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I am an architect, a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, and a principal at Ashley McGraw Architects in Syracuse, New York. I help my firm design deeply sustainable buildings, and to bring holistic thinking to that endeavor. This often leads me outside of architecture. This website is one communication method of that thinking; I also travel and speak to clients and at conferences about sustainable design and Blue Design. I love putting together thoughtful presentations, speaking from my heart, and helping my audiences to see new potential in their everyday activities.
Where I live defines much of who I am. I am the seventh generation on my family’s farm in Lansing, New York, in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region. I am a husband and father of three young children. Who I am is intertwined with my place: family and rural life, history and connection.
I subscribe to some classic rural values. These include self sufficiency: harvesting my own firewood, generating my own electricity, and growing as much of my food as possible. I also am inherently skeptical of top-down, large scale action, and believe genuine, lasting change stems from motivation that originates within each of us. Finally, I love simple tasks because they help me to think deeply: gardening, cutting firewood, woodworking, mechanics, and taking care of the farm.