WHAT MAKES AN "ALFANDRE " PROJECT?
If you live in the Hudson Valley, you may have heard us on the radio and be familiar with our tagline: “Creating spaces and places of lasting beauty”
Lasting beauty is the key. We would like to believe that everything we design and build will last well into the future. In a world accustomed to cheap and disposable, it feels extraordinary when something is built to last. We believe that “built to last” should not be extraordinary, but standard.
We embrace those who care about quality.
We stand for the health, well-being and comfort of our clients and their families.
We are committed to sustainability and positively impacting the environment.
We envision the continual evolution of design to create buildings in harmony with their surroundings.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“As a child, I spent weekends on construction sites. When my grandparents built their dream home, I spent almost every weekend with my grandfather on site …
I built Alfandre Architecture to make people happy and to help them realize their dreams and visions.”
Rick Alfandre, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a prolific architect who, over the past 27 years, has designed and built more than 300 projects ranging from multi-million-dollar hotels and resorts to solar residences. Recently completed projects include office buildings, churches and synagogues, retail buildings and spaces, multiple dwellings, restaurants, hotels, manufacturing facilities and custom residences. The founder and President of Alfandre Architecture, he is expert in the design of maximally energy-efficient, climactically responsive buildings that are solar-ready, and state-of-the-art construction systems that minimize energy requirements.
Mr. Alfandre manages a youthful and motivated work force with skills in Building Information Modeling, Computer Aided Design and hand drawing, three-dimensional visualization and visual impact studies. A leader in the green building movement in upstate New York, Mr. Alfandre has worked closely with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to grow the USGBC New York Upstate region as well as the Hudson Valley Branch's regional programs. Alfandre has spoken extensively on green buildings and sustainability to business and consumer audiences. Mr. Alfandre is devoted to creating spaces and places of lasting beauty, working closely with clients to plan for efficient, resilient and cost-effective projects. Alfandre’s offices are located in their LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy office building situated on Main Street, New Paltz, NY in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley.
He launched EcoBuilders Inc. in 2009 to provide full design and build services to his clients. EcoBuilders completed projects include office buildings, resort and hospitality facilities, high performance residences and historic restoration projects.
Alfandre is the recent past Chair of the US Green Building Council NY Upstate Chapter, is a past member of the SUNY New Paltz School of Business Advisory Council and is a 2013 Business School Hall of Fame Inductee. He serves as an advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School; and is a past board member of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Alfandre is past president of the New Paltz Rotary Club (2008) and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation in 2009. He served for nine years as a member, and two years as Chair, on the Town of Esopus Environmental Advisory Board. He has also served as a member of the Huguenot Historical Society’s Building and Grounds Advisory Committee.
Mr. Alfandre is National Council of Architectural Registrations Boards (NCARB) certified, a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and the Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley (CCAHV). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from SUNY New Paltz in 1980 and a Master of Architecture degree in 1987 from the School of Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Licensed to practice architecture in the states of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, Rick Alfandre has formed solid working relationships with area building and planning officials and has collaborated with many regional professionals to create a unique team approach to projects.
“We want to bring quality to the built environment. We want to solve the disjointed and un-appealing urban streetscape and the mass-produced lack of vision in human habitat. We want to solve the issue of humans living at odds with their environment.”
Sam Dillehay received his Masters in Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2006. He joined Alfandre Architecture in 2007 as a project manager, and has been responsible for managing all phases of projects, from pre-design through construction administration.
Sam Dillehay has been chiefly responsible for the exploration and implementation of new technologies within the office, including incorporating Building Information Modeling into the office workflow, and using 3D models for comprehensive daylight and shadow analysis.
David has been a Senior Designer at Alfandre Architecture for over 20 years. He is committed to applied research and post-occupancy evaluations for high quality, sustainable, energy-efficient design. David has also taught in design studios at university-level accredited colleges of architecture for over 22 years. He is skilled at urban and building design, receiving numerous design awards. He has been a licensed architect for over 35 years.
David attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Bachelor in Architecture and Bachelor in Arts. He also received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
"My name is Aaron Kirchhoff, and I consider myself a blue-collar intellectual. I’ve set out on a journey to be a master builder; in my estimation, designing and building are equal forces, as one informs, limits, or extends the other. Because a builder may not wear a tie, does not mean he is not a professional. Because an architect may not dirty his hands, does not mean he is more valuable than the builder.
The process of construction is a collaborative effort, it thrives on communication and synergy in the amalgamation of all parts, people and places involved. There is an inextricable spirit of place developed during the process of construction, the energy is captured in the attention to detail and the dedication and focus of all involved. I believe in a linear path of progression being patience, excellence, and then efficiency, borne out of a never ending quest for knowledge."
Aaron joined Alfrandre Architecture in 2020 as Project Manager. His previous experience has allowed him to develop a well-rounded understanding of the construction industry which ensures a smooth project delivery.
Aaron Kirchhoff received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from NYIT Manhattan in 2012. Aaron has worked as a Junior Architect in New York City, Carpenter’s Apprentice in Tokyo, and a builder in California and Virginia.
Robyn joined Alfandre Architecture in January of 2020. Before completing her architectural studies, Robyn designed many local projects including multiple additions, complete-home renovations as well as two new-home builds. Her involvement and joy in these projects led her to pursue a formal degree in Architecture. Naturally curious and with an artistic eye, Robyn brings over 20 years of experience in interior and spatial design. As a part of the Alfandre Team, she is currently working on multiple residential and local municipal projects while continuing to pursue licensure.
Robyn has received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz and an Associate in Applied Science and Architectural Technology from Dutchess Community College.
Sean Joined Alfandre Architecture in the summer 2020 as a Project Manager. He is a skilled carpenter and woodworker with over a decade of experience in residential construction. In addition to his work as a carpenter, Sean has years of experience as a furniture designer-builder and shop manager. His fascination with architecture and design lead Sean to go back to school to study architecture, fulfilling a lifelong ambition to become a design professional.
He is currently working toward a certificate in sustainable building and design from the Yestermorrow Design Build school in Waitsfield Vermont. He is passionate about working to preserve the rich architectural and ecological character of the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Sean has received a Certificate in Sustainable Building and Design and an Associate in Applied Science, Architectural Technology from Dutchess Community College.
Linda is the head of business development at Alfandre Architecture. She provides marketing; branding; media planning and buying; advertising and graphic design, illustration and photography; website development and digital marketing. Her essential skill is deep listening to client needs and enabling those visions to be turned into beautiful and sustainable projects. With Linda, buildings and client relationships are built to last.
Linda owns Ad Essentials, a full-service advertising and marketing firm located in New Paltz for over 26 years. She began her career in advertising and marketing at DDB Needham Worldwide.
She currently maintains a position on the board for Local at Heart, a non-profit organization that fundraises to build infrastructure and support for community food pantries, and is a board member for the New Paltz Community Foundation.
Linda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY New Paltz with graduate courses in typography and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU:
We will take a holistic, multi-dimensional approach to your project, learning everything we can about how you use your space and how we can best design the building around YOUR needs.
We will design and build a space of long-lasting quality and beauty that will fit in seamlessly with its surroundings.
We will integrate sustainable design principles to give you a high-efficiency building that will save you money and give you a healthier, more comfortable life.
We will give you all of the information you need to make informed decisions with expert advice you can trust.
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