As Architect of the Capitol, Ayers is responsible for facilities maintenance
and operation of the historic Capitol Building, the care of 553 acres of
grounds, and operation and maintenance of 17.4 million square feet of
buildings including the House and Senate Office Buildings, Capitol Visitor
Center, Library of Congress Buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court Building, the
Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, and other facilities.
Ayers completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture at the
University of Maryland and received his Master's of Science degree in Systems
Management from the University of Southern California. After attending
Officers Training School at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas,
Ayers was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and assigned to
Edwards Air Force Base. There he served as a Staff Architect with the 6510th
Civil Engineer Squadron managing numerous design and construction projects.
He was promoted to Design Team Chief and progressed to the rank of Captain.
Ayers was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and after five years of
active duty, decided to pursue a career in public service in another way.
After working in the architectural and engineering community in the
Washington, D.C., area, Ayers joined the Voice of America as a General
Engineer in 1991. In 1992, he transferred to Rhodes, Greece, to lead design
and construction efforts at several Voice of America sites in Greece and
Germany. Ayers returned to the U.S. in 1997 and joined the Architect of the
Capitol as an Assistant Superintendent for the Senate Office Buildings. In
1999, he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent. He was then promoted to
Superintendent of Library Buildings and Grounds in 2002. In October 2005,
Ayers was appointed as Acting Deputy Architect/Chief Operating Officer. In
March 2006, he was selected as Deputy Architect/Chief Operating Officer. In
February 2007, Ayers began serving as Acting Architect until his appointment
as Architect of the Capitol in May 2010.
Ayers is a licensed architect in California. He also is an Accredited
Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environment Design. He is a Fellow
of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the National Historic
Trust for Historic Preservation, the George Washington Chapter of Lambda
Alpha International, Construction Users Roundtable, Construction Industry
Institute, Washington Building Congress, and Construction Managers
Association of America. Mr. Ayers is the recipient of the Construction
Industry Institute’s 2011 Carroll H. Dunn Award for Excellence.