I value well thought-out, efficient plans and details that make a place feel well crafted. I think that design should revolve around the people who occupy and interact with a building. I want things to feel natural — everything should just work. I don’t favor any particular style of architecture but I think that the style of a project should permeate every aspect of a building from its layout to its smallest detail.
I see design as a collaborative process. Everyone has something to contribute, based on their strengths. My goal with each project is to find the right balance between leading the process and collaborating with the client, contractor and other team members in order to find a solution that exceeds everyone’s expectations.
I utilize 3-dimensional drawings when ever possible to help clients understand the design and give the clearest possible idea what a project might look like when it’s finished. I find that people have a more difficult time truly understanding flat, 2-dimensional drawings. Using perspectives really brings an idea to life and really contributes to the design process.
Throughout the process, I apply careful consideration and many years of experience to every aspect of a project. I provide insightful design solutions and help create well-crafted buildings that are both functional and beautiful.
Broadly speaking, there are three facets to sustainable design:
- Increasing energy and water efficiency
- Improving indoor air quality
- Reducing use of natural resources
There are many things that we can do with design and materials selection to make any project “Green.” From designing with the sun’s path in mind, to choosing the right insulation, to selecting appropriate fixtures and finishes, Green Design looks at the entire building and offers many options to create a more sustainable end product.
Ultimately, the goal of any Green project is to create a high quality building that will use fewer resources and provide a healthier environment.
Bill Engelhardt, Principal
28 years of experience working on many types of projects:
- Custom Homes
- Residential Additions and Remodels
- Office Interiors
- Parking Garages
Worked with a variety of different architectural firms, from small, five person offices, to one of the largest in the world, Gensler. Oversaw many projects from inception to completion. Developed the comprehensive set of skills necessary to design, detail, document, and manage an architectural project.
Licensed Architect in New York and California
Masters Degree in Architecture – Arizona State University – 1992
Bachelors Degree – State University of New York at Buffalo – 1990
Associates Degree – Hudson Valley Community College – 1985