Paul Conant, AIA, President
I started my education at Herkimer County Community College because I didn’t know I wanted to become an Architect until my senior year of high school and needed to take courses in order to build a portfolio to apply for Architecture School. This afforded me the ability to work at a local architecture firm on a part time basis during the school year and during the summer months. After Herkimer, I transferred to Syracuse University School of Architecture and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After graduation in 1997, I worked for two years at the Jersey Shore on Long Beach Island designing Shore homes and custom residential developments in Medford, NJ. I decided to come back to Upstate NY in 1999 and worked for many years with Scott Townsend at Townsend Associates which later became a part of Vollmer Associates LLP. In 2007 I joined EYP/ and worked for 10 years on Higher Education projects and many large-scale US Federal Government Projects in Germany and the Middle East. In 2017, I decided to join CSArch to diversify my experience working on K-12 Education projects. Currently I’m the Senior Project Architect on the $150 million dollar Albany High School Renovation Project. I began volunteering at the AIAENY in late 2017 and became VP of Programs in 2018. The reason for me to begin volunteering with the AIA was simple; I wanted to give back. I wanted to repay all of the people that helped me along my journey in this profession. As President this year, my hope is to continue the growth begun by my predecessors and pass along a strong and vibrant chapter to my successor.