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Business Advisory Council: Rick Alfandre

Rick Alfandre
Alfandre Architecture, PC

Rick Alfandre, AIA, President of Alfandre Architecture, PC is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), who has been specializing in the field of environmentally responsive planning, solar design, and energy and resource efficient building techniques for over 28 years. Alfandre Architecture is committed to the design of durable buildings and sites that integrate, to the maximum extent possible, sustainable design principles, particularly the integration of energy efficiency measures.

Mr. Alfandre has lived and worked in the Hudson Valley since 1976. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1980, Mr. Alfandre worked as a carpenter and general contractor in residential and light commercial construction. In 1983, he enrolled in the School of Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In addition to his own studies, Mr. Alfandre served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in environmental technologies, focusing on the integration of energy efficiency and resource conservation during the construction process and in the buildings constructed. In addition to resource conservation, Mr. Alfandre focused on minimizing the use of construction materials with the potential for toxicity both during and after installation. After graduating with a Master of Architecture degree in 1987, he returned to the Hudson Valley.

Between 1987 and 1991, Mr. Alfandre worked with several area architects as a Senior Designer and Project Architect, overseeing all phases of project development. His design work included custom residences, residential additions, mixed use commercial buildings, restaurants, retail stores, offices, and manufacturing and industrial facilities.

In 1991, Mr. Alfandre received his license to practice architecture in the State of New York. Recent independent commissions include religious facilities, municipal buildings, retail stores and shopping centers, commercial office buildings, multiple dwellings, restaurants, hotels, manufacturing facilities, new custom residences and furniture design.

During his years in the Hudson Valley, Mr. Alfandre has formed solid working relationships with area building inspectors and planning officials. This network of communication and Mr. Alfandre's acquired knowledge of area zoning and planning regulations enables our clients to expeditiously obtain the necessary project approvals.

Mr. Alfandre served for nine years as a member, and two years as Chair, of the Town of Esopus Environmental Advisory Board. He has served as a member of the Huguenot Historical Society's Building and Grounds Advisory Committee. He is the current president of the New Paltz Rotary Club, a board member of the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School and the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, and a past board member of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Mr. Alfandre and Alfandre Architecture staff, are active members of the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce, the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce and Mid-Hudson Patterns for Progress.

Mr. Alfandre is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA), the New York Solar Energy Society, and the United States Green Buildings Council (USGBC). Mr. Alfandre is National Council of Architectural Registrations Boards (NCARB) Certified. Mr. Alfandre was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation