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February 2008


MEET THE ARCHITECT

Rich Granoff
By Alexa Stevenson

A RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL ARCHITECT PUTS AN ECO–FRIENDLY STAMP ON ALL OF HIS PROJECTS

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What's your design philosophy? I consider myself a "pluralist." Every project is unique; I am influenced by the site, program, client and budget. After a thorough analysis of the information at hand, I design something that is wonderful and appropriate. You're a proponent of "green" design. How do you get those who inevitably want a big house in Connecticut to go green? Although large, a project can consume less fossil fuels than a much smaller home that is not green. Most of my clients are open–minded about green design, but need my expertise to understand exactly what the options are and how it effects their project. What's exciting to you in the world of design right now? I see more of an acceptance of modern architectural concepts. I love to inject modern ideas in materials, form and space into my work, so that the projects have a cleaner look. What do you think should go away? Complacency in home design. Even in our very expensive part of the world, most new homes are still "builder's Colonials" that all look the same. Name a source of inspiration: I studied architecture in Florence, and am completely inspired by all things Italian (including architecture, cars, clothing, food and wine). What period of history are you drawn to? I am drawn to many different periods of architecture. The Renaissance is a constant inspiration, as are the shingle–style homes and modernism. Most of my work is not "pure," but references a variety of different periods. I always try to inject a modern twist into a design. Who has had a profound impact on your work? The work of Frank Lloyd Wright really inspired me while I was a student at Syracuse. Visiting Fallingwater was like a religious experience for me. Is there anything that people would be surprised to know about you? I married my high school sweetheart and played drums semi–professionally through college. What are your secret obsessions or guilty pleasures? My guiltiest pleasure is my Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. The design is beautiful and it is engineered to perfection. What would you do for work if you weren't an architect? I'd be a graphic designer, sommelier or race car driver.

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