Michael R. Phinney
RA AIA NCARB LEED AP
NY VT MA PA
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Bachelor of Architecture | Bachelor of Building Science
Michael Phinney, Principal at Phinney Design Group is a licensed Architect, AIA Member and LEED Accredited Professional with over 22 years of experience in architectural design and construction observation services. As the founder and Principal at Phinney Design Group, Michael has organically grown a niche company that has developed a reputation as a thoughtful, responsive and highly creative design firm balanced with great technical thoroughness. Being a leader and pioneer in the sustainable design movement since the mid 1990’s, Mike has the been the team leader on many environmentally sensitive buildings including the first certified green building in New York State in 2001, the first certified green building in the Adirondack Park in 2008, and the first certified “Healthy House” in the Northeastern United States in 2004.
Having completed a great diversity of work and project types; Michael’s experience includes building design, interior design, landscape design, land use analysis, and urban and rural planning. Having often lectured on the sustainable design movement, he brings a revolutionary way of thinking to the way people build and develop in today’s society.
Being able to work across a diverse array of project types is a skill set very evident in Michael’s work; being an excellent listener while allowing our clients to discover what they didn’t think possible has become a goal for every project the firm is involved with. Having been the Project Designer and lead Project Architect on hundreds of projects over two decades, Michael brings great knowledge, depth, creativity and a passion for design and detailed execution of the project through construction. He has become a mentor and coach for many talented individuals who have added to Phinney Design Group’s reputation and talent over the past fifteen years.