Edward Ford is the author of The Details of Modern Architecture (MIT, 1990, German edition: Birkhauser, 1994, Japanese Edition: Maruzen, 2000) and The Details of Modern Architecture, Volume 2 (MIT, 1996, Japanese Edition: Maruzen, 2000), both supported by grants from the Graham Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the recently published The Architectural Detail (Princeton Architectural Press). He has published articles in Architectural Design, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Inform, B, eAV, Detail, Harvard Design Magazine, and Perspecta. He was a consultant to the 1992 American Heritage Dictionary, is a member of the Editorial Board of the Twelfth Edition of Architectural Graphic Standards, and a contributor to The Wiley Companion to Architecture.
His architectural work is the subject of his third book, Five Houses Ten Details (Princeton Architectural Press, Chinese Edition, China Architecture & Building Press) and has been published in The New American House, Japan Architect, Competitions, 18 Houses, ARQ, Inform, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Oculus and has been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Society of Architects and the Chicago Foundation for Architecture. He won second prize in the 1990 Matteson Library Competition and third prize in the 1990 Japan Architect Competition. In 2002 the Ford house won an Honor Award for Design from the Virginia AIA, and in 2013 won a Washington Unbuilt Architecture Award for Park and Recreation Structures Revisited and a Commendation for Trinity +1.
In 1997 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University and his publications have been recognized by the Association of Academic Publishers, the AIA, Designers and Books, Lingua Franca, and the Architects Journal. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Art Colony and was artist in residence at Petrified Forest National Park in 2011, at Cape Cod National Seashore and Grand Canyon National Park in 2012 and at Great Basin National Park in 2014. In 2004 he was the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at Downing College at the University of Cambridge. He has lectured at the National Building Museum, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Catholic University, the University of Houston, Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, Parsons School of Design, Rice University, Syracuse University, Clemson University, Georgia Tech, Tulane University, Mississippi State University, the University of British Columbia, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Boston Society of Architects, Grand Canyon National Park, Alvar Aalto University Helsinki, the University of Cambridge, the Architektur Zentrum, Vienna, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Versailles, and the Norske Arkitektakademi and was co-chairman of the 1996 ACSA National Technology Conference.