Patrick Carey, GRP

Patrick Carey, GRP

Hadj Design Principal, Admiral at the Lake Green Roof Maintenance & Groundskeeper


Chicago, IL, USA. Patrick Carey has a degree in architecture and is principal of Hadj Design. Since 2000, Hadj Design has evolved from a design-build green roof and living wall to a research and design organization. Patrick has designed, installed, or consulted on over 100 green roofs to date. This work ranges from residential to commercial and institutional, various geometries and global climate regions, and with various performance characteristics such as storm water, food production, healing garden, habitat support, public art, and phytoremediation.

As such, he has been an activist in forming or aiding in the formation of grass roots green roof groups. His academic background is in philosophy, architecture, and botany/horticulture. Of people, Patrick states, “Abandon your need to know who he is and judge for yourself the truth of his words. It doesn’t matter if he is a bum in the park or the Pope. Think for yourself and don’t relax your critical faculties in the presence of self-inflating hype.”

Patrick is currently working at the Admiral at the Lake, a 300 residence retirement facility in Chicago, tending to its five green roofs and acre of grounds. He is also a GRP, Green Roof Professional with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, has also been a trainer with GRHC since 2004, where he facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, 301, & 401 Courses. Patrick has also taught at the University of Washington, Washington State University, and has initiated green roof courses at South Seattle Community College, and Edmonds Community College in Washington State.

In addition, Patrick is a contributing editor on; he is the Architecture Editor (2005). He writes an occasional architectural column entitled “A View from the Sky Trenches,” where he selects and discusses pertinent greenroof industry topics.

Patrick is part of a Panel Video with Jörg Breuning.