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.
“I decided to work to become an architect so that I can be part of building structures that will last longer than I will be alive. The work we do is more than a business.”
Joe Buglino received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture Design from SUNY Buffalo in 2004. Joe has been with Alfandre Architecture for over 20 years, where he has gained extensive experience with construction administration.
In 2012, Joe Buglino was appointed Vice President of EcoBuilders, Inc., a general contracting firm founded by Rick Alfandre. As the construction manager, Joe is responsible for the coordination and management of numerous commercial, religious, residential, as well as municipal projects.
Joe’s experience as a construction administrator at Alfandre Architecture and a construction manager at EcoBuilders, Inc. allows projects to be fast-tracked from design through construction. His commitment to design, building science, structure and budget ensures that your design plans will be executed as intended.
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 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.
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.
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 earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Art from SUNY New Paltz. She continued with Graduate courses in typography and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts.
She began her career in advertising and marketing at DDB Needham Worldwide, first working on the account side. And, quickly moving into Presentation Services, where she conceptualized and designed presentations, providing art direction for all New Business, client/employee meetings and executive speeches. Gaining expertise in all facets of graphic and video production, she wrote, produced and directed PSA’s and promotional videos. As Director of New Business and Presentation Services she planned and monitored the department operating budget, planned, implemented and evaluated marketing opportunities on behalf of the Agency’s New Business effort and wrote and coordinated RFQ responses for prospective clients. The acquisition of the Bermuda Tourism Authority and NEC were accounts attributed to her efforts.
Linda founded Ad Essentials, an advertising and marketing firm in New Paltz, 26 years ago. Through her career she has proven her skills with positive results for her customers and has maintained a long-standing full client list. The services rendered include: local, national and international media planning and buying; advertising design and placement; marketing, branding and business development; graphic design, illustration and photography; package design; website development and digital marketing. Ad Essentials has been designing and producing the bi-annual, HV MFG magazine for the Hudson Valley Manufacturing Industry for several years.
As the marketing manager for the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway she has provided photographs of the region for over 15 years. This has helped Linda to learn about the interconnectivity of all parts of this land. She is able to help others see a different perspective and hopefully arrive at a deeper level of caring for the earth. This deep connection to the land and her love for architecture has brought her to Alfandre Architecture, where she can help others see the benefit of sustainable building and thinking about how it will be part of the future.
Volunteering within the community has been a focus since she was a college student. In many ways, making the future a better place by providing children with places to develop and the tools to discover new things. With Girl Scouts she continues to provide a space for girls to be powerful, to take risks and become leaders. Linda has earned the rank of Ni Dan and teaches Isshinryu Karate to 5-8 year olds. 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 she is a board member for the New Paltz Community Foundation.
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.
GET IN TOUCH
Find out how Alfandre Architecture can deliver your project seamlessly from design to build.