He began architectural study at the Monmouth (Ill.) College, and following a later period in Chicago when he attended classes at the Art Institute, completed his training at Columbia’s School of Architecture in New York.
Returning to Chicago, Mr. Waid began work as draftsman for the firm of Jenney & Mundie in 1888, and a few years later was made head of the Drafting Department. In 1894 Mr. Waid was encouraged to start practice for himself in Chicago, and carried on work under his own name until 1898 when he moved to New York.
With an office in that city Mr. Waid was successful from the start in the planning and execution of a number of important commissions. Appointed architect of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company on an Annex to the Company’s original building in New York, he was later associated with Harvey Corbett in planning a new office building in Manhattan and a Printing office for the company in Long Island City. Among other buildings of note designed by Mr. Waid were the Long Island Hospital in Brooklyn, McGregor Sanitarium near Saratoga Springs, N. Y., Gymnasium, Auditorium and other buildings at Monmouth College, and the President’s House and Auditorium on the campus of Wooster (Ohio) College.
In addition to professional practice, Mr. Waid served for three years on the New York City Board dealing with appeals from decisions of the Bureau of Buildings.
He was also a member of the Board of Survey on unsafe buildings and from 1915 to 1923 served on the New York State Board of Architectural Examiners, first as member, later as president. He was a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Art Commission, American Museum of Natural History, the New York Society of the Archaelogical Institute of America, and other cultural organizations.
In the profession of architecture Mr. Waid was elected to the American Institute in 1901, advanced to fellowship in 1901 and in 1917 became a life member. He was a member of the Architectural League of New York, the New York Chapter, A.I.A. and in 1929 received the Chapter's annual award for distinguished work in the profession.