development. His expertise is in hospitality, specifically the space programming and schematic design of hotels. One of the leading hotel planners in the country, Mark has been principal-in-charge on more than 70 completed hotel projects. He is principal-in-charge on 14 hotels currently in design or construction located in 10 states across the U.S.         <more>

David graham, FAIA, LEED®AP

A founding Principal of ESG, David is a national leader in the design, development and planning of mixed-use, residential and commercial buildings. David received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University where he focused on urban mixed use design and city building. David and ESG continue to lead the local and national revitalization of U.S. cities through the design of a new generation of innovative mid- and high-rise residential mixed-use buildings that add density, vitality and sustainability to urban centers.    <more>

OUR Leadership

ESG's Commitment to Sustainability

ESG is a leader in the promotion and creation of urban density, transit-oriented development and the design of livable communities. Our approach to sustainability, in conjunction with our commitment to design excellence, produces beautiful high-performance, mixed-use buildings as well as enhanced occupant health and wellbeing. ESG brings its expertise in sustainable design to every project from site selection to final commissioning. We implement a multi-disciplinary collaborative process from conceptual pre-design through construction completion. Sustainability is an integral part of that process. Fulfilling our clients’ project visions and goals is our utmost priority. Whether or not a client decides to pursue a benchmarking program, we strive to incorporate cost- and resource-reducing strategies whenever possible while assisting our clients in making informed design decisions. Throughout design and construction, we suggest strategies that increase energy- and water-use efficiencies, and advance cost benefits and project goals. We problem solve to find innovative ways to incorporate energy-efficient systems and healthy materials. Our services continue through building completion with commissioning, measuring and verification for accountability and optimization of building performance.

Basically, we believe that sustainable design benefits us all.